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#1 Edited by SleepyDoughnut (1240 posts) -

I realized I should have named this thread "Bands that are still pretty good you guys!" because that's the main jist here.

After seeing the "bands that have gone downhill" thread and thinking, 'man, most of the bands I know have gone downhill' I started thinking a more interesting topic would be bands that continue to be solid, or are even on the upswing, since I can count a lot less of them off the top of my head. For me, Grizzly Bear comes to mind as each new album they put out is more musically complex than their previous album, yet still remains very listenable and retains the spirit of their style. Flying Lotus, though not a band and more of a one man electronic producer, continues to put out original, quality stuff on each new release, like this cute little banger here

Oh, Dinosaur jr. is another band that comes to mind. So yeah, this is a place for music fans to shout out that rare band that refuses to go downhill, or perhaps a band that is just reaching its prime.

#2 Posted by xyzygy (10078 posts) -

I think Animal Collective takes the cake here

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#3 Posted by hanktherapper (384 posts) -

I'm going to have to say Beastie Boys. Even a weak Beastie Boys album is better than anything out there.

#4 Posted by Animasta (14727 posts) -

thinking about bands that have been around awhile... Converge? They've been around since the 90's and their latest album is the best yet.

Also Earth though they definitely changed their style from Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Edition but it's still amazing.

#5 Posted by CatMeat (46 posts) -

Father Murphy, each new album they release is better than the last. I really hope they get the fame/recognition they deserve at some point.

#6 Posted by SleepyDoughnut (1240 posts) -

@xyzygy said:

I think Animal Collective takes the cake here

I'm with you completely! They're my favorite band, but I refrained from putting them since their most recent album was a bit of a letdown. Way too overproduced I thought. Not to say that means they're going downhill at all though. But yeah, what an incredible track record they have. Literally a decade of amazing albums without any misses (except for maybe Here Comes the Indian)

#7 Edited by Ben_H (3441 posts) -

Wintersun. With 8 years between their first release and their new album, there was plenty of chances for it to go poorly. Luckily it didn't and their new album (which is actually just half an album. The other half  gets released in spring because it is too long to put on one disk and he didn't want to delay it any longer) is a solid piece of work. I've already listened to it around 20 times (though it's only 40 minutes long so that isn't hard).
 
Not a band, but a musician. Aesop Rock.  Skelethon was a great album. I like his collaboration with Rob Sonic for many of the backing tracks. "Zero Dark Thirty" was a great song. So was the song about a mother  calling her kid a pussy for not eating his vegetables(edit: it is called Grace. The lyrics are quite clever). "Saturn Missiles" and "ZZZ Top" were amazing songs too. I adore that album. Plus the CD packaging is really slick. I'm glad I preordered.

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#8 Posted by Thrillhouse87 (247 posts) -

I mentioned this band as one of the exceptions in that previous thread: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Also, not a band, but Tom Waits has been active for about 40 years now, and none of his 17 studio albums are bad (IMO)

#9 Edited by xyzygy (10078 posts) -

@SleepyDoughnut said:

@xyzygy said:

I think Animal Collective takes the cake here

I'm with you completely! They're my favorite band, but I refrained from putting them since their most recent album was a bit of a letdown. Way too overproduced I thought. Not to say that means they're going downhill at all though. But yeah, what an incredible track record they have. Literally a decade of amazing albums without any misses (except for maybe Here Comes the Indian)

I honestly HATED Centipede Hz. It's so jumbled and doesn't make sense at a a lot of points. But then I started listening to it OVER AND OVER on my walks to school, different songs every time, and wow I love it now. Sure Father Time is a DUD in the grandest sense, but I've found that the album really grew on me, especially Moonjock, Wide Eyed, Amanita, New Town Burnout, Pulleys, Today's Supernatural, and Monkey Riches. Applesauce was an instant love, and I'm currently getting into Rosie Oh. Mercury Man is pretty good too. But Father time though... really hate that song.

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#10 Posted by Harkat (1119 posts) -

Skream's output is still very solid.

#11 Posted by Shaka999 (500 posts) -

I can't imagine older fans will agree, but I'll throw Modest Mouse out there. (To clarify, I started with Good News then went forward, then backward. Love all of their stuff, and hopefully this new album will come out some time soon...?)

Silversun Pickups as well. I still think Carnavas is their best album, but the other two are still pretty good.

#12 Posted by AlexW00d (6446 posts) -

Converge and BTBAM have gotten progressively better with every album, kinda. They have consistently made incredible albums.

#13 Posted by SuperSambo (2885 posts) -

Every Time I DIe

Arctic Monkeys (some may disagree)

Protest The Hero (see above)

Trivium (got better over time)

#14 Edited by ShaggE (6717 posts) -

Red Hot Chili Peppers -Mentioned a lot in the other thread, but I think they've actually gotten better with age. Of course, I always liked them more for their softer songs.

Type O Negative - Good to the end. Their last album was my least favorite, but it was still really good.

Dr. Steel - His entire recording career took place within two years, so he never had a chance to go stale... does that count? Three great albums, one right after another, centered around a fictional persona isn't easy, after all.

Fiona Apple - She's just getting better and better, and doing the opposite of what most musicians do: instead of becoming more accessible and radio-friendly, she's becoming *less* so, and benefiting for it. To go from "Tidal" (an amazing album in it's own right) to where she is now... it's a crime that most people forgot about her after 1997, myself included.

Edit: Oh shit, forgot Tom Waits. Like I said about Fiona Apple, he just gets more esoteric, more unstable, and more reasons to go down as a musical legend.

#15 Posted by BBAlpert (1579 posts) -

Bad Religion is still pretty good in my opinion.

#16 Posted by ajamafalous (12161 posts) -
@SuperSambo said:

Arctic Monkeys (some may disagree)

Yeah I totally disagree. I think every one of their albums is worse than the previous one, with the newest being borderline unlistenable. 
 
WPSIA is great, FWN is really good, Humbug is pretty good, but SIAS is just complete garbage.
#17 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1219 posts) -

Between the Buried and Me have gotten better with every album.

#18 Posted by csl316 (9485 posts) -

I think Opeth's going as strong as ever. They keep changing things up which keeps them interesting.

#19 Posted by Brewmaster_Andy (524 posts) -

Second for Converge. That band has just gotten consistently better with each release. I actually think the weakest part of that band at this point is Jake Bannon's art style - and this is coming from a dude with a J. Bannon tattoo. He just hasn't shifted away from the over-splattered imagery in forever. As for other bands? Reel Big Fish has been pretty solid for a long time. Hot Water Music and The Lawrence Arms are both consistently good, as well. Although four albums isn't a massive career, The Gaslight Anthem has also consistently improved.

#20 Posted by StingerMK2 (386 posts) -

i came here to sing the praises of the new Converge album, so yeah... Converge

also Deftones, had a tiny bit of a lull after White Pony but their last album, and what iv heard of the new one, is some of the best material they've ever put out in my opinion

#21 Posted by Commisar123 (1798 posts) -

Black Keys still seem pretty good

#22 Posted by BaneFireLord (2957 posts) -

Iron Maiden still has a kick ass live show 30 years on. The Final Frontier was also a damn good album.

#23 Posted by thedj93 (1237 posts) -

lil b the basedgod

#24 Posted by _Zombie_ (1462 posts) -

Billy Talent. For the most part, they've continued to get better with each album.

Iced Earth. Seriously, even when changing between singers with massively different vocal styles, they still sound amazing.

@ShaggE said:

Red Hot Chili Peppers -Mentioned a lot in the other thread, but I think they've actually gotten better with age. Of course, I always liked them more for their softer songs.

Dr. Steel - His entire recording career took place within two years, so he never had a chance to go stale... does that count? Three great albums, one right after another, centered around a fictional persona isn't easy, after all.

I'll co-sign these. Dr. Steel was amazing, and RHCP's best songs are the soft ones.

#25 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Rise Against? I prefer their newer albums over the old ones personally.

#26 Posted by TopSteer (677 posts) -

I may be one of the few Tegan And Sara fans on here but I think they just keep getting better and better.

Katie Melua has been around for about ten years and is still going strong.

As I said in the other thread, I think Rise Against is still great.

#27 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2733 posts) -

Between the Buried and Me. The Parallax II is their best work yet.

#28 Posted by cmblasko (1353 posts) -

Rush. 40 years of touring, still as good as ever and selling lots of albums.

#29 Edited by Colourful_Hippie (4496 posts) -

@csl316 said:

I think Opeth's going as strong as ever. They keep changing things up which keeps them interesting.

This for sure, Mikael and Steven Wilson's collab album, Storm Corrosion, is something incredibly unique and amazing.

For me I have to say Foo Fighters.

@ShaggE said:

Red Hot Chili Peppers -Mentioned a lot in the other thread, but I think they've actually gotten better with age. Of course, I always liked them more for their softer songs.

Meh, that last album fell pretty flat for me. I only ended up really liking Did I Let You Know and Brendan's Death Song. John's departure still bums me the fuck out.

#30 Posted by GeekDown (1170 posts) -

Dinosaur Jr. are still just as awesome as they were back in the day. Their newest release is fantastic.

#31 Posted by A_Talking_Donkey (262 posts) -

Darkthrone, it took them almost 20 years of making really bad black metal albums to release some crusty gold and they've been getting better ever since.

#32 Posted by Ramone (2976 posts) -

I came in here to say Dinosaur Jr., but I see you beat me to it. I guess The Black Keys have stayed pretty consistent but they haven't been around for that long.

#33 Posted by AJasmer (10 posts) -

@TopSteer said:

I may be one of the few Tegan And Sara fans on here but I think they just keep getting better and better.

I definitely agree, super excited for their new record, excited about the new direction their taking, should yield some great stuff. I mean "Messed Up" is already one of my favorite Tegan and Sara songs and the record doesn't come out until January.

#34 Edited by Meltac (2009 posts) -

Atmosphere, CunninLynguists and The Roots all still put out quality music.

#35 Posted by ProfessorEss (7523 posts) -

@zombiebigfoot said:

Billy Talent. For the most part, they've continued to get better with each album.

Seconded.

Though I am a little bummed they dropped the album numbering :P

#36 Posted by DetectiveSpecial (464 posts) -

Fine. I'll be the dipshit that says Radiohead, even though I wasn't a fan of their last album. At least they try.

Also, Dr. Dog.

#37 Posted by N7 (3677 posts) -

Tupac. He hasn't released a bad album in the last 16 years.

#38 Edited by Cheesebob (1249 posts) -

Radiohead

The Beatles

Kanye West

OutKast

Arcade Fire

#39 Posted by yakov456 (1924 posts) -

Rush.

#40 Posted by Bobby_The_Great (1015 posts) -

Metallica.

Eff the haters. :)

In all honesty, I do have to agree that I like Opeth branching out.

#41 Posted by kalmia64 (99 posts) -

They Might Be Giants <3

#42 Posted by Little_Socrates (5716 posts) -

Again, I tend to go with classics in this conversation. I made my case against Green Day and Muse "going downhill" last thread because I thought Idiot and 2nd Law were more interesting than some of their previous output, but I'm not gonna write down everybody again.

Aerosmith got way better as performers since their heyday, making their concerts completely awesome. And Legendary Child is way better than a lot of their 90's material.

Iron Maiden is also still pretty amazing in concert. Dickinson is still one of the best frontmen in music.

Al Green and Buddy Guy aren't bands, but damn if they're not still fantastic.

#43 Edited by falling_fast (2284 posts) -

Agalloch, Swans

#44 Posted by Animasta (14727 posts) -

@damnable_fiend said:

Agalloch, Swans

I honestly disliked the last agalloch because it was way too black metal-y.

#45 Edited by pygmy (16 posts) -

I'm sure it's been mentioned but I would say Deftones. Really looking forward to their new album! The 2 tracks they've released from it are great.

Edit: Oh, looks like the guy right above me mentioned Deftones... well ... then I agree with that dude!

#46 Posted by falling_fast (2284 posts) -

@Animasta said:

@damnable_fiend said:

Agalloch, Swans

I honestly disliked the last agalloch because it was way too black metal-y.

that's one of the reasons I liked it so much, actually. everyone's different, I guess.

#47 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3245 posts) -

Sunn O))), Cannibal Corpse, Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theater, The Black Dahlia Murder

#48 Posted by Molenator85 (237 posts) -

The Roots come to mind first for me. Not only are they very prolific, but they continue to put out great music. Depending on the day, Undun may be my favorite album of theirs.

Kanye isn't a bad answer either, MBDTF is incredible and Watch the Throne is good for what it is.

#49 Posted by pyromagnestir (4339 posts) -

Despite what I said in the other thread, I do still like pretty much everything Radiohead does.

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#50 Edited by CrossTheAtlantic (1146 posts) -

@DetectiveSpecial said:

Fine. I'll be the dipshit that says Radiohead, even though I wasn't a fan of their last album. At least they try.

Also, Dr. Dog.

I was going to say them if someone else hadn't.

I'd also add The National, though I realize some are uneven on their early stuff, but I really like it.

Oh, and what about The Strokes?

Okay, I'm kidding, but man I wish.