2019 Rock Eligibles

It took a while for Basement Jaxx to achieve some International success, but once they did they were able to create Hose staples that may very well stand time’s ultimate test. Many who hear Basement Jaxx for the first time only think of them as a group that only did House music, but they pushed that genre’s edge more than they got credit for.  
The music critics absolutely love them, and it is easy to see why. Their dreamy brand of Pop was about as pretty as it came and this was not meant to be a negative. This gentle type of music was perfect for the Indie scene, yet was not type of music that was meant for the Adult Contemporary stations. As long as they stay on their…
Possibly the uncrowned king of retro cool, Brian Setzer first made his mark with the 50’s Rockabilly throwback, the Stray Cats. He would reemerge in the 90’s looking even further back in ushered in the Swing revival. This brings up the same question that we have asked with other musicians who have had great overall careers, but not necessarily a Hall of Fame run with any…
Like many Alternative bands, Grandaddy was at their best when they merged old with new.  Their most praised work showcased their ability to use Electronic textures over a Folksy type sound.  Lyrically, they followed a similar vein exploring technology from seemingly a rural American point of view.  They were a good and quirky little band but that is not the type that the Hall looks for. …
Regular visitors to our site know how adamant we are against actors singing.   Academy Award winner, Jamie Foxx may be one of the exceptions to that rule as the multi-talented performer, actually can sing. Foxx sold millions of records not just because he is a famous actor and comedian, but because those people actually enjoyed the music. Sadly we wonder how many other actors will fail…
Still very much active and still recording, Jimmy Eat World is a key band credited with the Emo scene which first gained prominence in the 90’s.  It was at the turn of the millennium though when their catchy Pop Emo hybrid songs really caught the band National attention.  They aren’t a Hall of Fame band at present, but they still have a lot of juice left…
The cute librarian next door struck gold before she officially had a record deal when her single, Stay went to the top of the charts from the Reality Bites Soundtrack. The slightly quirky Singer/Songwriter never did that well again, but she was able to live successfully off her music which was probably all she ever wanted to do…..or stock books at the library. 
Does being the arguable king of the Slowcore movement get a band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? If it does, then it would stand to reason that Minnesota’s Low would get into the Hall. Despite helping to pioneer this sub-genre, we really have little reason at this time to think that that anyone from this musical style will get into the Hall at…
An underrated West Coast Heavy Metal band, Machine Head was a powerful band that took Thrash Metal to the next decade. Considered influential in the Metal circles, Machine Head would be a solid contender for any Heavy Metal Hall of Fame, but we know that until their metal forefathers get in, there is little to no chance for the Oakland based rockers. 
The first from the Wu-Tang Clan to crack solid solo success, Method Man was either completely lovable or devastatingly menacing; depending on what song you were listening to! As one of the more recognizable MC’s of the last twenty years, Method Man is in all reality in the same Hall of Fame boat as his Wu-Tang brethren: His best chance for Cleveland lies in the collective…
A Pop-Punk band that flies under the banner of Religious music, Mxpx is a hard working band that largely goes under the radar. Regardless of their religious beliefs, they are undeniably talented, but with the exception of early R&B infected Gospel acts, Jesus and the Hall of Fame are not exactly hand in hand. 
In Canada, it could be argued that the most successful home grown Alternative Rock act would be Our Lady Peace.  They always charted well in Canada and with a melodic structure that echoed Classic Rock and a uniquely voiced lead singer (Raine Maida), it does not take Canadians long to identify an OLP song when it appears on the radio.  This is a resume that will…
P.O.D. (Payable on Death) utilizes a myriad of influences (Christian, Metal, Hip Hop, Latin, and Reggae) and manages to put them together perfectly. The San Diego based band had a solid decade on the Alternative charts, though that seems to be waning in recent years. This is likely another case of a really good band that just did not make a big enough splash to be…
Papa Roach started out as one of the many bands who were fusing Punk and Rap, but a listen to their later efforts displays a very good Hard Rock band.  Papa Roach overall is a talented band but they come across more as a band following a trend than setting one.  They are still producing good music, but they will have to change a few perceptions…
An earthy Singer/Songwriter, Paula Cole has been pigeonholed like so many from the hits she had. Known best for the Dawson Creek anthem, “I Don’t Want to Wait” and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone”, Cole has been unable to escape those hits, and reach a deeper audience. Regardless, she is more than just those two songs, though not likely Hall of Fame material.  
A New York City Cult band, Soul Coughing was an Experimental Rock band that was very difficult to categorize. Were they a Post Grunge Band, or a Noise Rock band, or a strange combination of both? Regardless of what label they did or did not have, their fan base was a solid one and though they are from a Hall of Fame contender, they did make…
Trying to figure out just who started the EMO genre is proving a bit difficult.  Sunny Day Real Estate has been given credit by some for that origin, as their debut album took the Post Grunge and brought melodic sounds to it.  The band did not last long, but they have been pointed out by many current EMO bands as a group that influenced them.  Although…
The only category that even remotely fits for Tortoise is calling them an Indie Rock band. Beyond that, the definitions become murky as Tortoise was very experimental in nature utilizing anything and everything from Krautrock, Dub and Jazz to make albums that were not found on the traditional Rock or even Independent scene.  The critics do love them and they found a niche fan base, but…
Their story hasn’t been written yet, and this may be good as there as an excellent chance that California’s Unwritten Law has some of its best work still left in them. They have been labeled by some as a Skatepunk band, but this was a label that never quite fit, and they were more of a standard Indie Rock band. They still have a lot left…
Another band that benefited from the Alternative explosion of the 90’s, Veruca Salt, was overlapped the lines of cute and Grunge and effortlessly. With a couple of solid efforts in the mid 90’s, they were able to achieve a modest level of success, but it was not over a long enough period of time to really be considered a Hall of Fame contender.