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Old 09-19-2006, 04:56 PM   #1
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I'm interested in hearing about bands that no one really knows about, but does good music.

I have a favorite group that for the life of me I cannot figure out why they can't get picked up by a major label. The group is called Grasshopper Takeover. They are a local band from Omaha that just kicks royal freaking ass. The guys are super cool and every time they play in Omaha it is a major event. They can sell out any venue.

I own every last CD and still get a major buzz every time I listen to them. I wish I lived in Omaha so I could see them live again.

If you want to sample them, I'd recommend starting with International Dance Marathon, which is a disc from a few years ago, but remains my favorite. These guys have more hooks than a tackle box. They really rock.

I'd recommend these songs to get you started, but try them all, really.

Esta Vida
Take Me With You
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:00 PM   #2
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Big Smith out of Springfield, MO is a great act to catch. I am listening a lot to Old Crow Medicine Show, but they aren't really "obscure", however if you don't know them you should check them out.
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:01 PM   #3
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=10496

This thread has some good bands mentioned.
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:06 PM   #4
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I recently started listening to Johnny Hiland. He's a little twangy for my hard-rock roots, but plays guitar like nobody's biz-nizzle.
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:19 PM   #5
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I'm a big fan of Poi Dog Pondering. They do fests around the Chicagoland area these days - once in a while at least. Their music is great live - very party atmosphere-ish.

That Grasshopper Takeover sounded pretty good, I might have to pick that up
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Grasshopper Takeover seems to have that worldbeat/ska underneath and 80's pop feel on top. Nice.

Johnny Hiland - How can you give this guy props without invoking SRV and still be fair?

There's obscure for obscure's sake and then there's the WTF scenario this thread seems to be about. Why haven't they been signed?

Fans of old school R&B, blue-eyed soul, and funk should check out Paul Cebar.
He's got a few cds. Supposedly he's got 2 or 3 more in the can, but can't get a label anymore.

http://www.paulcebar.com/store/index.html
http://www.paulcebar.com/video/index.html

Dude: He gets up in your parts on occasion.
http://www.paulcebar.com/schedule/index.html
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Johnny Hiland - How can you give this guy props without invoking SRV and still be fair?

I like SRV too, but he's not exactly obscure. Johnny's got more licks than Stevie ever had.
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Point was dead guy always gets the trump. Not fair to the alive guy.
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Yeah, I guess the alive guy can just keep practicing...

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