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Adams, Ryan

Adams, Ryan

North Carolina native Ryan Adams began his career with the alternative country band Whiskeytown. Following the breakup of that band, he launched a successful solo career. He later played with the band Ryan Adams & the Cardinals. He has released such albums as Gold, Love is Hell, 29, and Easy Tiger.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Aiken, Clay

Aiken, Clay

Runner-up on American Idol 2. Better than the winner though. Clay has released two albums since finishing on Idol.

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This musician is recommended by Meaghan and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Good
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Amos, Tori

Amos, Tori

Singer, songwriter, and pianist who released her first album in 1992. She has released a total of eight studio albums plus one greatest hits compilation.

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This musician is recommended by Meaghan, Bonster, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Apple, Fiona

Apple, Fiona

Young songwriter Fiona Apple has a gift for words. She released her first album, Tidal, and followed it with When the Pawn... The studio so far has put off releasing her third album.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Holly, Julie, Meaghan, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Beatles, The

Beatles, The

Groundbreaking band from Liverpool, England. Consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Julie, Holly, Meaghan, Bonster, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian

A large and somewhat adorable Scottish band, Belle and Sebastian produces melodic, folksy, and upbeat music with a wide range of intruments, heavily influenced by 1960's pop.

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This musician is recommended by Julie, Bonster, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Bowie, David

Bowie, David

David Bowie is a British rock musician and actor. He is commonly known as a chameleon of popular music, predicting trends and adjusting his style and persona, while holding on to his own ideas and creativity. He first rose to prominence with the heady, 1969 folk rock single "Space Oddity" but is perhaps best known for the flamboyant, androgynous glam rock of 1971's Hunky Dory and 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Subsequent albums have explored blue-eyed soul, electronica and new wave, often predating these genres' popularity or even the point at which they were defined as genres.

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This musician is recommended by Julie, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Crow, Sheryl

Crow, Sheryl

Sheryl Crow started out as a teacher before releasing her first album, Tuesday Night Music Club. Her first single "All I Wanna Do" and she has been a success ever since.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Decemberists, The

Decemberists, The

Led by Colin Meloy, the Decemberists are a Portland, Oregon-based indie band whose quaint, melodic tunes tell epic tales of soldiers, trapeze artists, and chimney sweeps.

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This musician is recommended by Julie.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Elfman, Danny

Elfman, Danny

Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman is a pop musician, composer and writer of film soundtracks. His compositions are notable for their very offbeat and intense style. Elfman's most recognizable composition is probably the theme music to the animated television series The Simpsons.

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This musician is recommended by Nicole, Meaghan, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

A Scottish band comprising Alex, Nick, Paul and Bob, most well-known for their single Take Me Out, Franz Ferdinand have taken the UK and much of the world by storm with their first album, winning the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2004.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Holly, Nicole, Julie, Bonster, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Garbage

Garbage

Garbage is made up of Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Steve Marker, and Duke Erikson. They have just released their fourth album, and ten years after releasing their debut they're still going strong.

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This musician is recommended by Holly, Morgan, Bonster, Julie, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals hail from Burlington, Vermont. The band formed when Potter met drummer Matt Burr at St. Lawrence College. They were soon joined by Scott Tournet, and eventually Bennt Yurco and former Ryan Adams and the Cardinals bassist, Catherine Popper. The band mixes a great blend of rock and blues, with Potter's voice being compared to Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and Bonnie Raitt.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Green Day

Green Day

Green Day consists of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool. Uhhhhh..... they kick ass.

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This musician is recommended by Nicole, Holly, Bonster, and Brandon.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Killers, The

Killers, The

The Killers are an indie rock/new wave band from Las Vegas, Nevada, who formed in 2002. They released their first album, Hot Fuss, in 2004.

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This musician is recommended by Holly, Bonster, Nicole, Julie, and Brandon.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Born Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga has released two albums, The Fame and The Fame Monster. She is as known for her flamboyant wardrobe as she is for her music. She has created a great collection of dance songs and is a true performance artist.

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This musician is recommended by Bonster and Morgan.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers

Situationist Welsh glam punk hard rock band which formed in the late 80s and released their first album in 1992. They lost a member when Richey Edwards disappeared in 1995 but continued releasing music without him. Their seventh album came out in 2004.

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This musician is recommended by Meaghan, Holly, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Mann, Aimee

Mann, Aimee

Originally part of the band 'Til Tuesday, Aimee launched a sucessful solo career and has currently released five albums, and also contributed to the Magnolia OST.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Martin, Charlotte

Martin, Charlotte

Charlotte Martin released her In Parentheses EP in 2003 to a loyal fanbase she'd garnered through extensive tours of the Los Angeles music circut over the years. Her full album release, On Your Shore, shows a wide range of emotions that one can't help but relate with.

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This musician is recommended by Kathi.
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McLachlan, Sarah

McLachlan, Sarah

Canadian singer/songrwiter who released her first album in 1989. Since then she has released six albums, two live CDs and two remix collections.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Bonster, Holly, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Metric

Metric

Metric is catchy, new wave-influenced indie dance pop with a fresh sound and creative, often political lyrics.

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This musician is recommended by Julie, Bonster, Holly, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Mraz, Jason

Mraz, Jason

Jason Mraz has been going strong since releasing his first album and recently released his second.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Nicole, Holly, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Muse

Muse

Muse are an English trio hailing from the sleepy town of Teignmouth in Devon. The band consists of Matthew Bellamy (lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and pianist), Chris Wolstenholme (bass guitarist) and Dominic Howard (drummer).

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This musician is recommended by Holly, Meaghan, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

Based in New Jersey, My Chemical Romance is an alternative pop/rock and punk-pop band that has been compared to Thursday and, to a lesser degree, Cursive. Many of their songs are loud, fast, hyper, and aggressive, but My Chemical Romance's work also tends to be melodic and pop-minded.

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This musician is recommended by Brandon and Bonster.
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No Doubt

No Doubt

Formed in Orange County, CA in 1987 by John Spence and Eric Stefani. Later that year Spence took his own life and Gwen Stefani became the lead singer. Eric left just as Tragic Kingdom was to be released. This successful band now includes Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Oasis

Oasis

Liam Gallagher's band got a bit of a boost when his brother Noel joined and started writing all their songs. They released their first album in 1994 and remain one of the biggest bands in Britain.

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This musician is recommended by Meaghan, Morgan, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Phillips, Grant-Lee

Phillips, Grant-Lee

You may recognize him as the town troubadour on Gilmore Girls, but Grant-Lee Phillips (former frontman of Grant Lee Buffalo) is a fantastic musician off-screen -- a laid-back singer-songwriter with poetic lyrics.

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This musician is recommended by Julie.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Radiohead

Radiohead

Oxford-based quintet that released their first album in 1993 and rose to fame on the success of the single "Creep." They seemed destined to be a one hit wonder, but in 1997, they released OK Computer, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time. They are now thought of as one of the most innovative current rock bands.

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This musician is recommended by Meaghan, Julie, Holly, Morgan, Bonster, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Roberts, Sam

Roberts, Sam

Sam Roberts is a Canadian singer-songwriter who first had success in Canada with the single "Brother Down," from his 2002 EP The Inhuman Condition. Roberts followed up the EP with his 2003 album We Were Born in a Flame, which won the 2004 Juno Award for Album of the Year. He released another album, Chemical City, in 2006.

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This musician is recommended by Meaghan, Julie, and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Save Ferris

Save Ferris

Hailing from Orange County, California this ska band released two albums before splitting up in 2002.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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She & Him

She & Him

She & Him is a pop duo with Zooey Deschanel being the she and M. Ward being the him. The two began working together when Ward asked to hear the songs Deschanel had written. Impressed with her demos, he produced and arranged their first album, Volume One. They have since released their second album, Volume Two.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Shins, The

Shins, The

The Shins are a musical group comprising singer and guitarist James Russell Mercer, keyboardist/guitarist Martin Crandall, bassist Dave Hernandez, and drummer Jesse Sandoval. Their sound is commonly described as indie rock, drawing on several musical genres including pop (in the tradition of The Beach Boys), alternative, country, and folk.

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This musician is recommended by Holly, Julie, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Good
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Smiths, The

Smiths, The

The Smiths combined Morrissey's poignant and witty lyrics with Johnny Marr's sharp guitar pop. They remain one of the most influential and memorable British groups of the 1980s.

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This musician is recommended by Julie, Holly, Meaghan, and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol is made up of Gary Lightbody, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn, Nathan Connolly and Tom Simpson. Their first incarnation was as early as 1994, under the name Shrug, which eventually became Polar Bear but due to copyright, had to change their name to Snow Patrol. However, though there was small sucess the band did not make it big until the release of the single "Run" in 2003 and since then have released two very sucessful albums with more to come.

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This musician is recommended by Holly and Bonster.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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Stefani, Gwen

Stefani, Gwen

No Doubt front-woman who released her first solo album in 2004.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Holly, and Hoppy.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Timberlake, Justin

Timberlake, Justin

Former Mousketeer and member of 'Nsync, Justin Timberlake has an impressive solo career. He has released two solo albums.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan and Holly.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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U2

U2

Formed in 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, U2 is still going strong with the same lineup they've had since releasing their first album, Boy, in 1980. They are currently The Biggest Band in the World (TM).

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This musician is recommended by Meaghan, Bonster, Morgan, Holly, Julie, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Verve, The

Verve, The

They released their first album in 1993, split up shortly after releasing their second album in 1995, re-formed to release their third album in 1997 and became rather well-known for a while through the single "Bitter Sweet Symphony," then officially split up again in 1999. In 2004 they released a greatest hits compilation but they show no signs of getting back together again.

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This musician is recommended by Meaghan, Holly, and Julie.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Wainwright, Rufus

Wainwright, Rufus

Singer, songwriter, and talented pianist Rufus Wainwright sings in a smooth, hypnotic voice over complex and often theatrical compositions.

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This musician is recommended by Julie, Bonster, Holly, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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Weezer

Weezer

Weezer is an American alternative rock band. Formed on February 14, 1992, they have released five full length albums, an EP, a DVD, and a two-disc set, deluxe remastered edition of their debut album with the addition of b-sides and imports. Their latest album, entitled Make Believe, was released on May 10, 2005.

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This musician is recommended by Bonster, Morgan, Julie, Hoppy, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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West, Kanye

West, Kanye

Kanye West is one of the greatest hip-hop artists out there. Just ask him and he will certainly tell you he's the best. As of 2009 he's released four studio albums: College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation and 808s and Heartbreaks.

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This musician is recommended by Morgan, Meaghan, and Julie.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic Like Whoa
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White Stripes, The

White Stripes, The

Jack and Meg White are not actually brother and sister. They are, however, a blues-rock duo which has released five albums since 1999. Meg plays drums, Jack plays guitar and sings.

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This musician is recommended by Meaghan, Holly, Julie, and Kathi.
COTWWSB Average Recommendation: Grointastic
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