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Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« on: June 22, 2014, 06:08:35 AM »
For me ...


1.  Frightened Rabbit - the "young" Counting Crows
2.  The National
3.  Dangers of The Sea
4.  The Avett Brothers
5.  Head & The Heart

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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2014, 01:30:20 AM »
I'd never heard of these bands except for The National (which I love) and The Head & The Heart (not so much), but I've listened to a couple songs and I'm loving Frightened Rabbit and The Dangers of the Sea. Can you recommend specific albums to dive into?

In answer to the topic (in no particular order):

-Sun Kil Moon: Benji

-Typhoon: White Lighter

-Elbow: Asleep in the Back and The Seldom Seen Kid

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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2014, 09:09:29 PM »
Thanks for the recommendations. As a music lover I try and listen to everything. I've heard of some of those band but not all of them.


Yarn - Everything that's old is new again. They have an old school throw back Americana sound. Yarn and co write a lot of depressing songs about everyday stuff. Life getting so bad that your better off dead then scaping along. Jumping in front of a train and committing suicide. Not having enough money to pay rent. Dreaming of people showing up to a show and fighting for the front row. Getting old with someone. Cheating, drinking and break ups. Yarn is the most organic hard working band in America. They don't sound like anybody but themselves. They are not trying to write hits just whatever they are feeling at that given moment. Yarn's frontman Blake wears his heart on his sleeve. It's raw, real and personal. Yarn has over 100+ song and everyone is great and some have hit me like a ton of bricks. They don't use auto tune, synth or computers. They also don't play with setlist. They make it up as they go along. They play new songs all the time.

Here is a song by JJ Grey and Mofro that hit me like a ton of bricks. If this song does not bring a tear to your eye then music is not for you. J/K lol This is raw emotion. You can't fake soul. You either have it or you don't.
JJ Grey & Mofro - The Sun Is Shining Down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cYRs2SReps

Back in the day I discovered a band called Rhetoric Tuesday. I sampled some stuff online and liked what I heard. I bought their debut album. My 1st reacation was that this band sounded like the Crows. While I think the whole album is great 2 songs jumped out at me. Something beauitful and Rome Tomorrow. Something Beauitful sounded like Rain King. I played it for some Crow fans once and they said I never heard this version before. Rome Tomorrow reminds me of Black And Blue. However Rome Tomorrow came out 1st. After the debut the lead singer formed a new band called Lander. He released a studio album and live album before officially going solo. Lead singer/somgwriter Tyler Stenson is a huge Crows fan and got to Play the road show in Austin last year. He crossed that off his bucket list. Tyler describes his music as Elegent Folk.


If you like the Avett Brothers then I highly recomend you check out Roses Pawn Shop. They mix old school California Country with Folk, Celtic and Punk. Nice mix of Country & Folk.

Ryan Adams- No description needed.

I resiscovered Jackie Greene. I saw in concert a few weeks ago and he was so good. He's a 33 year old Americana musician. He plays every instrument. He's released a tin of albums and has played with the Black Crowes, Phil Lesh and Friends, Joan Osborn and many others.

Too many artist new and old to mention.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2014, 01:38:36 AM by earlbny »
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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2014, 03:26:16 AM »

Hi.  To get into Frightened Rabbit run and get a copy of their album "Pedestrian Verse".  It is an amazing album very similar to Counting Crows.  Dangers of The Sea is also phenomenal.  They only have one album so far which is called "Dangers of The Sea".  I suspect any Counting Crows fan will love the album.  Enjoy!!!

I'd never heard of these bands except for The National (which I love) and The Head & The Heart (not so much), but I've listened to a couple songs and I'm loving Frightened Rabbit and The Dangers of the Sea. Can you recommend specific albums to dive into?

In answer to the topic (in no particular order):

-Sun Kil Moon: Benji

-Typhoon: White Lighter

-Elbow: Asleep in the Back and The Seldom Seen Kid

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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2014, 08:48:53 PM »
Check out the following 2 albums. Both these albums sound like the Crows so much it's almost like they ripped off the band. The 1st like has 6 references to the Crows and sound like Adam and Springsteen. He 2 nf link has a few songs that sound just like the Crows. Something Beauitful and Rome Tomorrow just out at me.

http://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/dwyer


http://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/rhetorictuesday

Something Beauitful - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vVFlP3NheGE

Rome Tomorrow - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JFb6tjGfMDk

Here is another band that sounds like Counting Crows. The band is called Sandcastle Theory. The 2nd song Dancing in the Rain is about Adam Duritz. The Crows even get a shout out like Ben Folds in Monkey. It's almost creepy. They have some good songs. They are from Canada and used to post on the official back in the day. This songs from 2002. http://m.music.cbc.ca/artists/SANDCASTLE-THEORY
« Last Edit: July 27, 2014, 10:02:36 PM by earlbny »
One for sorrow Two for joy

In the evenings on Long Island
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FOLK THE SYSTEM

I\'m a Russian Jew American

Joba rules

See Shiri Appleby in Chicago Fire on NBC this fall and on HBO's Girls this Jan.

http://www.yarnmusic.net

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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2014, 11:01:39 PM »
Frightened Rabbit are on my list too. Only band besides Counting Crows that I go to see every time they play, no matter the venue, how expensive, or if I have anyone to go with.

I would also add Biffy Clyro, Guster, and Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst to my list.

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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2014, 04:13:49 PM »
Back in 2000 I walked into a record store (remember those) and saw a poster for the album Pictures of the Big Vacation by Mike Errico. I had no idea who Mike Errico was or what he sounded like. I fell in love with the album cover. As soon as the album came out I bought it. For all I knew it could have been Death Metal, Rap, pop or some other kind of music I did not like. Anyway I popped the CD into my CD player and hit play. I was blown away. This album was a storytelling road trip album. It had everything. Mike mixes Folk & Alternative with a soulful voice.  If you like the Crows then I highly recommend you check this album out. Mike just put out a deluxe edition not to long ago. You can listen to the whole album from start to finish at the following link. Mike also released a live acoustic album called Tonight I drink You All that's really good as well.

http://mikeerrico.bandcamp.com/album/pictures-of-the-big-vacation-deluxe-edition

http://mikeerrico.bandcamp.com/album/tonight-i-drink-you-all


My 1st taste of Guster came in 99. I saw them play at Woodstock 99 and loved them. They have a new album coming out soon. They went the Kickstarter route for the new album. I even love the side project Hanukkah album one of the guys from Guster put out. It was so funny. Conor Oberst's new album is really good. Dawes is his new backing band. I like some of the stuff by Bright Eyes. I am more of a fan of the Folk stuff Conor released.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2014, 05:08:47 PM by earlbny »
One for sorrow Two for joy

In the evenings on Long Island
When the colors start to fade

FOLK THE SYSTEM

I\'m a Russian Jew American

Joba rules

See Shiri Appleby in Chicago Fire on NBC this fall and on HBO's Girls this Jan.

http://www.yarnmusic.net

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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2014, 07:34:43 PM »
I will definitely check out Mike Errico.

I too discovered Guster in '99 when I randomly saw them open for the Barenaked Ladies and couldn't believe I hadn't heard of them before. If you donate to their PledgeMusic campaign, one of the options is to have Guster buy you a Tesla, and then play the new album for you while you take your test drive.

Dawes is awesome, and I was totally stoked to see they were touring with Oberst. But then they never made it to the west coast, which was a major bummer.


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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2014, 07:51:30 PM »
Mike Errico has shared the stage with Guster. In 2013, Errico was a lecturing professor at Yale University, teaching a course he created entitled “The Art and Business of Songwriting.” Guest speakers included Ryan Miller (Guster). Mike wrote the theme song for pop up video. If you like Singer/songwriter/Folk/alternitive then you will like Mike Errico. He used to work for a major music magazine and interview people like Dave Grohl. 

I also saw Guster open up for the BNL . I was so impressed with the percussion. He played the bongos so fast and made it sound like the drums. My hands hurt just thinking about it. You know how rock stars have demands and crazy request like only red m&m's. Well to be funny Gusters drummer said that he must have kosher food backstage at every show.  All 3 members of Guster are Jewish.
One for sorrow Two for joy

In the evenings on Long Island
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FOLK THE SYSTEM

I\'m a Russian Jew American

Joba rules

See Shiri Appleby in Chicago Fire on NBC this fall and on HBO's Girls this Jan.

http://www.yarnmusic.net

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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2014, 10:43:20 PM »
I used to work at the Jewish Student Center at the University of Arizona. Guster played a free show there, and I brought something like 50 of my students. Because I brought so many people, I ended up getting backstage passes to go talk to the band after the show. As I was telling them about all the people I'd brought, Ryan disappeared and then came back with a poster. They signed it, "Thanks for bringing all the Jews." It still hangs in the Jewish Student Center.

I also got a picture of myself with Bongo Brian picking his nose. So, a pretty great night.

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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2014, 12:55:44 AM »
That's an awesome story. I wish I had story's like that. I can't wait to pick up the new album. I've done a lot kicksstarter music things. Do you still work there? Being Jewish I felt like I was part if some secret club or had this special connection because Guster was members of the tribe. I wish I got some cool autographed posters from bands. Guster has changed their sound over the years.


Another band that effected me like the Crows was the Josh Joplin Group. I'll never forget the time I was driving in my car back in 2001 and heard the song Camera One for the 1st time. I pulled over and wrote down the name of the song. As soon as the album came out I bought it. That song just painted this picture in my head. The album that features Camera One was called Useful Music and it was really good. The opening track had these church singers that came in mid way through the song during the chorus that had me completely sold. When they came in I knew this album was going to be good. Each song grabbed me. Here is the Amazon review and a link to stream the album for free. I just listened to this album for the 1st time in forever and it's a great album. The closing song is a little bid sad but it has such pretty piano on it. 


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The Josh Joplin Group coast the vertical horizon of adult alternative on their debut album. Backed by a full rhythm section, singer and storyteller Josh Joplin weaves words with a wistful whine that invokes the
Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, Michael Penn, and a less shiny happy Michael Stipe. Joplin looks at life through gray-colored glasses, unloading the burdens of existence one moment and forgiving others for the weights they carry the next. Whether the topic is the two-tiered emotional facade of Tinseltown on "Camera One," the homesick melancholy of "Who's Afraid of Thomas Wolfe," or the admission that life will always have its pitfalls on "Gravity," Joplin unveils a somber, introspective worldview against a jangly pop that keeps the musical vibe light even as the emotions get heavy. --Jennifer Maerz

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Useful+Music/263402
« Last Edit: August 04, 2014, 03:50:19 PM by earlbny »
One for sorrow Two for joy

In the evenings on Long Island
When the colors start to fade

FOLK THE SYSTEM

I\'m a Russian Jew American

Joba rules

See Shiri Appleby in Chicago Fire on NBC this fall and on HBO's Girls this Jan.

http://www.yarnmusic.net

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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2014, 12:02:18 AM »
I don't work there anymore. Moved back to California, went back to grad school, got out of non-profits. I still keep in touch with a few people who do, however, and have been assured that they will not be taking the poster down. They even moved it to the new building they opened last year.

I'll check out The Josh Joplin Group when I can stop listening to the Guardians of the Galaxy soudtrack . . .

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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2014, 12:40:52 AM »
Oh cool. Thanks for the info. I am glad the poster is still up. I want to visit California someday. It's on my bucket list. I checked out that soundtrack and it looks good. Classic songs everyone has heard of. Josh Jplin is a huge fan of Phil Ochs. Anyone that's a fan of Phil Ochs is cool in my book. 

I am sure I mentioned this before but I can't stop listening to Jackie Greene. He's an Americana artist who can play every instrument and has released about 8 solo albums and is about to release an album with his new super group Trigger Hippy. Jackie is only 33 soon to be 34 and gets compaired to Bob Dylan. Folk, Rock, Soul, Blues and whatever wlse he feels like playing. He's also played with lots of greats including The Black Crowes and Bob Weir just to name a few. I picked up an early copy of Trigger Hippy's debut album when I saw them in concert and boy is it good. It's mixes rock and soul without the filler. One minute they sound like Zeppelin the next they sound like the Band. It's a new band with an old school through back sound.. This is what I found on Amazon.com about Trigger Hippy.


'You can see this as a player's band, explains co-founder Steve Gorman, who also co-founded The Black Crowes, 'but it really is a band, in the true sense of that word.' Vocals are shared by multi-platinum singer Joan Osborne and veteran recording artist Jackie Greene. Rounding out the band are lead guitarist Tom Bukovac and bassist Nick Govrik, who wrote many of the band's songs. The Nashville-based quintet's debut album on Rounder Records draws on the strengths of all five, both individually and collectively, and showcases influences and inspiration from Memphis soul to rock, country and blues. One can sense The Band here, and Little Feat, some Led Zeppelin, and a tent revival; a full palette. Gorman rightly calls it a 'rock band that can jam.'

You can stream all of Jackie Greene's solo album for free at the link below. Enjoy the tunes.

http://triggerhippy.net/

http://www.jackiegreene.com/music/
One for sorrow Two for joy

In the evenings on Long Island
When the colors start to fade

FOLK THE SYSTEM

I\'m a Russian Jew American

Joba rules

See Shiri Appleby in Chicago Fire on NBC this fall and on HBO's Girls this Jan.

http://www.yarnmusic.net

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Re: Bands That Affect You Like Counting Crows
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2014, 03:26:33 AM »
Can't believe no one else has mentioned The National ... one of the few American bands that can match Counting Crows in emotional power.  Check their song "Pink Rabbits" below.  Their last three albums are epics (Boxer, High Violet, Trouble Will Find Me).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPysocNOSkI

 

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