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.
One of the better Emo bands, the introspective Dashboard Confessional is led by Christopher Carrabba, who is able to use his angst to connect with his audience significantly better than most of his peers. We are not sure if any band who has been tagged with that Emo label will get into the Hall of Fame, but if one does, they could do worse than Dashboard…
It was not that long ago when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame asked themselves if they were ready to induct a Hip Hop/Rap act to the Hall.  They did, and we wonder if they will be thinking the same think when the first major DJ becomes Hall eligible.  The success of David Guetta is undeniable and he has been even more successful as a…
One of the biggest darlings of the world of Indie Rock in the last twenty years, Death Cab for Cutie slowly built up a massive audience with a soft and bittersweet style that played with the emotional heart strings of their listeners. Coincidently, the love that they received from the Indie fans was completely rejected by another segment of the American population who seemed to reject…
Led by one of England’s top DJs, Richard Fearless, Death in Vegas modeled his project with a pounding Big Beat sound, though the progression of their work constantly incorporates other Rock and Roll elements. Continuing to make albums and produce for other artists, Fearless’ talent is unquestionable, but like so many we speak of on this site, there is no hope for an act that failed…
Many critics may have loved the Avant Garde band, Deerhoof, but Noise Rock such as this and a long lasting legacy is not exactly hand in hand. As such, Deerhoof was a very interesting Noise Rock band, but this is far from a Hall of Fame act, and we sure that this band knows it as well. 
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…
Born to be a Blues Rock Musician (he is the nephew of the drummer of the Allman Brothers), Derek Trucks has had a decent career with his own Blues outfit. Considered one of the top guitar players of his day, Trucks has a lot of fans, but there is a very long line of Blues Guitar superstars ahead of him who should be considered for the…
Beyonce Knowles may have embarked on a stellar solo career, but she was first known as part of Destiny’s Child; an ultra-successful all girl vocal group that scored a myriad of hits, many of which are still heard on radio today. Beyonce is a megastar; which is certain, but is she a Hall of Famer, and if so, should be in with her first act? If…
Getting her break from Eminem who sampled one of her songs, Dido’s soft and heartfelt songs were propelled to the mainstream. This did give Dido a large audience, but a reflection of her overall work may see her best as a featured performer in other artist’s works as opposed to her own. This is not a knock on her own music, but this seems to be…
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…
Arguably the England House Trio of Dirty Vegas was a “one and done” as their 2003 single, “Days Go By” generated attention.  That was about it, and unless something else changes, we can’t see anyone from Cleveland even breathing their name.
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,…
A very popular band as evidenced by the fact that four of their albums debuted at number one, Disturbed became one of the most popular Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands in their time. Ironically many Metal fans have dismissed the band as not “hard” enough, but as they found a very large amount of fans, clearly they have a formula that works for them. The Bullet Points:Eligible…
A popular Celtic Punk band from Boston, the Dropkick Murphys certainly found a place for themselves in the musical canon. With a solid live show and unique music, the Massachusetts band made people take notice, but realistically speaking, if any Celtic Punk band gets into the Hall, shouldn’t it be the Pogues? 
It has been speculated that the premature death of lead singer Dave “Stage” Williams derailed the momentum that Drowning Pool and there is some validity to that as the band, which was pegged by some as the next big thing in Nu-Metal faded into an outfit that blended into the crowd.  They had some good early success, but is that enough to propel tem into the…
Best known for the Adult Contemporary hit, Barely Breathing, Duncan Sheik seemed set up for a decent run on the musical charts. He appeared to have just enough Crossover Alternative people and throwback appeal to acquire the Singer/Songwriter set, but he never was able to duplicate his success again and he faded away like so many others.
Basically the constant project of Mark Oliver Everett (and whomever he is playing with at the time), Eels are one of those many acts that will always gain musical praise from critics, though continue to struggle to sell a lot of units. This is one of the better Alternative Rock acts of the past twenty years, but with only one modest hit and a discography (while…
A Brit Pop band that was more of a Progressive Rock throwback, Elbow continues to be a player on the U.K. music scene. The band never had problem acknowledging their influences (Genesis and Radiohead are the ones most commonly mentioned), but at what point are bands citing Elbow as an influence? Unless that happens, this is not a band that can be Hall of Fame bound.
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…
The unquestioned Queen of Neo Soul, Erekah Badu was an R&B superstar that was more of a throwback to the sultry chanteuses of the past as opposed to her contemporaries. Badu was not just a soulful Neo-Soul singer as she could effortless switch to Jazz or Hip Hop, and she had a broad appeal to those fans. Badu is still recording and her story isn’t yet…