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someone447
07-16-2007, 06:01 PM
I am making this thread for ANY genre of music, hence why I put artist rather than band. I don't want this to turn into a rock vs rap debate or anything like that. Just say someone that you like that many people haven't heard of; and if possible give a comparison.

Slightly Stoopid: I know a lot of people have heard of them, but I am still surprised by the number of people who haven't. Brad Nowell signed them before he died, and they are a lot like Sublime, but with more reggae.
http://www.myspace.com/stoopid

Josh Grider Band: I don't listen to much country, so I can't really give a comparison. Hell I don't even really like country too much, but I love them. http://www.myspace.com/joshgriderband

I'll post some more as I think of them.

Brent
07-16-2007, 06:07 PM
The Dear Hunter
Circa Survive
As Cities Burn

Hurricane Ditka
07-16-2007, 06:29 PM
The Mad Conductor
http://www.myspace.com/themadconductor

McBain
07-16-2007, 06:40 PM
http://images.buymusichere.net/images/bmh/63/827912053463.jpg

Manchester Orchestra. Absolutely great band from georgia. There album is called "Like a Virgin Losing a Child" if you like indie rock you should definitely check it out.

M.O.T.H.
07-16-2007, 07:00 PM
Autovein
Red

devinhester=R.O.Y 2006
07-16-2007, 07:07 PM
Something Corporate

diabsoule
07-16-2007, 07:07 PM
These may be not lesser known but I feel they aren't as appreciated as much as mainstream artists:

Thin Lizzy
The Kinks
Public Enemy
Ted Nugent
Jethro Tull

and the lesser known acts I like are as follows:

Snot
Smack
Seemless
Acid Bath
Pelican
Isis
Red Sparowes
Intronaut
Human Waste Project
Gojira
Eyes of Fire
Explosions In The Sky

Jvig43
07-16-2007, 07:10 PM
Fair To Midland, They have such a Unique style, and singing voices, their single i scalled dance of the manatee its a great song. System of a down helped set these guys up, Serj is the main character of the video.

cardsalltheway
07-16-2007, 07:19 PM
I'm really into this guy they call 50 Cent. He's a lyrical genius.

fenikz
07-16-2007, 07:21 PM
The Bronx
http://www.myspace.com/thebronx

Mastodon
http://www.myspace.com/mastodon

The Unseen
http://www.myspace.com/theunseen

Converge
www.myspace.com/converge

HORSE The Band
http://www.myspace.com/horsetheband

TigerBait45
07-16-2007, 07:22 PM
These may be not lesser known but I feel they aren't as appreciated as much as mainstream artists:

Thin Lizzy
The Kinks
Public Enemy
Ted Nugent
Jethro Tull


Dude those bands were pretty mainstream in their time. Nuget was hella popular. Thin Lizzy was revolutionary (dual lead guitars baby!) and the Kinks were the fathers of punk.

Tull even won a grammy!

I'd like to nominate Porcupine Tree for this topic. Although I have no idea if they're unknown or not, they're pretty awesome.

ncst8fan83
07-16-2007, 07:23 PM
Dave Melillo
Eyes Set to Kill
Go Crash Audio
The Alpha Couple
Love of Diagrams
Marty Sampson
Jeremy Enigk
Love & Reverie
The Blackout

Hines
07-16-2007, 07:27 PM
a r&b group from the chi called 3 piece

also juice from phx signed to games label

wiz khalfia from pittsburgh

Shiver
07-16-2007, 07:29 PM
Porcupine Tree!!!!!!

I cannot stress that enough. If you like Rock, you will probably find something to like about them. They are fringe successful, despite being around for more then a decade.

Hines
07-16-2007, 07:31 PM
others as most people might have heard of them

case r&b singer
bg rapper
carl thomas r&b singer
latiff r&b singer

cardsalltheway
07-16-2007, 07:37 PM
Governor Washington is one of the best R&B singers out right now. His new album Son of Pain is great. Another singer that I like a lot is Anthony Hamilton. He's kinda mainstream, but I don't think he gets the pub or respect he deserves.

Hines
07-16-2007, 07:38 PM
Governor Washington is one of the best R&B singers out right now. His new album Son of Pain is great. Another singer that I like a lot is Anthony Hamilton. He's kinda mainstream, but I don't think he gets the pub or respect he deserves.

hamilton is really good..i like his "coming where im from" album

-black
07-16-2007, 07:38 PM
others as most people might have heard of them

case r&b singer
bg rapper
carl thomas r&b singer
latiff r&b singer

lol BG is very well known. He is a platinum selling artist and the actual author of the term "Bling Bling"

what other good songs besides Happily Ever After have Case did?

Hines
07-16-2007, 07:40 PM
lol BG is very well known. He is a platinum selling artist and the actual author of the term "Bling Bling"

what other good songs besides Happily Ever After have Case did?


faded pictures with joe
missing you
think of you

those three are on my ipod

Ho0k Em'
07-16-2007, 07:43 PM
Goodfella camp

BufFan71
07-16-2007, 07:48 PM
Seemless


Isnt Jesse Leach the old Killswitch Engage lead singer now Seemless' new lead singer?
cuz i remember Leach hurt his voice, and quit the band b4 they went on tour...
now KSE blew up in popularity now that they have Howard Jones

Xiomera
07-16-2007, 08:18 PM
For you Rock fans:

Submersed
One Less Reason
A New Revolution

T-RICH49
07-16-2007, 08:22 PM
there's a rapper fromk KC called Tech N9ne he is awesome

Flyboy
07-16-2007, 08:23 PM
Susie Suh.
Sonya Kitchell.
Raul Midon.
Raheem DaVaughn.

Hines
07-16-2007, 08:24 PM
Susie Suh.
Sonya Kitchell.
Raul Midon.
Raheem DaVaughn.

i like raheem davaughn

Twiddler
07-16-2007, 08:49 PM
Red

End of Silence is a good CD. Well the beginning is great and then at the end it sort of slips off into too much of a Linkin Park sound but its still good. Their including of stringed instruments and piano also greatly appealed to me. Two others that I recommend are...

Black Stone Cherry
Clutch

Clutch is a consistently good southern rock band that never gets enough credit and has been around for awhile. Black Stone Cherry, while not as good as Clutch in my opinion, is another southern rock band that released their debut last year and should be thought to get better with age. A local favorite of mine would be...

Fahrenheit 420

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=24698301

Ho0k Em'
07-16-2007, 09:00 PM
there's a rapper fromk KC called Tech N9ne he is awesome

I love Tech N9ne

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jWIpmOafOd8

Dayton Family is nice too.

dabears10
07-16-2007, 09:09 PM
Thirsty Merc
Beach Mercer
JF Robataille
Voxtrot
The Libertines

ripdw27
07-16-2007, 10:25 PM
yea tech n9ne is awesome....

not really lesser known, more up & coming but Sean Kingston

Whispered Hallows from my HS not really big time yet but yea

Mr. Stiller
07-17-2007, 12:08 AM
Adair
Paramore

theres a few others

terribletowel39
07-17-2007, 12:42 AM
radio listeners won't have heard of them but The Decemberists are good. Neutral Milk Hotel
The Knife
Neverset
Tyler Read
those are just a few off the top of my head.

EdReedUnstoppable
07-17-2007, 12:44 AM
Havok In Hollywood
aFREUDIANSLIP
Red
Dropping Daylight
36 Crazyfists
Hidden In Plain View
Finch

TigerBait45
07-17-2007, 12:44 AM
I haven't heard much from the Decemberists. I have heard good things about them though.

On top of Porcupine Tree, I'd like to throw The Black Keys onto my list.

terribletowel39
07-17-2007, 12:52 AM
the decemberists are good. procupine tree is really good, supringly i've never heard of The Black Keys even though ERU....love Dropping Daylight but then again i like most rock more when it has a piano in it.

i see the Black Keys are a blues band?? if thats the correct band, very nice. if you like blues check out a guy by the name of Louisiana Red. greatness.

also TigerBait you have probably heard of him but everyone must check out Marc Broussard's album Carencro.

TigerBait45
07-17-2007, 12:59 AM
Yeah they are kinda..blues rock. I love them.

I'm really deep into the blues, haha. I've got albums from guys ranging from T-Bone Walker to Michael Burks. Burks is really damn good, if you haven't heard of him. Larry McCray's another favorite of mine.

terribletowel39
07-17-2007, 01:04 AM
Yeah they are kinda..blues rock. I love them.

I'm really deep into the blues, haha. I've got albums from guys ranging from T-Bone Walker to Michael Burks. Burks is really damn good, if you haven't heard of him. Larry McCray's another favorite of mine.

aren't 90% of LA natives??

which album is the best of Burks?? :)

TigerBait45
07-17-2007, 01:08 AM
Man, I wish. Nobody around my age (19) is, anyway.

terribletowel39
07-17-2007, 01:10 AM
Man, I wish. Nobody around my age (19) is, anyway.

oh thats the suck. i love me some blues don't have much but what i got. incase you didn't/don't see it, which one of Burks CD's do you recommend the most??

TigerBait45
07-17-2007, 01:11 AM
Um..I Smell Smoke is probably my favorite. They're all really good though. He kinda reminds me of Freddie King.

TigerBait45
07-17-2007, 01:18 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkTRV7vz06k

I would also like to join this man's fan club.

Hurricane Ditka
07-17-2007, 01:22 AM
radio listeners won't have heard of them but The Decemberists are good. Neutral Milk Hotel
The Knife
Neverset
Tyler Read
those are just a few off the top of my head.Can't believe I forgot about them.

BigDawg819
07-17-2007, 03:38 AM
Jimmies Chicken Shack

http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/dreadlock/207/Jcscover2.jpg


I heard a mention of Clutch....... that song 1001001001? or whatever I like.

EdReedUnstoppable
07-17-2007, 04:25 AM
Puscifer is another amazing project from God himself aka Maynard James Keenan (Tool/A Perfect Circle).

Bigbadbob72
07-17-2007, 04:37 AM
liquid tension experment

etk
07-17-2007, 06:51 AM
others as most people might have heard of them

case r&b singer
bg rapper
carl thomas r&b singer
latiff r&b singer

I've heard of all those. You mean Case from "Livin' It Up" fame, right? He was on David Banner's most recent album, that's about it.

Deep Side is my easy pick here, but they're gonna blow up soon so I have to enjoy while I can. A year ago my pick would've been Keri Hilson but now look what happened to her.

Scar
07-17-2007, 07:58 AM
Moses Mayfield

www.myspace.com/mosesmayfield (http://www.myspace.com/mosesmayfield)

Paul
07-17-2007, 08:20 AM
The Stone Roses

Never got there due here in the States

fischbowl
07-17-2007, 08:30 AM
My favorite band is Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers aka The Refreshments. They got great stuff, some would say Southwestern Rock or Contemporary Country Rock, and they are the greatest live band I've ever seen. I'd travel anywhere for an RCPM show. There probably best known for their song Banditos and the King Of The Hill theme.

I <3 RCPM

Brent
07-17-2007, 08:35 AM
Jimmies Chicken Shack
Yeah! I forgot about them.

Tyler Read
They're not bad, I found their album a while back on mIRC and downloaded and I liked it a lot. I love the first song on their album.

M.O.T.H.
07-17-2007, 09:48 AM
Nice to see some Red fans...Twiddler and my boy, ERU.

I saw them in concert, well worth it.

critesy
07-17-2007, 09:53 AM
Something Corporate

i absolutly love konstantine.. i dont care what anyone says...


buuut back to topic

the rocket summer - dashboard confessionals [less **** (kinda haha)]

High Roller
07-17-2007, 09:56 AM
Black Star
Gang Starr
Pharcyde

Brent
07-17-2007, 12:21 PM
dashboard confessionals [less **** (kinda haha)]
it's not plural

how are Something Corporate and Dashboard being named in a lesser known bands thread?

neko4
07-17-2007, 12:23 PM
http://images.buymusichere.net/images/bmh/63/827912053463.jpg

Manchester Orchestra. Absolutely great band from georgia. There album is called "Like a Virgin Losing a Child" if you like indie rock you should definitely check it out.

I took a quick listen, they were pretty good

DLS42
07-17-2007, 12:28 PM
The kooks
An Angle
Dodge City
all acoustic, its all great music. you wont find an angle or dodge city on limewire so heres there myspaces. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=5766365
(it helps that i know the band and i got to high school with the singer)
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=10600289

JF4
07-17-2007, 12:51 PM
Classified

Nitschke-Hawk
07-17-2007, 01:05 PM
The Chunky Boyz & Bobby Light. AKA Big Black, Bam Bam, and Rob Dyrdek from the show "Rob & Big".

rchrd
07-17-2007, 02:26 PM
radio listeners won't have heard of them but The Decemberists are good. Neutral Milk Hotel
The Knife
Neverset
Tyler Read
those are just a few off the top of my head.

Love the Decemberists, even though they've been about forever we're only going to see them live for the first time near the end of the year (I think at least). Would much preferred to have seem them around Her Majesty the Decemberists or even Picaresque time but better late than never.

Switching to more radio friendly indie i'd recommend a band called 'Battle'. Been going to see them live since they were at Uni playing small gigs, first album is out soon, though they have an EP floating about. Music can come off fairly generic through the transition to radio play but very good live shows.

http://www.myspace.com/thisisbattle

Grizzlegom
07-17-2007, 03:15 PM
radio listeners won't have heard of them but The Decemberists are good. Neutral Milk Hotel
The Knife
Neverset
Tyler Read
those are just a few off the top of my head.

i would definitely have to agree with u there.

i would have to say Anberlin is my favorite band right now though and they aren't hugely known.

etk
07-17-2007, 03:23 PM
Black Star
Gang Starr
Pharcyde

I think Gang Starr is pretty well-known...

Twiddler
07-17-2007, 03:25 PM
Jimmies Chicken Shack

http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/dreadlock/207/Jcscover2.jpg


I heard a mention of Clutch....... that song 1001001001? or whatever I like.

Yeah, 10001110101. Good song. Another one that many rock fans may have heard is "The Mob Goes Wild" which gets playtime and their song "Electric Worry" off their most recent album was on the radio for a little while.

terribletowel39
07-17-2007, 08:45 PM
Love the Decemberists, even though they've been about forever we're only going to see them live for the first time near the end of the year (I think at least). Would much preferred to have seem them around Her Majesty the Decemberists or even Picaresque time but better late than never.

Switching to more radio friendly indie i'd recommend a band called 'Battle'. Been going to see them live since they were at Uni playing small gigs, first album is out soon, though they have an EP floating about. Music can come off fairly generic through the transition to radio play but very good live shows.

http://www.myspace.com/thisisbattle

i know a band named Battles, is this the same band?? if anybody knows the two??

terribletowel39
07-17-2007, 08:50 PM
some more additions even though i don't know anyone that has ever heard of them that doesn't mean they are lesser known everywhere else but...
Arcade Fire
Blindside
Boys Like Girls
RX Bandits
Mastadon (i think someone already said them)
The Cinematics
Sense Field (not Senses Fail, but they really only have one good song)
Louisiana Red

thats it for now.

Brent
07-17-2007, 09:06 PM
Sense Field...but they really only have one good song
I don't really care for them but I wouldn't say they only have one good song. Obviously they did something right to get a contract and release a couple albums.

terribletowel39
07-17-2007, 09:09 PM
I don't really care for them but I wouldn't say they only have one good song. Obviously they did something right to get a contract and release a couple albums.
thats true, i should say i only really like one of there songs.

McBain
07-17-2007, 09:31 PM
Elliott Smith is probably the greatest artist no one has heard... but when they hear his stuff the recognize it from movie soundtracks. He did most of the songs on Good Will Hunting and has a couple songs on The Royal Tannenbaum's.

http://home.gwi.net/~drrknrl/elliottsmith/elliott.jpg

Absolutely one the greatest songwriters of our generation. If you appreciate great music you should definitely check his work out.

And of course, the most under-rated artist of the 70's

http://s.yottamusic.com/i/aPpb.43zW

Nick Drake. Easily two of my favorite artists ever. It's happenstance that they're both lesser known.

TigerBait45
07-17-2007, 09:54 PM
I completely forgot about Nick Drake.

Paul
07-17-2007, 09:56 PM
Joshua Radin, if your into alternative acoustic thing as I am.

Brent
07-17-2007, 10:22 PM
Nick Drake is so vastly unappreciated.

McBain
07-18-2007, 12:39 AM
Joshua Radin, if your into alternative acoustic thing as I am.

Good call. Star mile is rad.

WMD
07-18-2007, 03:26 AM
Esham, and Natas.. they're known, but not as known... The Dayton Family.. not that known. of course, everybody loves them here... Other favorites.. Tech N9ne, Kool Keith is under appreciated too.

Caddy
07-18-2007, 04:03 AM
Thirsty Merc


Not lesser known in Aus. :)

dhoe20
07-18-2007, 04:08 AM
I think Gang Starr is pretty well-known...

Black Starr is too, it's just Talib Kweli and Mos Def.

My vote goes to Blackalicious and Dalek.
Dalek - Ever Somber
http://youtube.com/watch?v=i789TMw49rE
Blackalicious - Make You Feel That Way
http://youtube.com/watch?v=NH2bqTc88ns

rchrd
07-18-2007, 01:03 PM
i know a band named Battles, is this the same band?? if anybody knows the two??

It's not the same but i've heard of Battles as well. Not heard anything by them but know of them because of coming across Battle stuff.

Nick Drake was one of the first artists I recommended on a thread ages back, very under appreciated.

Splat
07-18-2007, 02:01 PM
Rap

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=54290578

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=22864243

Rock

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=4839882

RyanLeaf#1
07-18-2007, 02:06 PM
A band called Refused

JagHombre22
07-18-2007, 04:14 PM
Chris Botti...

mpt117
07-18-2007, 04:22 PM
Project Pat and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien have had some mainstream buzz but i feel they are underrated. another rapper i listen to is One Be Lo he is real good, also the Wylde Bunch. For alternative Chronic Future and the High Speed Scene are good

alexschnarr
07-18-2007, 06:11 PM
Metric, Broken Social Scene, Shout Out Louds, Peter Bjorn and John, The Concretes.

etk
07-18-2007, 08:48 PM
Project Pat and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien have had some mainstream buzz but i feel they are underrated. another rapper i listen to is One Be Lo he is real good, also the Wylde Bunch. For alternative Chronic Future and the High Speed Scene are good

You mentioned some good underappreciated rap acts there. Pat's music is always fun to listen to and the same goes with Del. My brother got me into his music.

Hines
07-19-2007, 09:08 PM
noel gourdin is pretty good

hes an r&b singer

r&b fans get you're the one by him

Hines
07-19-2007, 09:37 PM
also ahmir i really am enjoying

etk
07-19-2007, 09:38 PM
noel gourdin is pretty good

hes an r&b singer

r&b fans get you're the one by him

Guerilla Black? lol.

Hines
07-19-2007, 09:40 PM
Guerilla Black? lol.

lol no noel gourdin
haha

i use to really like the song by guerilla black

etk
07-19-2007, 09:41 PM
lol no noel gourdin
haha

i use to really like the song by guerilla black

Yeah, what happened to him? What happened to Winans too?

Hines
07-19-2007, 09:43 PM
Yeah, what happened to him? What happened to Winans too?

i think i read that winans is comin out with somethin new
dont know for sure

he cant sing a lick

and black i have no clue

etk
07-19-2007, 09:47 PM
i think i read that winans is comin out with somethin new
dont know for sure

he cant sing a lick

and black i have no clue

meh, he doesn't really try to. He just croons softly and it works. Don't forget that he's a
producer first, singer second.

critesy
07-20-2007, 02:41 AM
it's not plural

how are Something Corporate and Dashboard being named in a lesser known bands thread?


its who they compare to... kinda

Paranoidmoonduck
07-20-2007, 06:50 AM
Most anything I listen to these days could be listed as "lesser known", but I'll give this a go.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i282/Drifter1_photos/shpongle.jpg

If I'm compiling a list of music I really enjoy, then Shpongle tops the list. Incredibly deep and layered music, Shpongle is both fascinating from a production standpoint and from a listening standpoint, something that is really rare. Honestly, I've listened to some Shpongle almost everyday for two years now, and I'm still discovering aspects of their music. It's world music, funky bass lines, twirling synth work, and truly epic delivery all in one delicious package.

http://electropeople.org/uploads/posts/thumbs/1170196198_r588361106491100.jpg

Perhaps the single best electronic music album I've ever heard (seriously). Psydub master Ott takes the dancefloor classics of Hallcinogen, cuts the BPM from 140 to 75, and doesn't skimp on the reverb. The results are, to say the least, successful. Produced with amazing depth and detail while making the whole thing sound like a live jam (albeit a very twisted one), Ott does the improbable with this album.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m249/paranoidmoonduck/lastdays.jpg

Due out in early September, the upcoming Younger Brother album has me on the edge of my seat. Although their first album oscillated from mid to high level tempo psytrance, this new album carries a decidedly different sound. Half Pink Floyd, half Radiohead, half something else entirely, this album is the first album from this spectrum of music that could have mainstream success.

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00004WFIZ.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

I suggest Thievery Corporation to absolutely anyone on this forum. These guys simply know how to make good music.

I could go on and on, but this is the basic of what I recommend.

Titans10
07-20-2007, 12:58 PM
Kings of Leon- band from just outside Nashville

watch this video, it escalates to them completley rocking out

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yFTh57Pr15M

SubNoize
07-20-2007, 02:04 PM
i really enjoy the band Stepa, they broke up but their 1 full length release and 3 song demo are awesome.