The Rock and Roll Futures (388)

As we intend to make this website a constant work in process, we though it would be useful to discuss the future bands/artists who will become eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many of these artists are still recording and/or performing and thus adding to their impending legacy. They will be in our future lists so please feel free to vote so that we can rank them accordingly when they become eligible.
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. …
Grant Lee Buffalo’s blend of Alternative and Americana made them seemed poised for a major breakthrough in the 90’s.  It didn’t happen, and although the mainstream never gravitated to Grant Lee Buffalo, the fans that did loved them and they developed a devoted core audience.  They won’t get a look form the Hall, which is sad because they at least deserved that.
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.
A hell of a lot better band than most people give them credit for, Hanson became an instant success with their catchy Pop melodies from their debut album. They also suffered a major backlash that exists to this day. That’s too bad as the talent level they have is a lot greater than just being the MMMBop brothers, but music is almost begging to be labeled.
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…
Another Emo band that had more critical respect than the ones that made it big, Hot Rod Circuit may have also been a lyrically more sophisticated than their peers. With that said, there is a chance that a group labeled as Emo will get into the Hall, but that band will be more commercially successful than Hot Rod Circuit.
Embracing their Irish roots and with White Rappers slowly being accepted by this point, House of Pain managed to score big with the International hit, Jump Around. They did record three albums, but try to find anyone who knows anything other than that one major hit. Not exactly a Hall of Fame resume. 
The rapid fire Indie Rock band from Scotland, Idlewild, made a decent dent in the U.K. music, scene in the mid 00’s. Seemingly playing with a faster pace than their contemporaries, the group was a very good Post-Grunge band that sounded different enough to make them stand out from the pack. Alas, we know the drill for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; a band…
Very respected either as a solo or with her partner in Frou Frou, Imogen Heap is a Grammy Award winning artist who may not have a lot of popularity in the United States, though is beloved by the music writers. Heap’s blend of Alternative and Electronica is the perfect mix for her embracement of technology and visual aspects to her performances. She isn’t likely to receive…
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…
India.Arie may not have made the impact in the Neo-Soul genre that many expected when she debuted in the early 2000’s, but she was able to secure a solid place in the music world.  India.Arie was able to land multiple Grammy Awards, sell a few albums, but in the world of Neo-Soul, we suspect that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will look for a…
Does being a superstar on the Indie Rock circuit for a few years make a Hall of Fame band? Probably not, but for Interpol, they were very successful in their niche which realistically speaking is something that most bands can never claim. Still, if a Post Punk Revival band ever enters the Hall, they could do far worse than Interpol.   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2025…
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.
Although Ja Rule was one of the most successful Rappers in terms of sales in the first half of the 00’s, he is probably best known for the feuds he has had with Hip Hop stars of even greater stature (and we aren’t just making a pun about his height). As long as this stays the case, and until the first thing you think of with…
Jack Johnson was at one time a competitive surfer and based on the music he did, he did his best channel Pop/Rock meets the beach.  Johnson would become classified as a Soft Rock superstar and one that has a sizable niche in that field.  Multiple Singer/Songwriters have entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and though he has sold a lot of records, is he…
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…
Although many in North America considered Jamiroquai a one hit wonder from the Global smash, Virtual Insanity, the British band was anything but. Scoring hit after hit in their native England (and they were successful on the U.S. Dance charts too), the band developed their smooth blend of Acid Jazz to near perfection. With a soulful Stevie Wonderesque vocal, they continue to deliver a successful blend…
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…
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…