Psychedelic Rock & Progressive Rock: The Best Rock Bands of the 2000

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A list of the best psychedelic rock and progressive rock bands of the 2000s.

The Best Psychedelic Rock Bands

Psychedelic rock and progressive rock are two of the most popular genres of rock music. Many people believe that the best psychedelic rock bands come from the 2000s. In this article, we will be discussing the best psychedelic rock bands of the 2000s.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a San Francisco-based band, led by Anton Newcombe. They are one of the first bands to be associated with the emergence of the psychedelic rock revival genre, and have been praised by critics as “one of the most enduring bands of the ’90s”.

The band was founded in 1990 and released their debut album, Spacegirl and Other Favorites, in 1995. The album was followed by their second album, Take It from the Man!, which was released to critical acclaim. The band has since released sixteen studio albums, five compilation albums, five live albums, and three EPs.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre has been described as “a managed anarchy”, with Newcombe’s vision for the band often at odds with the reality of the band’s lineup and recording process. Despite this, the band has maintained a consistent musical style throughout their career, blending elements of psychedelic rock, garage rock, jangle pop, neo-psychedelia, and shoegazing.

The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols is an American rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994. The band’s sound combines elements of pop, art rock, neo-psychedelia, and electronic music. they have released twelve studio albums to date.

The Dandy Warhols began as a trio of high school friends in Portland, Oregon: Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar), Peter Holmström (guitar) and Zia McCabe (keyboards). The band was founded the same year that Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was released.

Since their formation, the Dandy Warhols have released twelve studio albums and numerous singles. Their debut album …The Dandy Warhols Come Down was released in 1997 and included the song “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth”, which was later used in a television commercial for Commodore International’s Amiga line of computers. The album was followed by 2000’s Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, which included the singles “Get Off” and “Bohemian Like You”. Both songs received heavy rotation on MTV2 and other music video channels.

The Flaming Lips

Formed in Oklahoma City in 1983 by frontman Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips are one of the most successful and well-known psychedelic rock bands of the 2000s. With a string of hit albums such as 2006’s At War with the Mystics, they achieved mainstream success while still staying true to their psychedelic roots. The Flaming Lips are known for their innovative and mind-bending live shows, which often feature Coyne inside a giant transparent plastic bubble.

The Best Progressive Rock Bands

Progressive rock is a type of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is characterized by a complex, often experimental musical structure and extended musical composition. Some of the best progressive rock bands are Tool, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and YES.


Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1990. The band’s lineup includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Justin Chancellor has been the band’s bassist since 1995, replacing their original bassist Paul D’Amour.

Tool has won three Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries. To date, the band has sold more than 13 million records worldwide.

Dream Theater

Dream Theater is one of the most successful progressive rock bands of all time. They have sold over 15 million records and won numerous awards. Dream Theater was formed in 1985 by four friends who were all students at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The band’s lineup has changed several times over the years, but the current members are John Petrucci (guitar), Jordan Rudess (keyboards), James LaBrie (vocals), and Mike Mangini (drums).

Dream Theater is known for their complex musical compositions and their epic live shows. Their songs often tell stories or are based on literary works, and they are one of the few progressive rock bands that continue to enjoy commercial success. Dream Theater’s popularity has only increased in recent years, thanks in part to their partnership with online education platform MasterClass. In 2019, they released their 14th studio album, Distance Over Time, to critical acclaim.

Porcupine Tree

Porcupine Tree was an English rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987. The band began as a solo project for Wilson, who created all of the band’s music. His debut album, On the Sunday of Life… (1991), was a psychedelic pastiche that found its way to the top 30 in the UK Albums Chart. Over the next few years, Porcupine Tree built a devoted fanbase through extensive self-released and self-financed activity that culminated in the release of their fourth album, Signify (1996). The group eventually signed with Snapper Music’s Kscope label and released Stupid Dream (1999) and Lightbulb Sun (2000) to critical acclaim and increasing commercial success. Fear of a Blank Planet (2007) topped several critics’ year-end best lists and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. In 2010, the group released The Incident, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number two and was nominated for three more Grammy Awards.

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