2020 Rock Eligibles

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 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…
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?  
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.
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…
How is it possible for a white teenager from North Dakota become a Blues Guitar prodigy?  Regardless of the bizarre demographic, Jonny Lang became such a prodigy and was considered a Blues guitar wizard while still in his early teens.  The most accomplished Blues men regardless of generation praise him and his name remains synonymous with quality Blues.  Having said that, there are many Blues great…
A major player in the Alternative Hip Hop in the late 90’s, Jurassic 5 was one of the critical favorites of their day, although not a commercial one. It was not for a lack of effort as they had a major label and played festivals that should have expanded their audience, but for whatever reason they never had that breakthrough the mass populace. Long since disbanded,…
With Rap beginning to enter the Hall, a question will soon be asked the same of traditional Rock bands as to whether solid and consistent acts can get in without having a period of dominance.  Juvenile falls into the former as he has had a wide amount of successful albums in the Gangsta Rap genre, he did not exactly break new ground.  Gangsta Rap may find…
There are many who are eagerly awaiting the induction of Stevie Ray Vaughan in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Should Vaugahan get in, it could squeak the door open a bit for Kenny Wayne Shepherd who was able to pick up the mantle of modern Blues Rock in the 90’s.  Shepherd has managed to gain the respect of the Blues commuinty but without…