While my guitar gently weeps
April 13, 2016 7:39 PM   Subscribe

Recommend new(ish) guitar/rock music for someone who needs a break from pop.

I'm deliberately leaving the question a little broad because I want eclectic answers. The only criteria are:
-guitar based/rock type music, but within those parameters pretty much all genres or sub-genres are fine. Not super keen on metal, although I wont rule it out. Adore punk.
-bands that have been active within the last, lets say, five years or so
-not super mainstream (I know who The Alabama Shakes are)
-Bonus: the more it sounds like it might have come from the 90s the better
posted by supercrayon to Media & Arts (48 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
You have described Beach Slang.

Also search for their 90s covers.
posted by littlewater at 7:50 PM on April 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

King Khan is my favorite of the Black Keys type of sound.

There's also the whole Desert Blues thing, with African bands like Tinarwen.
posted by irisclara at 7:58 PM on April 13, 2016 [3 favorites]

Lydia Loveless
The London Souls
Bob Mould (of Hüsker Dü and Sugar) has a new album out
posted by nicwolff at 8:00 PM on April 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

Doctor Dog!
posted by bleep at 8:03 PM on April 13, 2016 [2 favorites]

Google these + bandcamp

The Malskys
Glamour Hotline
Dilly Dally
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:14 PM on April 13, 2016

Ex Hex? Kind of channeling the 70's more than the 90's though:
How You Got That Girl - reminds me of The Cars
Hot and Cold - some Joan Jett here?
posted by strangecargo at 8:19 PM on April 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

Built to Spill especially perfect from now on; The Stone Roses.
posted by chrismc at 8:21 PM on April 13, 2016

There's a real riot grrl/feminist punk revival happening right now if you like that sort of thing--Tacocat, The Coathangers, Chastity Belt.
Courtney Barnett (she opened for Alabama Shakes. Absolutely SHREDS.)
Hinds and La Luz both have a lofi surfy vibe if you're into that.
You probably already know about Japandroids, but in case you don't, Japandroids.

You might try listening to KEXP (kexp.org) streaming for a couple of days--they play a ton of new stuff/what you're looking for.
posted by kickingthecrap at 8:21 PM on April 13, 2016 [6 favorites]

Jack White and his many bands and projects. The White Stripes, the Raconteurs.

Ray LaMontagne?
posted by Sublimity at 8:33 PM on April 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

Modern blues: Benjamin Booker check Live at Glastonbury 2015

More soul-based: Leon Bridges also Live at Glastonbury 2015
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:38 PM on April 13, 2016

I know them well, and I think I understand that they've "made it," but I'm not sure about mainstream. Either way, Queens of the Stone Age.

Or a similar sound, Them Crooked Vultures, comprised of Josh Homme (of QOTSA), John Paul Jones, and Dave Grohl.

While we're on ex-Zeppelins, Robert Plant and Allison Kraus Made a killer album, Raising Sand, that is sometimes more rock and sometimes more folk, but seriously great album.

Are The Coral rock? I don't know, but they've got some of that jangly 60's British stuff going, but with very modern production.

And last, because you said you didn't want it, the only metal band I'm interested in right now other than Black Sabbath. Killer Be Killed because they have the right combination of nice crunchy Pantera-ish riffs with semi-intelligible screaming and actual, non-whiny vocals.
posted by cmoj at 8:47 PM on April 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

Dinosaur Jr. Has been making loud psychedelic rock since the late 80's.
posted by vrakatar at 9:26 PM on April 13, 2016

Here's a bunch of random stuff that I love that I think fits your criteria...
Speedy Ortiz
White Lung
Hop Along
Big Eyes
The Ambulars
Radiator Hospital
All Dogs
Dogs on Acid
posted by anoirmarie at 9:26 PM on April 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

Lucas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. Lucas (Willie Nelson's son) rocks. Here he is rocking the Eric Clapton song After Midnight. He plays with Neil Young and here with Bob Weir doing Weir Wolves of London. Here he covers Call Me the Breeze (Also Rob Wasserman on base.)

Here are videos on his website.

He self describes his music as Cowboy Hippie Surf Rock. I think he is right.
posted by AugustWest at 9:37 PM on April 13, 2016

Well, I don't know if it fits the not-mainstream criteria, what with "Search and Destroy" showing up on a commercial every six months, but Post Pop Depression is pretty rad all the way through.
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 10:13 PM on April 13, 2016

Big Wreck is mostly Canadian, so you might not have heard of them. They started out in the 90s with this.
posted by klanawa at 12:35 AM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

Check out Palma Violets!
posted by shortyJBot at 3:33 AM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

Surfer Blood.
posted by kevinbelt at 4:21 AM on April 14, 2016

I have more, because current music that sounds like the 90s is my jam. Sorry no links for these, they are on spotify and/or bandcamp.

Joie de Vivre
Farewell Singapore
Fine, It's Pink
Los Campesinos!
Losing Sleep
Pale Fire
Allison Weiss
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 4:46 AM on April 14, 2016 [2 favorites]

Last Shadow Puppets? You probably know who they are, though. Not sure they sound 90s. Maybe early 00s.
posted by ihaveyourfoot at 4:49 AM on April 14, 2016

mv & ee
The newest Tom Carter record
Golden Gunn
posted by OmieWise at 4:51 AM on April 14, 2016

Punk with great technical guitar is basically my favorite genre of music. I'll see if I can remember some of the best (it's early yet, coffee has yet to take effect).

The genre is probably best typified by Boston-area A Wilhelm Scream.

Mastodon is metal for people who hate metal but love guitars.

Thrice has some pretty great guitar chops, and their early stuff basically almost was the 90s.

Coheed and Cambria if prog-rock is your thing.

White Lung is tremendous. They're blowing it away.

Heartsounds are also tearing it up.

Some great bands with awesome guitars that are all somehow related:
Latterman (RIP)
Iron Chic
Tender Defender

Finally (for now), while not mind-blowing guitar work, I've been really into the Menzingers lately.
posted by General Malaise at 6:10 AM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

Withered Hand.
posted by Mothlight at 6:30 AM on April 14, 2016

The Gaslight Anthem is basically the spirit of Bruce Springsteen reborn in a bunch of 20-somethings.

Jesse Malin is pretty awesome, too, in similar ways.
posted by jbickers at 6:39 AM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

Slaves - Just two guys from Kent doing super-earnest "British punk with harsh bluesy garage riffs".
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:44 AM on April 14, 2016

The Hold Steady

Real Estate

Wild Nothing

The War on Drugs

Might I recommend a 90's band if you like punk...Sugar - it's the former lead guitarist/singer of Husker Du, Bob Mould
posted by glaucon at 7:12 AM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

Some good new-ish Australian bands - Smith Street Band, Violent Soho, Stonefield, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, DZ Deathrays.
posted by h00py at 7:48 AM on April 14, 2016

Surprised to see Screaming Females have not been mentioned yet. Brilliant band. Will also rep for Sheer Mag and most bands already mentioned in this thread.
posted by zchyrs at 8:17 AM on April 14, 2016 [2 favorites]

Check out Hospitality. And St. Vincent!
posted by Ipsifendus at 8:23 AM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

Milk Maid. Here's their 2012 album Mostly No.

Seconding King Khan and Palma Violets, especially live.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 8:37 AM on April 14, 2016

I'll second Ultimate Painting. I'm really liking their new Green Lanes album.

Also, check out Black Mountain and their latest release IV.
posted by steinwald at 8:51 AM on April 14, 2016

Johnny Conqueroo from Lexington, KY
Courtney Barnett from Melbourne Australia
posted by tman99 at 9:20 AM on April 14, 2016

Tame Impala
posted by erebora at 10:21 AM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

Ok, listen, hear me out... Diarrhea Planet WAIT seriously
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:35 PM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

How could I forget The Wytches? Very Bleachy.
posted by ZipRibbons at 1:43 AM on April 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

The Bevis Frond (sample)
posted by flabdablet at 9:50 AM on April 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

and another sample
posted by flabdablet at 9:58 AM on April 15, 2016

Biffy Clyro!
posted by MrKellyBlah at 3:52 PM on April 15, 2016

Response by poster: You guys are crushing it, keep the suggestions coming!
posted by supercrayon at 9:19 PM on April 15, 2016

Bring Me The Head Of - Magic Dirt
posted by flabdablet at 12:40 AM on April 16, 2016

Plastic Loveless Letter - Magic Dirt
posted by flabdablet at 12:46 AM on April 16, 2016

Beasts of Bourbon
posted by flabdablet at 12:56 AM on April 16, 2016

Damn, the Stonefield link was supposed to go here (couldn't let this awesome band of sisters go past without a proper link!)
posted by h00py at 2:19 AM on April 16, 2016

Flyermile is juicy with the guitar
posted by WeekendJen at 5:35 PM on April 17, 2016

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