Saturday, December 29, 2007

Music on the Homefront

Instead of doing a nice intro, let's jump right into the top 8 bands on American soil.

Brother-sister duo, the White Stripes, never fail to please our ears. In June, they dropped Icky Thump—their sixth release and number 8 on my list.

Next up is Rooney at the 7 position. With their California-based sound, the five-man-band led by Robert Schwartzman (lil brother of Jason Schwartzman and Sofia Coppola and Nicholas Cage's cousin) released their sophomore effort, Calling the World this year and have been touring all over the country and Europe this winter. Not only can you see them live, but they have been keeping in touch with their fans by producing vlogs on their very own YouTube channel.

At number 6 is dedicated to the great comebacks of bands from the past.Spoon came out with a widely praised album; The Eagles beat out Britney Spears for the top spot the week their albums released; and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is back—enough said. Here's his video for Radio Nowhere.

Veteran indie group Rilo Kiley is at the number 5 spot. Dropping Under the Blacklight in August, the band brought back cowbell with Breakin' Up and shows the lives of real-life porn stars in Moneymaker.

Releasing Chase the Light in October, Jimmy Eat World break into the scene with an amazing album with a variety of different sounds. So if you haven't picked up your copy of this number 4 pick yet, you really should.

At number 3 is Massachusetts-based foursome Boys Like Girls who burst into popularity and TRL-status with the release of The Great Escape. And now the band has been on the road non-stop and will be hitting the stage next year with Avril Lavigne.

Taking number 2 is the Foo Fighters. Following their 2005 double disc, In Your Honor, the Foo's release, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, this year has shown the band's evolving talent. This album has a mature sound and shows piano skills from Dave and Taylor.

With all its success breaking out bands like The Academy Is..., Panic! At the Disco, Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy and The Hush Sound, Fueled By Ramen Records swam in some major success this year—especially with Gym Class Heroes and Paramore. 2007 started off riding on the GCH hit, Cupid's Chokehold, and has made this group a household name. Then, of course, there's Paramore. Warped Tour '07, AP's Band of the Year and a Grammy nod—what more could you ask for? So at the top of this list has to be an ode to these Fueled By Ramen pool of talent, and here's the latest from Paramore. Enjoy!

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