2027 Rock Eligibles

Above & Beyond have been very successful in the genre Trance, so much so that they could be classified as one of the top five Trance bands in the 2000’s and 2010’s.  The question to be asked is this a genre that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will ever embrace, but if they don’t this is a group that has garnered a strong following…
Adam Green might be better known to some as one half of the Indie-Folk group, the Moldy Peaches, but upon the group’s breakup he has done very well for himself with more quirky folk solo albums, a respectable career in art and producing the occasional movie or two.  He isn’t likely to receive serious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame consideration, but he does have a…
There have some who have claimed that Alexisonfire is responsible for putting post hardcore music on the mainstream in Canada, and maybe they are right.  What should not be disputed by anyone was that this was a loud and fun band in concert and will hold a place in the Canadian music canon.
Following in the tracks of Oasis, U.K. band, Athlete would achieve some success in their native England in the mid-00’s, specifically with a number one album (Tourist).  While they never made a dent in America, Athlete’s experimental and diverse sound over the years certainly brought them acclaim, but as always, without American success, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rarely comes calling.
As of this writing Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but easily could be at some point (hopefully we remember to edit this when it happens).  Tom Morello (RATM) and Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) were mutually in Audioslave, who showed great potential were not around long enough to warrant any real consideration, though we suspect that Morello…
This one should be interesting. There are a lot of people who would scoff at the idea of <span itemprop="name">Avril Lavigne</span> ever making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  That criticism stems from her singing perceived lightweight material and as a pop singer (which is what she is despite attempts to categorize her as anything else) there is a desire to automatically label her as…
Black Lips are a very entertaining Punk band, but their charm is primarily based on their rowdy live shows, many of which were known to get completely out of control.  That should not take away from a band that is lyrically better than they get credit for, though we wonder what percentage of their fans focus on that.
Many of the reviews for Pennsylvania’s Alt-Rock back, Breaking Benjamin, generally praised them for their consistent style.  That might be praise, but while they did have success in the mid 2000’s with a post grunge sound, it was similar to what a lot of other bands were doing at the time and not exactly innovate or unique.  They would come back with a number one album…
Here is another interesting one. Cee Lo Green has done very well in various groups and as a solo performer in the R&B and Soul genre.   His work with Gnarls Barkley and the Goodie Mob cemented him as a star but he also as a music connoisseur.  Somehow, CeeLo should enter Cleveland, but this is still a hard row to tow as there are 70’s and…
There are many who have suggested that Coheed and Cambria have mastered the hard rock concept album and arguably they have done that better than anyone.  With a progressive metal style covered in intelligent lyrics, Coheed and Cambria certainly created their only little niche in the music world.  That is good news and bad news in the world of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…
Darius Rucker achieved more mainstream fame as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish but when he struck out on his own in a solo career he showed a very versatile style that reflected R&B, Country and Pop.  Rucker is not likely to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act, but the Country Music Hall could come calling one…
Experimental Rock music from New York City will always be part of the musical landscape don’t you think?  That is the basket that we will put Borkklyn’s Dirty Projectors, who fall into that genre, if that is in fact one.  They are known in New York and their leader, David Longstreth is certainly multi-talented but we doubt that he (or his fans) have given the Rock…
Pop-Punk.  Emo.  Post-Hardcore.  Like most American bands, there are multiple labels that you can slap on Fall Out Boy, and while this is a band that has numerous detractors, the Pete Wnetz led group also has to be called very successful. 
While there should not be a lot of doubt that the New Zealand group, Flight of the Conchords were hysterical and ushered a lot of laughs on HBO, is there not equal perception that this is not a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act?  We will let you tell us if there is more to their story.
From Canada, Fucked Up has been long known for their raucous live performances and hardcore sound.  Behind that hard exterior, some serious lyrical skill is in place, though we doubt anyone from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will ever take notice.  We doubt even more that Fucked Up cares.
The stage name of Cleveland’s Gregg Michael Gillis, Girl Talk can be summed up easily as mash-up of previous songs.   While that might not seem creative to some, Girl Talk does an incredible job at it and has achieved critical praise for his work.  Sampling does not get more elaborate than this.
We aren’t going to hold our breath waiting for Hilary Duff to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and likely neither is she.  This doesn’t take away from the fact that in her teens, she sold a lot of albums in the bubblegum, and pop genre and did have a number one album.  Sometimes music doesn’t have to be that deep.
Synth Pop stars, Hot Chip might be one of the most unique electronica bands of the modern era.  The London based group approaches their concerts as if they were a “regular band” and coupled with the falsetto skills of their lead singer, Alexis Taylor makes an interesting contrast to everything around him.  Is this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame unique?  Probably not, but it is…
Beloved in his circle, Iron and Wine (essentially the one man Folk Band, of Samuel Bean) put out some of the sweetest and soothing sounding Indie Folk music in years.  The critics have gushed over Bean (as they should have) and commercially he has not done badly, but Folk music may have reached a certain quota in Cleveland and has a long line ahead of him.
From the San Diego coffee houses to the mainstream pop world, Jason Mraz utilizes a slew of influences from Folk, Alt Rock, Reggae and Blue Eyed Soul to crate his own style of melodic pop music.  Mraz is often lumped in with John Mayer) though his body of work differs from him greatly.   He did have respectable album sales and love from the Grammys but is…