bite the dust--music to check out
Music to check out

Modern bands that prove rock and roll style music, whether it be garage rock,
psychedelic, or authentic blues is still alive and being made.


New York based band, part of the post-punk revival sound with Ian Curtis-like vocals. Similiar sound to The Chamelons or Echo & The Bunnymen.
Check out: "Slow Hands", "Stella was a diver and she was always down", "Roland"

The Black Angels

The band's name derives from the Velvet Underground song "The Black Angel's Death Song". Contemporary acid rock at it's finest. Psychadelic album covers with a 13th Floor Elevators vibe. They sound just like Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Byrds, and Jefferson Airplane.
Check out: "Melanie's Melody", "Telephone", "Yellow Elevator #2"

Of Montreal

From Athens, Georgia neo-psychedelia and indie rock, Violent Femmes vibe. Influenced by Beatles and Bowie. A nice merge between glam rock and electronic.
Check out: "The past is a grotesque animal", " Gronlandic Edit ", "To A Pathological Creep"

The Arctic Monkeys

English band part of the Post-punk revival. Garage rock sound, Paul Weller sounding vocals. Influenced by The Smiths.
Check out: "Dangerous Animals", "Fluorescent Adolescent"

The Heavy

A fine example of contemporary funk and blues from Bath, England. They can bring it also when it comes to psychadelic rock. Vocals could be compared to Curtis Mayfield and James Brown. Covered "Doing My Time" by Johnny Cash.
Check out: "Can't play dead", "How do you like me now", "Just My Luck"

Roxie 77

Great example of contemporary hard rock with members from Sacramento, California and Sweden. Music is reminiscent of Guns N Roses and alternative bands of the early 90's. Lead singer Ryan Roxie did guitar work for Alice Copper and Slash. Biggest guitar hero is Brian May from Queen.
Check out: "Stay In California", "The Question", "Poster Idol"

The Black Keys

Garage and indie rock from Akron Ohio. Influenced by popular genres from the 1950s - 1970s, including rock and roll, glam rock, rockabilly, surf rock, and soul. The band cited several retro acts as musical influences, including The Clash, The Cramps, T. Rex, Ramones, The Beatles, Sweet, The Cars, and Johnny Burnette.
Check out: "Tighten Up", "Lonely Boy", "Gold On The Ceiling"


A great example of neo-psychedelia from Atlanta Georgia. Sound is influenced by 50's girl group pop and features saxophone sounds inspired by the Rolling Stones' album Exile On Main Street.
Check out: "Revival", "Famous Last Words", "Spring Hall Convert"

Atlas Sound

Psychadellic and experimental rock. Bradford Cox, the creator of Deerhunter went solo and created this band. His method of creating music is stream-of-consciousness, and he does not write lyrics in advance. Atlas Sound performed at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival named after the song "All Tomorrow's Parties" by The Velvet Underground.
Check out: "Walkabout", "Recent Bedroom"

The Dandy Warhols

Portland Oregon based Brit power pop sounding band, alternative rock and neo-psychedelia, vocalist sounds like Lou Reed on some tracks. This band supported Bowie on his 2003 Reality tour.
Check out: "Lou Weed", "Smoke It", "Bohemian Like You"

Jeremy Jay

Song writer from LA California resmscent of 60's pop with a soft melancholy voice.
Check out: "Airwalker", "Just Dial My Number", "Ghost Rider"

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Post punk revival, awesome surf guitar, Chrissie Hynde-esque vocals from NYC. Their style has been described as "an art-rock trio who made an edgy post-punk, dancefloor-friendly racket that mixed up Blondie with Siouxsie and the Banshees."
Check out: "Black Tounge", great cover of "Sheena is a punk rocker", "Y Control"

The Black Crowes

Atlanta, Georgia based classic rock and blusey sound, soulful vocals. Toured with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (and many others). Influenced by The Rolling Stones and The Faces.The band has announced that they will return in early 2013.
Check out: "Hard to handle", "Blackberry", "Twice As Hard"

Holly GoLightly

Singer-song writer from London named after Audrey Hepburn's character in Breakfast At Tiffany's. Girl garage rock and rockabilly with a raw sound. Sang with The White Stripes on their album "Elephant."
Check out: "Til I get", "All around the houses", "Waiting Room", "Grandstand", "I can't Be Trusted"

The Donnas

Kick ass girl group with a Joan Jett and The Runaways feel from Palo Alto, California. Drawing inspiration from The Ramones, Kiss, and AC/DC. Toured with Pat Benetar and Blondie.
Check out: "Take It Off", "I Don't Wanna Go To School", "Friends Like Mine"

The Hives

Swedish garage rock meets punk, retro feel, David Johansen sounding vocalist. Similiar stage antics as The Who. Toured with Pearl Jam.
Check out: "Go Right Ahead", "Tick Tick BOOM", "Hate to say I told you so"

The Vines

Sydney, Australia garage rock and some great grunge rock tracks. Were dubbed "The second coming of Nirvana." Named themselves after an Elvis cover band.
Check out: "Ride", "Riverview Avenue", "Weird Animals"


Austrailian band, hard and garage rock with vocals similar to Steven Tyler. 2 brothers in the band both claimed to have been hugely influenced by their parents classic rock records. Opened for The Rolling Stones. Worked with Iggy Pop on the single "Wild One."
Check out: "Are you gonna be my girl", "Get what you need", "That's all lies"


Manchester England based band heavily influenced by The Beatles. Vocals sound hauntingly like John Lennon's. Ringo Starr's son Zak was their drummer for a while.
Check out: "Don't Look Back In Anger", "All Around The World", "Champagne Supernova"

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