2020 Rock Eligibles

Jewel’s debut album caught the world by storm.  It was a sweet sounding, heartbreaking collection of songs that appealed to everyone from Folk, Adult Alternative, Pop and Mainstream.  Jewel never had an album that did as well, but she carved a very successful career for herself which she continues to enjoy today.  Should that debut album reach another level in the public consciousness, Jewel’s chances for…
How is it possible for a white teenager from North Dakota become a Blues Guitar prodigy?  Regardless of the bizarre demographic, Jonny Lang became such a prodigy and was considered a Blues guitar wizard while still in his early teens.  The most accomplished Blues men regardless of generation praise him and his name remains synonymous with quality Blues.  Having said that, there are many Blues great…
A major player in the Alternative Hip Hop in the late 90’s, Jurassic 5 was one of the critical favorites of their day, although not a commercial one. It was not for a lack of effort as they had a major label and played festivals that should have expanded their audience, but for whatever reason they never had that breakthrough the mass populace. Long since disbanded,…
With Rap beginning to enter the Hall, a question will soon be asked the same of traditional Rock bands as to whether solid and consistent acts can get in without having a period of dominance.  Juvenile falls into the former as he has had a wide amount of successful albums in the Gangsta Rap genre, he did not exactly break new ground.  Gangsta Rap may find…
There are many who are eagerly awaiting the induction of Stevie Ray Vaughan in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Should Vaugahan get in, it could squeak the door open a bit for Kenny Wayne Shepherd who was able to pick up the mantle of modern Blues Rock in the 90’s.  Shepherd has managed to gain the respect of the Blues commuinty but without…
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. 
Upon leaving 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant embarked on an even greater solo career.  Merchant’s sweet and sometimes melancholy voice were used on well chosen singles to hook an audience and after that she had had an audience for her poetic feminist songs.  Merchant was able to become a hit maker and concert attraction and though she has been largely inactive in recent years she has the…
Possibly the apex of the Lo-Fi sound, Neutral Milk Hotel released two albums that anyone who wants to understand that sound should listen to. Of course, that is the problem isn’t it? The music critics raved about their albums, but there were only two of them, and they may have been the only people who bought them. History is already shining brightly on Neutral Milk Hotel,…
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…
We might have younger readers who may think that Rammstein is the best band to come out of Germany.  Fans of Krautrock and the Scorpions may dispute this (as do we), but it is hard to dispute that Rammstein has been one of the more successful groups to come out of Germany in the past fifteen years.  With an Industrial driven brand of Heavy Metal, Rammstein…
Dubbed inappropriately as Pearl Jam Lite by some, Seven Mary Three was a hard working rock band that straddled the line between traditional Rock and Alternative. The band managed to score a couple of hits in the last half of the 90’s, but the band petered off in popularity and in all reality had not nearly enough to be a serious Cleveland contender.  
The closest thing Alternative Rock ever had to teen prodigies, Australia’s Silverchair took the alt world by storm by their uncanny sonic resemblance to Pearl Jam.  Of course, mimics are rarely respected, and though Silverchair received an early pass due to their youth, they worked hard to develop their own identity.  They may not have remained in the public eye in North America, but they did…
Justifiably inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Guns ‘N’ Roses, Slash led a Hard Rock project in 1995 aptly named Slash’s Snakepit. The band never took off the way that GNR did, but how could it? Many artists have entered the Hall a second time but there is little reason to think that Slash will be able to do so with this…
Although Sleater-Kinney was not the first Riot Grrl band (or to some even a Riot Grrl band at all), they emerged as one of the highest regarded feminist based Indie Rock bands ever.  The band was poignant and powerful and could generate attention for their causes (regardless of what they were) with equal parts melody and articulation.   This was a group loaded with multiple sonic weapons…
Sparklehorse was basically the one man operation of Mark Linkous who may have delivered the most introspective and morose songs of recent memory.  The music of Sparklehorse was laden with antidepressants and internal conflict, yet there was a hypnotic beauty to the music.  To the shock of few, Linkous committed suicide like so many in Rock has.  It is possible that one day the music of…
Sugar Ray started out as a Funk Metal/Alternative Metal Band, but their true success was when they created a slickly produced Alternative blend of Pop.  Their songs were a little gimmicky, but it worked for them.  Sugar Ray had enough Alt appeal to work for some of that group, and the pretty boy good looks of lead singer Mark McGrath gave them an instant female fan…
Trying to categorize Super Furry Animals is virtually impossible.  The only thing that seems remotely accurate would be Experimental Rock as they used anything to everything from Power Pop, Punk, Techno to Prog Rock and created an eclectic sound all their own.  The surprising result was music that critics raved about and singles that were hits in the United Kingdom.  Their success may have stemmed from…
Kim Deal should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in some capacity, though we do not think that her post Breeders project, The Amps, will be the way in which she enters Cleveland. With only one album, which although was very good, the Amps were a nice footnote to her stellar career, but not much more than that. 
The Ben Folds Five called themselves “Punk Rock for Sissies”.  As funny as that self deprecating comment was, the Ben Folds Five were a solid entry to the Alternative Pop genre.  They performed without a lead guitar and showcased Jazz influenced music.  They were an exceptional live band, and often the true power of their music failed to capture itself in the recording studio.  Despite their…
The ongoing muddled history of the Brian Jonestown Massacre (so named in homage to Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones), saw forty different members pass through their ranks.  The BJM usually implores a Garage based Neo-Psychedelic sound though their penchant for experimentation has always shown through.  They had no trouble showing a fascination for the dark side of humanity as many of their music does show…