More and more, people are becoming fascinated by music history, by tracing the ever-present lines that exist between artists, bands, musicians and influences. And every so often in music history, an artist comes along who does something really great and is barely remembered for it; occasionally, this happens to an artist for the duration of their career, as they continue to produce quality music that for some dire reason goes unappreciated by the masses. Today, we’re going to speak to a few of those bands and the quality music they’ve produced, and maybe comment on why they’ve received so little attention for their efforts. Here are 10 underrated artists that music history doesn’t pay enough attention to.
10. Brian Jonestown Massacre
If you haven’t watched Dig!, the musical documentary which details the love/hate relationship between alternative rock bands The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, we’d suggest you do it immediately. It’s a riveting documentary that chronicles the vast differences in the approach of these similar but different bands, and it gives precious insight into the self-destructive tendencies of the lead singer of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Anton Newcombe. Despite their tumultuous tendencies, the Brian Jonestown Massacre have been producing quality music for years (they just released their 14th album in 2014), drawing inspiration from psychedelic rock, folk and even electronica. With an expansive catalog and a fully-fledged documentary to stoke your interest, we’re willing to bet you’ll have plenty of material to check out when listening to this awesomely underrated band, so stop stalling and get on it right away!