This is perhaps my favorite band out there. This ska-funk-rasta-punk band. originally from Omaha,Nebraska, is one of the most diverse and talented bands out there today. Now I know alot of people out there are feeling all proud because they heard them on MTV. But there best stuff is there older stuff. Their first released album, Music, is my personal favorite. It combines a little of everything to keep you groovin and chillin for a long time. Their second album, Grassroots, takes over right where Music leaves off. Their third, self titled 311, is an album based on the band and what they stand for. Their most recent release, Transistor, features alot of samples and synth sounds. I had the pleasure of seeing them live in Asbury Park,NJ (twice) and also at Penn State. They had to be the best shows I have ever seen. So for those of you out there unfamiliar, check them out. You may find a band that you love, like I did.
Sugar Ray is an up and coming band from Los Angeles. A cross between Helmet,311,Beasties,and Rage, these four guys can get you fired up. They currently have two albums out, Lemonade and Brownies and Floored. I had the chance to see these guys in concert here at Penn State(twice) and they absolutely teared the stage up. They got a crowd, that was sitting down to two other acts, to get up and go crazy. I actually was in the front and got a chance to sing with the lead singer. I convinced my friends to go and now they love the band. Unfortunately there is only one web site about them, that I know about. If anybody has any cool info or links, let me know!
Helmet is a borderline hardcore band with alot of energy. They are probably the tightest playing "heavy" band I know. They currently have four main albums out, with one due to be released on September 24th. Their five albums, in order of release, are Strap it On, Meantime, Betty, Born Annoying (a compilation of early tracks and b-sides), and Aftertaste. I honestly don't know too much about this band besides that I love their music. So Check out these cool sites,sounds, and pics.
This is my most favorite female singer ever. Ever since I heard her voice in the Sugarcubes, I was hooked. Now I am pleased to say that I have quite a nice collection of her stuff. Bjork's full name is actually Bjork Gudmundsdottir. Alot of people know her Human Behavior, the wacky video with the giant stuffed bear. I could sit here all day and rattle on about her, but I'll let you decide what ya think. So here is some of the best stuff out there.
One of the phattest bands out there. These guys from New York have come a long way from Licensed to Ill.. With many numerous albums out there ranging from hardcore to rap to instrumental funk, they can do just about anything. Their most recent album, "The In Sound from Way Out", features instrumental songs from other albums as well as new cuts. My personal favorite B-boys album, is a toss up between "Check your Head" and "Paul's Boutique". I had trouble finding alot of info on the net..What a shame, but here's what I got.....
Here's some links and stuff: Beasties Home Page Grand Royal Page B-boys Page Beastie Bites My Buddy Shaible's Beastie Page