07:03 PM on 03/19/08
Goodbye Tiger: Who Do You Call Home
I think this is one of his best articles yet. He's hitting on something really important here; something I have also noticed about the state of music today. So many bands, intentionally or not, appeal to a certain subgroup (usually an age group) within the population. I find it incredibly rare that an adult likes a band that I, or someone else my age, likes.
Bands definitely need to stop being so exclusive and start being open. Does this mean more publicity, more interviews, more by-the-minute newsfeeds on their personal lives? More radio-friendly songs/albums? No, not at all. It means music that can span across the generation gap. Music that makes you feel like you are a part of the artist's experience. Whether it be musically or lyrically (subject matter), I feel very few bands achieve this today.
Edit: On a personal level, some of the modern bands off of my iPod that I could see an adult singing along to:
The Arcade Fire
Cold War Kids
Oasis (a little dated?)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The White Stripes