#1 – Switchfoot

Over the years, I’ve internalized several criteria for what makes a band “good” in my own opinion.  They’re probably not that much different from anyone else’s, but it’s interesting how similar criteria can yield such a wide range of results. Looking at the rest of the list, it might not seem to follow any kind […]

#2 – Nickel Creek

I’m determined to get through this list, and after this post, there will only be one more group to go. Number two on my list of top 10 contemporary music groups is Nickel Creek.  Three albums (and interestingly, a greatest hits CD) into their career as a group, there is already talk that there may […]

#3 Dave Matthews Band

There are days when I think DMB is absolutely my favorite band.  Even though a lot of people find them “too popular” or high-strung, very few of the criticisms I’ve heard directed toward them are actually about the music, and there’s a good reason for that.  They’re really stinking good.  Even if Dave’s voice is […]

#4 – Linkin Park

I have made this selection knowing perfectly well that it may ruffle some feathers in the anti-pop crowd.  A large number of audiophiles with high tastes would immediately dismiss LP as a group that rode out the wave of late-90’s rap-rock long past its logical conclusion.  What they don’t realize, as far as I’m concerned, is […]

#5 – Collective Soul

Although I suppose someone could argue that Collective Soul is not a contemporary band, I’m going to take the liberty of putting them on my list.  For the last 12 years or so, no band has written more consistently solid rock songs.  They occasionally have some deeper meaning, and sometimes their skill is outstanding, but […]

#6 – Sister Hazel

It’s been two months since my last contribution, but I haven’t forgotten my list of top 10 contemporary bands.  I started this thing way back in August, so here’s a quick recap: 10. Death Cab for Cutie/The Postal Service 9. Muse 8. Audioslave 7. Franz Ferdinand Number six on the list is Sister Hazel, who pretty […]

#7 – Franz Ferdinand

I thought Franz Ferdinand was just the next pop-rock fad when I first heard “Take Me Out” a couple summers ago. Now, just two albums into their career, I would consider them one of my favorite bands. They write clever, catchy rock songs that aren’t riddled with the clichés of modern rock sound. Plus, their […]