The Rock and Roll Futures (288)

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.
Are Mushroomhead best known for their strange masks they were on stage, or their feud with Slipknot? Sadly, this rhetorical question overshadows the fact that they are actually a very solid band with a diverse array of Metal laden music. At least for them, Slipknot isn’t likely to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame either. 
While it is easy to throw My Chemical Romance in to the Emo genre (a label they actually hate), there will be many who will accurately point out that this is a band that has evolved their sound throughout the years and of the Punk Pop revival bands are amongst the most successful.  There is also a pageantry to their music that some could argue is…
Without a lot of radio airplay or really support of any kind, My Morning Jacket became one of the great stars of the American music scene. With a mixture of Folk, Rock and other Roots based American musical styles; the group easily became one of the most genuine acts in the business and the indirect masters of the Neo Psychedelic era. Whether this will translate into…
If we go by post breakup success, N’Sync was pretty much Justin Timberlake and four other guys; which were probably fairly accurate. We have sad before that Boy Bands don’t belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and we don’t plan on changing our opinion here.
Pharrell Williams became a very large name on his own, but this side project from the Neptunes generated solid success in the 2000’s with their patented slick production and funky vibes.  As much as Pharrell did well on his own, we are hoping that people (and not necessarily the Hall, because that won’t happen) do not forget what occurred here.
Although Nate Dogg was associated with a large amount if hits, it was always as a side role. Dogg has since left us so his body of work will not be increasing, so we are left to judge him on a limited discography. As such, with no real hits on his own, it is difficult to see him get in to the Hall of Fame in…
Just where does being an Indie Legend get you? A cult status and acclaimed records but a Hall of Fame induction seems so out of left field. For Neko Case, we could make a case for her to be in an Indie Rock Hall of Fame already at this stage, but the main Hall of Fame is not exactly something that an Indie darling is going…
Although his career seems to have subsided in recent years, Nelly has the perfect mixture of Pop and Rap in the first half of the 00’s and was a major star. With a slew of hits and a high profile, he did not exactly keep it up, but there is still time for the young Rapper to re-emerge with International success again. The Bullet Points:Eligible Since:…
From Soft Rock Singer/Songwriter to overly produced Hip-Hop Dance act, Canadian, Nelly Furtado may have changed her “category” a few times, but for a stretch she was a very successful International act.  Still, does the period where she had her greatest commercial success actually inhibit her from receiving any kind of look from the Hall?  Based on her career progression, it just might.
One of the best pure blends of Pop and Punk going, New Found Glory may not have had the highest level of commercial success, but of the newer wave of Punk influenced bands, they were among the most melodic. Odds are that this will not equate into a Hall of Fame induction but it will be an overall solid career, which is better than most bands…
Nightwish may not have been the best Symphonic Metal band but they may make a claim as one of the best. Their music had an eerie beauty to it, and listening to their music you feel like you are listening to a symphony; despite the electric guitars. With that said, the band may have had multiple number ones in Finland but without even a top 100…
Coming to her musical ability naturally (she is the daughter of Ravi Shankar) Norah Jones emerged as one of the top Soft Jazz stars of her time.  With a voice made for the genre, she effortlessly floated with Pop and Country styles and quietly amassed a large number of record sales.  Jones however may however not be considered “innovative” enough to get a serious look though.
O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) has slowly been making head way in the Alternative Rock world. Every album they did, slowly built on the success they had before. This being said, the band has a lot of building still left to do if they want to be considered a Hall of Fame type outfit.  
From the Elephant 6 group (maybe that should be a Rock and Roll HOF induction), of Montreal could be the best project yet. Led by Kevin Barnes, the material of this band covers a wide range of emotions and experimental sounds without going too far in the land of quirkiness. This is one of those bands that has the potential to be viewed upon very highly…
Although Sweden is known to many casual music fans for just Bubblegum Pop Music, the Scandinavian nation is actually a hotbed for Metal Music.   Opeth is one of those bands, and easily one of the better ones. Known for pushing the boundaries of Progressive Metal, they have always received positive reviews from the critics and established themselves in the genre. Of course, powerhouse Metal acts form…
They called their music Death Pop, but they were more accurately labeled as an Alternative Metal band that was capable of melodies. What that makes them unfortunately were followers and not innovators and when your largest hit was a New Order cover (though we think it was a good one), you can’t possibly meet the Hall’s innovation quotient.
We don’t that there are many people who will say that Sean Combs is the best rapper, and realistically he may not be in any critics top ten. However P. Diddy recognizes talent and always surrounds himself with it. As such, he is one of the most successful producers ever and literally everything he touches turns to gold. We are not championing his solo work for…
Underground rapper, P.O.S. (an acronym for many things) is actually a consummate multi-instrumental musician and often fronts hardcore punk bands.  Basically, we are saying that with P.O.S., you generally don’t know what you are going to get, though we also know that not to many know who he is at all.
With a decent career in the early 2000’s as a Singer/Songwriter, Pete Yorn would become well known for his multi-faceted ability to play multiple instruments on his recordings.  Yorn would achieve critical success, though not necessarily the commercial level that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is likely to look at.
Most people internationally are only aware of Peter Bjorn and John for their 2006 hit, “Young Folks”, a beautiful and melodic alt-pop song.  The bulk of their music follows suit, though the North American perception that the Swedish Indie Rock band is a one hit wonder certainly makes it difficult for them to gain any Rock and Roll Hall of Fame momentum.