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.
A very good Indie band out of Scotland, Camera Obscura is one of those sweet little bands that makes you happy to hear, but not necessarily passionate about. This may make you a good little Indie band, but not a legendary act, and far from even a borderline Hall of Fame contender.  
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…
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…
A band that is constantly compared to (or in the shadow of) Tool, Chicago’s Chevelle was a decent Hard Rock band in their own right. Dark and brooding, though very talented, the band also has been compared to by Helmet (by themselves too) and with constant comparisons to those two higher profile acts, it is next to impossible to see them inducted. 
Heavy Metal and well-rounded general don’t go together, but there is a strong case that can be made for the Finnish group, Children of Bodom, who string together the various elements of the hard hitting genre with ease. Lately, they have slowly begun making inroads to the United States, but as we constantly say about Metal acts in regards to Cleveland…...  
We think it is a safe assumption that those looking at this page would agree that Chris Cornell best chance (and the most appropriate) for induction would be as a member of Soundgarden. With that statement aside, Chris Cornell does have a few good solo albums under his belt but we doubt that Cornell is a potential double induction candidate 
Christina Aguilera may not exactly be a Rock Star, but the American siren has a more powerful voice and more hits than 99 percent of the acts we discuss on the site. Will that translate into a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction? A lot of that depends on what she does in the 2010’s and beyond, but our current guess is no.  
A somewhat polarizing band, CKY (Camp Kill Yourself) has managed to find a level of success with their version of Alternative Metal. They have a very rabid fan base, but as it is relatively small (as evidenced by their record sales, and past positions in music festivals) does not exactly equate to a Hall of Fame birth.  
Best described as an Art Punk quartet, Clinic put out a few acclaimed albums in the early 2000’s and put out a sound that just seemed to be faster than anyone else.  This was a good band, but there were many other U.K. Indie bands that garnered more attention than they did.
A Hip Hop duo who achieved modest success, Clipse continued the East Coast Gangsta Rap scene. Thus far they are reasonably known in the Rap community, but not anywhere else. Rappers are (and will continue to enter the Hall) but those that do must have some level of crossover success; which Clipse has yet to do.  
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…
Whether you love Coldplay or detest them (there does not seem to be an in between) they have set a course for themselves that could make them an early Hall of Fame entry. They have conquered both sides of the Atlantic, they are constantly on the charts and they have just enough critical respect to make them a complete candidate. Sure, they may not be the…
Another Indie Rock band from the province of Ontario, the Constantines were able to secure a nomination for the best Alternative Album in the early 2000’s, and land opening gigs for bigger Canadian bands.  They were respected in the Canadian Indie community, but that is not exactly a resume that will get you to Cleveland.
Creed sold a ton of records in the late 90’s and were initially filled a void for many in a post Grunge world. It was a bit of a Catch 22 for the band as though they had a similar guitar sound, they were without the angst and brooding of their Seattle forefathers. As such they were panned by critics and trashed on the information superhighway.…
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…
Eminem should be a very strong contender for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so much so that he might already be inducted when his Rap Group project, D12 is elligible.  Fronted by the real Slim Shady, D12 had a few hits and though they were not exactly critical darlings (unlike Eminem himself), they achieved more than many others who are eligible in 2026.  Still,…
Cutting his musical teeth in the 1990’s with the Indie Rock band, Juniper, Damien Rice struck out on his own with a Singer/Songwriter style that fans flocked for its earthy and cerebral nature.  Perhaps saying flocks are inaccurate, as Rice was successful in Ireland, a bit in the U.K., but not much else.
Successful in the early 2000’s in the United Kingdom in the vein of Justin Timberlake, contemporary Pop star Daniel Bedingfield may have been successful in England and in his native New Zealand, but like s many, without American success and a perceived influential nature, he is unlikely to get a sniff here.
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…