Best Bands from Illinois Bands/Musicians
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Best Bands from Illinois

Chicago bands and Illinois bands in general. As a native Chicagoan who went to school in Champaign, i feel entitled to weigh in on this matter. That said, i'm probably missing the boat on some less prominent Chicago bands of the late nineties and "oughts".

One side note to this list - for the most part, i have a thing where i can tell by a band name if i WON"T like a band, it's about 95% accurate for bands that have albums out, and probably even more for all bands. the two times in my life where i have been most wrong about band names happened when i was still living in Illinois back in 1991. I saw a band whose name i hated but who had some local buzz at the Lounge Ax - they were called the Vulgar Boatmen. As predicted, they totally weren't for me. So, having broken my rule and gone out to see a band with a horrible name, i decided i wasn't going to get burned twice. The next two young bands i blew off, for "lame band name reasons" were called Uncle Tupelo and the Smashing Pumpkins.

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave Cheap Trick !

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    Punk rock, Post-hardcore, Hardcore punk

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    Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop

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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal Yes, Styx has spit out quite a bit of garbage over the years, but "the hits" and "the almost hit album tracks" add up. i would even go see an original Styx reunion, but i think 2

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    Punk rock

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    Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge

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    Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock Would probably rank a bit higher but I never saw live...

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    Jazz, Post-rock, Indie rock

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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock without a shred of doubt, the Best Band Ever from Aurora!

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock see my comment about Styx and multiply it X5 or so. REO defined cheesy AOR in the 70s, but they did have a couple of classic FM tracks in the mix, particularly "Golden Country" and

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music

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