Feature: Who to Listen to by Your Favorite Artists
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 13:00:43
Everybody's gotta start somewhere. That holds true for pretty much any and all of life's pursuits. All of your favorite bands were once the new band on the block, so we decided to ask them what hip, new artists they're listening to. We've assembled a pretty expansive collection of picks too—everyone from big Snoop Dogg and Flo Rida to Tool's Maynard James Keenan, Chris Cornell and Mr. Kevin Bacon himself threw in their two cents. Check out these new band recommendations from the cream of the crop. You may learn a thing or two!
Who is your favorite new or budding artist?
"I've found a new group called Hustle Boyz. They're off the chain, and they're from the West Coast. I love Soulja Boy and Bow Wow. The young homies get down too, like Kid Cudi. They're doing their thang."
Troy Sanders – Mastodon
"We're touring with two awesome young bands: Kylesa and Intronaut. To a degree, we grew up with Damad, which turned into Kylesa. I'm very into that stuff. Intronaut is good stuff too! We wanted to not only bring out friends of ours but bands that we felt would really make this another intense package. We're excellent friends with both of those bands!"
B-Real – Cypress Hill
"I like listening to new cats like Crooked Eye, Glasses Malone, Bishop Lamont and Young De. Those are some of the new guys I like for sure. This cat named Joell Ortiz is dope too. There's a lot of good shit out there to listen to, you just have to go find it."
Scott Ian – Anthrax
"They're not a new artist at all, but I absolutely love Machine Head. Their most recent album, The Blackening, was the best metal record of the last ten years, at least. To me, it was really a breath of fresh air, as far as heavy metal goes."
Frank Iero – My Chemical Romance
"I've been a fan of The Bronx since their first record. III is so good that now their second record makes more sense to me. I think great records from bands will always make you go back through their catalog and listen to everything with new ears. This album shows their progression, and I love that. I heard about their upcoming mariachi record, and I'm very excited about it. III is one of the best records that has come out in a long time."
"My son Jimmy is in a great rock band called FCC—Forever Came Calling. They're playing with me on a lot of upcoming shows. Check them out!"
"I think MGMT is really amazing. Their record is really cool. I like Calexico. I'm doing a show with them in a couple of days. I'm getting into their stuff more and more. I'm always kind of late in picking things up [Laughs].
Kevin Bacon – The Bacon Brothers
"I love Kings of Leon. Their new record is truly great! I've been listening to that a lot."
"I just got turned onto this dude. My home boy Grant Rice gave me a CD of this cat named Drake. They call him, 'Drizzie.' I think he's down with Young Money and Lil Wayne. I'm stuck on him, man! I only have like eight songs, but I can't stop listening to him. I'm stuck on it! His voice kind of reminds me of Common, Kanye West and Lil Wayne mixed in together. He's lyrical with shit. I'm on Drake right now. He's from Toronto. That's hardcore! You know what I'm sizzling? I think he was on this show called Degrassi or something. K'naan is also dope! His record is crazy, man. I'm listening to a lot of our music too, as usual."
"I've bumping Billy Blue and Brisco. Brisco's a part of the whole Poe Boy sound. He's hot down in Miami and on the East Coast and everything. They're doing their thang, and it's great."
"I'm really blown away an American act called CocoRosie. I've been listening to them a lot. It’s comprised of two sisters and a couple other people. They're super-talented and multi-instrumental. Their records are a really interesting combination of influences. They're doing something that I've sort of always wanted to do, which is write and record songs where anything can be the instrument. They literally use children's toys sometimes! CocoRosie are super creative."
Maynard James Keenan — Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer
"I've been listening to Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival. It's these two guys out of Ohio that do funkabilly, religious tunes. There's a guitar player and a guy with a cardboard drum kit. It's fantastic!"