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 More
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave More
    Cheap Trick !
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    Punk rock, Post-hardcore, Hardcore punk More
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    Doom metal, New Wave, Synthpop More
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    Hip hop music, Rock music, Pop rock More
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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    Yes, Styx has spit out quite a bit of garbage over the years, but "the hits" and ... more
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    Punk rock More
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    Noise rock, Rock music, Grunge More
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    Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock More
    Would probably rank a bit higher but I never saw live...
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    Jazz, Post-rock, Indie rock More
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    Doom metal, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
    without a shred of doubt, the Best Band Ever from Aurora!
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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Instrumental rock More
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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Post-grunge More
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    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock More
    see my comment about Styx and multiply it X5 or so. REO defined cheesy AOR in the 70s, but ... more
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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music More
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    Noise rock, Industrial rock, Industrial music More

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