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10 of the Most Unpredictable Artists in Music Today

on March 12, 2014, 1:39pm
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No one saw Sgt. Pepper’s or Sandinista! coming. Neither sounded like anything anyone had done before, and they’re emblematic of why The Beatles and The Clash are two of the most important rock bands of all time. They took crazy risks, even though it meant alienating a lot of the teenyboppers and punk purists who’d made them famous and afforded them the luxury of experimenting. That anything-goes spirit is often lacking among today’s artists, perhaps because the Internet has created a culture of niche audiences with very specific tastes, but it hasn’t completely disappeared. Through their music and/or offstage antics, the following 10 artists keep us guessing, risking our goodwill in the name of creativity. It’s a gamble the greats always take.

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Anonymous
June 27, 2014 at 2:05 am

What about of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes? take a look at each of his last 4 or 5 albums and they all have been very different, changing the band, the influences, everything.

Bymbaa Biba
June 16, 2014 at 5:05 am

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Boo
June 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm

I heard Julian Casablancas doing some bossanova shit mixed with synth punk and some metal riffs, but yeah, Dave’s testosteronic screaming is something that you never expect.

Boo
June 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Dave Grohl unpredicatable? Really? He’s always screaming for god sake

Stephen Morelock
June 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm

The mere idea that Lana Del Rey should be anywhere near this list is maddeningly stupid.

Anonymous
June 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I think Josh Homme should get a mention

Jolly
June 8, 2014 at 2:15 am

What you have here for Norah Jones is nothing compared to her surprise guest appearance on the track, Sucker, on Mike Patton’s Peeping Tom project.

Anonymous
June 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm

This more sounds like a list of underrated artists in a highly rated, majorly successful way. Each of these ten artists make millions of dollars off their music…some very recently…and also star in films, have numerous biographies made about them and some are at a point in their respective, lustrous, long spanning careers that they have complete creative freedoms over their musical work. Bottom line, this article simply has the wrong title. It’s more of whatever music the author currently has on their Spotify playlists currently.

Anonymous
June 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm

This list is a joke.

Erin
May 6, 2014 at 2:13 pm

lame. where’s pj harvey?

Charles Leek
March 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Norah Jones, LDR and no Trent Reznor? Please.

Capt Ahole
March 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Dude, EVERY Foo Fighters song has sounded exactly the same for the last 10 years. Can everyone please get off of Dave Grohl’s nutsack?

Mike Patterson
June 8, 2014 at 7:52 am

Yeah what ^ that guy said! 100%

Anonymous
March 13, 2014 at 8:16 am

dave grohl? really? come on…when have foo fighters ever done anything experimental or outrages. And norah jones? zzzzz…

Anonymous
March 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

A list of unpredictable artists that, in itself, is utterly predictable.
Also, no Death Grips? Come on!

WhenILearnToMilkIt
March 13, 2014 at 7:00 am

LDR is a fucking travesty

Jay
March 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Lana del Rey ???!!!?? Give me a break….

JJ
March 12, 2014 at 7:43 pm

if he were a bit more active, i’d suggest Peter Buck, but he’s quite below the radar these days (but just as creative–just call him Peter “Side Project” Buck).

guest
March 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Where’s Death Grips?