Bonster's Musician Recommendations

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.

"Her albums Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink, and Boys for Pele were mainstays of my high school years. Lovely music-maker."

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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Beatles, The

Beatles, The

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

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

Bonster's Rating: 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.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"Fantastic lyrics, utterly glorious vocals, groovy beats. <3 <3 <3"

Bonster's Rating: 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.

"Their music is practically ageless. Good stuff."

Bonster's Rating: 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.

"They are fantastic! Their sound is identifiable, and yet varied. Love them."

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

"I WORSHIP HER."

Bonster's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

"Sarah is wonderful. I do like the older stuff more, but she continues to do good work."

Bonster's Rating: 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.

Bonster's Rating: 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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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.

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"ADORBS! <3"

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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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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.

Bonster's Rating: 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).

"Best. Band. Ever. Been my favorite band for over ten years. I love and own every album. Wonderful music-makers and wonderful role models. *loves*"

Bonster's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

Bonster's Rating: 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.

"They roxor!"

Bonster's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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