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May 13, 2011 7:37 AM   Subscribe

I really like Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Who else should I listen to?

I think that what I want is described as midtempo, minor chord hardcore, maybe with shouted or rapped (but not growled or screeched) vocals, funky beats, and angular distorted but not-overbearing guitars.
Think funk/punk/rap fusion.
Don't recommend:
Anything with misogynistic lyrics
Rap that doesn't use guitars on some level
I'm also aware of, and avoiding, Linkin Park style nu-metal.
posted by Quizicalcoatl to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I recommend going through Steven Hyden's series What Happened to Alternative Nation?

It's a rundown of the 90's alternative movement from a quasi-autobiographical perspective. It's pretty interesting to watch the progressive roots of alt music descend into cock-rock blandness.
posted by Think_Long at 7:41 AM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

might like Refused
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 7:52 AM on May 13, 2011

Best answer: Street Sweeper Social Club, which is Tom Morello from Rage & Audioslave and Boots Riley from the Coup.
posted by jeffmshaw at 8:02 AM on May 13, 2011

Best answer: Think funk/punk/rap fusion.

Maybe Puya?
posted by burnmp3s at 8:05 AM on May 13, 2011

You should check out at the drive in.
posted by TheBones at 8:12 AM on May 13, 2011

The now disbanded Robots Talk In Twos might be up your alley.

MeMail me if you are having trouble finding the EP.
posted by bionic.junkie at 8:14 AM on May 13, 2011

Pop Will Eat Itself
posted by Bodd at 8:17 AM on May 13, 2011

Weapon of Choice
posted by carsonb at 8:30 AM on May 13, 2011

I'd recommend Djevara, Fugazi, Pulled Apart By Horses, and Jetplane Landing (specifically their second album "Once Like A Spark").
posted by garrett at 8:34 AM on May 13, 2011

At the Drive-In & System of a Down.
posted by eunoia at 8:35 AM on May 13, 2011 [2 favorites]

Queens of the Stone Age
Bad Brains
posted by mkultra at 8:36 AM on May 13, 2011

Seconding System of a Down.

Maybe some older Red Hot Chili Peppers too? I'm thinking Blood Sugar Sex Magik or even older.
posted by sigmagalator at 8:37 AM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

I think that the Minutemen fit the bill.
posted by JoeyDee at 8:55 AM on May 13, 2011

Try this
posted by Threeway Handshake at 9:10 AM on May 13, 2011

You should check out at the drive in .
posted by TheBones

At the Drive-In...
posted by eunoia

I'd recommend... Fugazi
posted by garrett

At The Drive In was one of the first things I thought about. I went back and listened to what I have in my collection, and I don't think it really fits into what the OP was after. It's more avante-garde inspired indie rock with hardcore leanings than the punk/funk/rap fusion the OP was after (at least to me).

You might get closer with Fugazi's first two EPs (collected as 13 Songs) and maybe Repeater. On those releases, it's mostly the rhythm section that gives it the funk feel. After those releases it become more hard indie rock. Still those one mentioned might be a good fit.

Bad Brains
posted by mkultra

This seems like a no brainer. If the OP hasn't got into the Bad Brains, then this would be a good one to look at. The albums I'd recommend are I Against I and Quickness. Both are pretty close to what the OP described. They were also a big influence on Rage (at least from early interviews). Before those two albums and your looking at straight (and incredibly good) hardcore. After that... well it's complicated and not really that good.

Here's some tracks to check out:

House of Suffering


Soulcraft (annoying advert before video)

Quizicalcoatl chime in soon and let us know if we're on the right track.
posted by bionic.junkie at 9:14 AM on May 13, 2011

Rise Against doesn't have the rap, but I think you'll like them regardless.
posted by General Malaise at 9:58 AM on May 13, 2011

Incubus' S.C.I.E.N.C.E. might work.
posted by Jpfed at 10:22 AM on May 13, 2011

Coil. Hard to find, but very good.
posted by dgran at 10:44 AM on May 13, 2011

Response by poster: So far Street Sweeper Social Club has come the closest. I also liked Puya a lot (although many of their songs are not exactly what I was looking for with this particular question). Senser was great - except I didn't like the female vocalist. I love System of a Down, but that seems like a different genre than what I'm looking for. Wasn't crazy about Bad Brains. Old Red Hot Chili Peppers is good but I think I'm looking for something a bit darker.

After listening to many of the recommendations so far, I think I left two things out of my original specs: 1) I'm looking for something dark/angry/edgy, and 2) I'm looking for something that wouldn't be described as sounding "lush".
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 11:00 AM on May 13, 2011

Atari Teenage Riot
Faith No More
posted by Gilbert at 11:05 AM on May 13, 2011

Best answer: Primus, for real. Jerry Was A Race Car Driver, My Name Is Mud. It's edgy, and frequently dark, but not angry in a straightforward or angsty way.

Living Colour - Cult of Personality

Fishbone - Fight the Youth

I think you'll like Deftones, although you may prefer the first two albums to their more soundscapy later stuff. 7 Words, Engine No. 9, Headup(live)

I Mother Earth - Rain Will Fall

Infectious Grooves and Suicidal Tendencies: the former is the funk version of the latter, and the latter is the punk/metal version of the former, with basically all the same dudes in both.
posted by Errant at 12:47 PM on May 13, 2011

Check out 2 Skinnee J's if you're into clever lyrics, rock/"rap" fusion, but are ok without the genius guitar stylings of Morello. They're quirky, but I loved them, especially live. Maybe take a look at Quarashi if you're into quirky.
posted by pecanpies at 1:50 PM on May 13, 2011

Whoops, totally disregard my recommendations. Just now saw your follow up comment re: wanting something dark/edgy. Never mind!
posted by pecanpies at 1:51 PM on May 13, 2011

Nthing as hard as I can Queens of the Stone Age.
posted by ish__ at 4:23 PM on May 13, 2011

King's X
posted by herbplarfegan at 4:31 PM on May 13, 2011

Hmm, yeah. I was also thinking Queens of the Stone Age, and if that direction interests you, how about the older, weirder, darker, queerer Shudder to Think?
Nine Fingers
Hit Liquor
X-French Tee Shirt
So into You
Shake your halo down
posted by stagewhisper at 4:38 PM on May 13, 2011

Response by poster: So far, I've really liked Street Sweeper Social Club and Primus the best. Puya is also awesome, although they're not consistently what I was looking for with this question. Queens of the Stone Age is okay - I love the jaunty sort of rhythms they use, but I'm not crazy about the vocals.

Thanks for all the suggestions!
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 5:55 PM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

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