The Top 5 Modern Day Psychedelic Rock Bands

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In today’s musical landscape, there are a number of great psychedelic rock bands carrying on the legacy of the genre’s pioneers. Here are our top 5 modern day psychedelic rock bands.

Tame Impala

Formed in 2007, Tame Impala is a Australian psychedelic rock band led by Kevin Parker. The band has released three studio albums, Innerspeaker, Lonerism and Currents, and a live album, Live Versions. The singles “Elephant”, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, “The Less I Know the Better” and “Let It Happen” have all charted in several countries.

The band has been hailed as one of the leading forces in the revival of psychedelic rock in the 2010s. Their sound has been described as a “mix of late-’60s British Invasion pop and Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd”.

The Black Keys

The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording songs in their basement on an eight-track recorder. TheyEventually signed with major label Nonesuch Records in 2006. The Black Keys’ commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with their fifth album Brothers, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and went platinum. Their next album, El Camino (2011), reached number two and received Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album and Best Recording Package. In 2014, they released their eighth album, Turn Blue, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and received three Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance, and Best Rock Song for the single “Fever”.

The Strokes

If you’re looking for a psychedelic rock band that’s still making music today, then look no further than The Strokes. This New York City-based band has been churning out hits since 2001, and they show no signs of slowing down. The Strokes are known for their catchy melodies, classic rock influences, and energetic live performances. If you’re looking for a band that epitomizes the sound of modern day psychedelic rock, then The Strokes are definitely worth checking out.

The White Stripes

The White Stripes is an American rock duo formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of Jack White (vocals, guitars, piano, and mandolin) and Meg White (drums and vocals). After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, The White Stripes rose to prominence in 2002 as part of the garage rock revival scene. Their successful and acclaimed 2003 album Elephant drew attention from a larger audience within the rock music community in the United States.

The band’s fourth album, Get Behind Me Satan (2005), saw a change in sound that incorporated experimental rock and blues elements. Rolling Stone ranked The White Stripes number 70 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They also ranked number 51 on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

The Raconteurs

The Raconteurs are an American rock band formed in Detroit, Michigan in 2005. The band consists of Jack White (vocals, guitar), Brendan Benson (vocals, guitar), Jack Lawrence (bass) and Patrick Keeler (drums). The Raconteurs released their debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, in 2006 to positive reviews and commercial success. The album peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The band’s second album, Consolers of the Lonely, was released in 2008 to similar success. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. The Raconteurs have sold over 1.5 million records in the United States and over 3 million records worldwide.

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