2020 Rock Eligibles

The Electronica duo from France that comprised Air, put together some of the best music that Electronica has ever had to offer. With a series of albums that leaned more towards the Chill and Ambient side then the Dance styles normally associated with Electronic music, Air was creating a dreamy and hypnotic sound collection of sounds as opposed to the driving pulses that was done by…
Despite their name, the duo that comprised the Electronic duo known as Board of Canada is not Canadian at all. Rather, they are Scottish, but as much as their name alludes to a tranquil place, their Electronic music is at its based when it incorporates rich and soothing Ambient textures. BOC could also vary into Techno and Trip Hop, but all the while they still had…
A Celtic infused Adult Alternative group, Carbon Leaf may very well be one of the most technically proficient bands that you never heard of. They have recently managed to gather more attention, but they have a long way to go to even be remotely considered for any kind Hall of Fame, let alone the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2020Country of…
The stage name of Chan Marshall, Cat Power is a talented minimalist Singer/Songwriter whose songs are among the most introspective of this or any other time. Perhaps, Cat Power could be too introspective as she has been known to just break down in concert with long soliloquies about her life. Her style is certainly a unique one and with each concert bringing a different performance she…
D’Angelo was at the forefront of what was called the Neo-Soul movement, which was basically inputting the Classic Soul sound into modern R&B and Hip Hop.  D’Angelo was a throwback in many ways as he was a true artist who sang and penned his own material.  The issue here is that in the last fifteen years he has done very much.  With only two albums and…
To call the Deftones simply a Nu-Metal band is an injustice. Although they are rooted in Metal and started off with a Nu-Metal vibe, Deftones are one of the most experimental and musically aware outfits and they can use any kind of style and give a Hard Rock edge. Their discography shows a constant progression and there is no reason to think that the next fifteen…
Essentially a one hit wonder, Dishwalla had a few albums in the late 90’s and early 00’s that sold moderately well. Music wise they a soulful Post Grunge sound that to some may have strayed a little far towards Adult Contemporary, but that did allow them to reach an audience that may not have been made available to them normally. Realistically, they only had one hit,…
At present, it would be hard pressed to find a Spanish singer who has more success than Enrique Iglesias. In fact, you may have to back to his famous father Julio Iglesias, to find anyone who has done as well with the Spanish speaking market than Enrique. As you can figure, the bulk of his success has been in Spanish, but this is not to say…
Although she is very much in the large shadow of her deceased husband, the Notorious B.I.G. (no pun intended), Faith Evans was an accomplished artist in her own right. From her beginnings as a session singer, Evans was always writing songs. When she finally received the chance to sing her material, it proved to be among the better R&B efforts of the time. Faith Evans has…
As the Electronic genre continues to grow, it is almost expected to find that the bulk of the music emerges from Europe. In Austria, we find Christian Fennesz who although is appropriately categorized as an Electronic artist, Fennesz creates a large part of his music with a six string guitar. Fennesz is often cited as an artist whose music is amongst the most richly textured and…
In the mid 90’s, Filter was able to capitalize on the still prevalent Alternative boom with a debut album that featured Industrial and Alternative influences. Filter was than able to carve out a decent career with albums and multiple Soundtrack singles that kept them in Alternative scene’s eye. Although they did achieve some success, they did not do so as a leader of the genre and…
Wisely changing their name from the Rainbow Butt Monkeys, Finger Eleven was for a long time one of the best kept secrets in Canadian Hard Rock. As they continued to evolve and incorporate more varied elements into their work, Finger Eleven not only escaped the Underground in Canada, they were able to get noticed in the United States. With their last album gaining them attention, it…
You will have to forgive us of as we didn’t think we would hear much from Dave Grohl after Kurt Cobain’s suicide.  We (along with so many) are glad to be proven wrong as his band, Foo Fighters have proven to be one of the most successful bands to come out of the Post Grunge world.  With solid guitar driven Rock, the Foo Fighters were accessible…
It could be argued that after Grunge ran its course that the band Garbage was able to meld more styles together than anyone else without sounding like that is what they were doing. This really shouldn’t be a surprise considering that three of the members are accomplished producers. The triumvirate found the perfect lead singer with the Scottish siren, Shirley Manson and the band collectively known…
Deep in the shadows of Sublime and Rancid, Goldfinger was part of the third wave of the Ska Revival. Although they were far from those other bands in ways of success, they did manage to receive a decent level of fans. With that said, how many bands that are in other’s shadows are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since:…
If you are looking for no frills, no nonsense pure Rock and Roll, Gov’t Mule is a great place to look.  Their real accomplishments are not in the studio, but on the concert circuit where their Southern flavored Blues Rock makes them a decent draw.  Although they are not always classified as a Jam band, it is when they are jamming that they really shine.  Having…
With a progression of Indie Rock to solid opener to headliner, the progression of Guster has been on a solid uphill clime for over a decade. With stylish Pop hooks and an Independent Rock spirit, Guster proved to be the little band that could. With that said, they still have a lot more climbing to do to make a serious run for Hall contention.   The…
Although Incubus has achieved their share of hits and acquired a solid fan base, Incubus has always been a little disrespected. Rarely, has their albums been considered mandatory by the critics and though they have performed well they have had a bad reputation in some circles; well, mainly because they were able to sell albums. Regardles, of the criticism, Incubus is a very capable Alternative Metal…
Although Gospel influenced singers have penetrated the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Christian Rock seems very far away from reaching the Hall. An interesting future candidate is Jars of Clay, who were able to secure mainstream attention in the mid 90’s as their music was a rich and textured blend of current Alternative trends. Many people got into the band before they realized that the…
With all due respect to Rock purists, there really is little doubt that at present Jay-Z is the top contender of the 2020 list of Hall of Fame candidates. The man with many monikers has been one of the most dominate Rap artists of the past ten years and he is beloved by critics, the mainstream, and the streets. His flow style of Rapping is as…