Julie's Musician Recommendations

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.

Julie's Rating: 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.

"IT'S THE BEATLES. My name is from a Beatles song. I win at life!"

Julie's Rating: 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.

"I fell in love with Belle and Sebastian the first time I heard them. They never fail to put me in a good mood!"

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

"Roxor!"

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"The Decemberists are amazing! The music is catchy and the lyrics tell clever and interesting stories."

Julie's Rating: 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.

"Franz Ferdinand is awesome. I roxor out to them often! (Roxor out? Can I say that?)"

Julie'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.

Julie's Rating: Good
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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.

Julie's Rating: Good
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Metric

Metric

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

"Metric ROXORS. When I first discovered them I searched for every song I could find and listened to them almost exclusively non-stop for several months. I'm not usually a fan of female vocalists but I love Metric and I recommend them to everyone."

Julie's Rating: 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.

"I find Grant-Lee Phillip's music so soothing. He's very good at evoking pictures and feelings with his music and lyrics."

Julie's Rating: 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.

"Obviously Radiohead is one of the greatest bands around and if you don't realize that you're dumb."

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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.

"Sam Roberts rocks."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic Like Whoa
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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.

Julie's Rating: 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.

"THE BEST BAND EVER. Their catalog is nearly flawless, the music and lyrics beyond compare. I love The Smiths so much."

Julie's Rating: GLORIOUS BEYOND GLORY
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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).

Julie's Rating: Good
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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.

"Meaghan made me a CD of The Verve. They are great."

Julie's Rating: Grointastic
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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.

"I love Rufus! His music is beautiful and his voice is so soothing."

Julie'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.

Julie's Rating: Good
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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.

Julie's Rating: 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.

Julie's Rating: Good
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