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.
Blending Pop, Rock and a Gothic look, Evanescence took the musical world by storm in 2003. There was nowhere you could go where you would not hear their monster smash, “Bring Me to Life”. The band was pegged by some as future long term superstars, but as of this writing that has not happened. They may still be able to churn out more hits as they…
With a rare combination of tough and sexy, Eve was an instant Rap superstar and became one of the top East Coast rappers of the early 00’s. As of late, she has focused far more on her acting career than her MC work, and it could be stated that if she kept up with her music as opposed to looking for film work it is possible…
Although she is very much in the large shadow of her deceased husband, the Notorious B.I.G. (no pun intended), Faith Evans was an accomplished artist in her own right.  From her beginnings as a session singer, Evans was always writing songs.  When she finally received the chance to sing her material, it proved to be among the better R&B efforts of the time.  Faith Evans has…
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. 
A lot was expected out of the Texas band, Fastball after their monster smash, “The Way” dominated the radio with a near perfect blend of Alternative and Pop. The end result was a perceived one hit wonder, with a strong emphasis on the word wonder, as this was a band that really should have been able to capitalize on the success and sound they had. 
We suspect that there is a lot more to the story of Leslie Feist to be written, and should that follow the current path, she might make the Hall of Fame. Of course, our guess is the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the not the more popular one. Kidding aside, along with Broken Social Scene, Feist is a very respected Adult Alternative musician…
As the Electronic genre continues to grow, it is almost expected to find that the bulk of the music emerges from Europe.  In Austria, we find Christian Fennesz who although is appropriately categorized as an Electronic artist, Fennesz creates a large part of his music with a six string guitar.  Fennesz is often cited as an artist whose music is amongst the most richly textured and…
In the mid 90’s, Filter was able to capitalize on the still prevalent Alternative boom with a debut album that featured Industrial and Alternative influences.  Filter was than able to carve out a decent career with albums and multiple Soundtrack singles that kept them in Alternative scene’s eye.  Although they did achieve some success, they did not do so as a leader of the genre and…
Wisely changing their name from the Rainbow Butt Monkeys, Finger Eleven was for a long time one of the best kept secrets in Canadian Hard Rock.  As they continued to evolve and incorporate more varied elements into their work, Finger Eleven not only escaped the Underground in Canada, they were able to get noticed in the United States.  With their last album gaining them attention, it…
The stage name of John Ondrasik, Five For Fighting features Adult Contemporary sounding piano based American Rock and Roll. Ondrasik achieved some success mostly from his hit, “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” and is primarily known for that song alone. Overall, he is a good performer, but you can’t be known for only one song and expect to cruise into Cleveland.
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.
A very intriguing Rap/Rock hybrid from Denver, Flobots pushed the Progressive Rap boundaries with a political stance and a dual MC attack.  They managed to have a minor Modern Rock Hit in 2008 with Handlebars, but that might have been the apex of what they were able to accomplish.
Creating a sensational blend of Celtic music and Punk, Flogging Molly was a decent band that for many American listeners was the first taste of any kind of Celtic music at all. With that said, many (including us) don’t feel that they should see any real taste of the Hall unless the Pogues get in first; and that does not seem very likely in itself.
Best known for what seems like a novelty hit (Stacy’s Mom), Fountains of Wayne were actually a decent Power Pop band who has a catalogue of music that shows a decent evolution and is far greater than what the average fan perceives them as. Of course, perception is reality and that goofy song might just be the yoke that prevents them for a serious HOF shot. 
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.
A solid Post Grunge band in the New Millenium, Fuel had a decent run in the United States. With a few hits under their belt, they managed to sell records, but the critics were not in love with them. We know we mention critical love on this site a lot, but watchers of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame knows how important (whether it should…
About as eclectic a band as there is, Fun Lovin’ Criminals did everything on the Alternative spectrum and amazingly blended it well. They would become College radio staples (although more so in Europe than the States) and found themselves a nice little niche for themselves in the world of music. OF course, a nice little niche is not what the Hall of Fame houses. 
Possibly the most well-known of the Wu Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah has an impressive discography that showcases his prowess on the microphone. The fans and critic agree as many of his albums sold well; virtually all of which were praised by the critics in the music magazines. Regardless, Ghostface has to be considered in the same boat as his other Wu Tang members in that their…
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.
Another excellent Heavy Metal band, Godsmack may draw more from Grunge than from the Metal superstars of the decade prior. Appealing to straight up Metal fans and Alternative connoisseurs, the Boston based group has carved out a very successful career for themselves and if the Hall ever truly decided to recognize the Metal genre, they would one day have a decent shot for induction.