RBF and the BossToneS were the two bands that got me into ska music during the mid 90’s. I found out about my favorite (little known NYC) band Pilfers because of songs like “Sellout” and "The Impression that I get."
I saw Pilfers open up for RBF and said to my girlfriend at the time, “never heard of Pilfers before, but as of right now, they are my favorite band.”
Little known openers I’ve seen:
Dropkick Murphy’s in 1997 opening for The Mighty Mighty BossToneS ($15)
Staind and Incubus opening for Limp Bizkit in 1998 ($14)
Korn and Marilyn Manson opening for Danzig in 1995 ($19.50)
Breaking Benjamin (when they were basically a cover band) opening for Clutch in 2001 ($12)
Norah Jones opening for DMB in 2002 (sorta pricey)
I used to be that guy saying I-saw-these-bands-before-anyone-ever-heard-of-them-but-they-soldout-and-they-are-no-longer-cool. Now I’m saying I saw these bands when ticket prices were so damn cheap. Tickets to see Clutch (not a big name) are approaching $40 now. Dammit.
Google Play Music radio station. Was listening to Unleash the Archers Radio and heard Triosphere. Unleash the Archers I found because of YouTube, just sort of clicked on the video (Tonight We Ride) because the band name is cool and Britt is cute. Turned out I loved them.
Crazy Taxi during the PS2 / Gamecube days got me listening more to The Offspring and Bad Religion. Even though there were only five songs combined between both bands on the game, the soundtrack was awesome.
Song that was broadcast over the speaker in the cafeteria at work during lunch. I really enjoyed it a lot, so I SoundHounded it and have been a fan of the band every since. Even got to see them in concert recently.
Spotify’s Discovery Weekly playlist. I swear by this thing. Or, I did, until I listened to nothing but the Discovery Weekly playlist, and then its recommendations ate themselves. For those first several iterations, though, it was amazing.
(I hadn’t had much luck with Apple Music recommendations, back when I used that service. I’m avoiding Google like the surveillance plague that it is.)
@InnocuousFarmer If you haven’t gotten rid of Spotify yet, they’ve added a new “Your Daily Mix” setting which groups some similar artists you’ve liked into groups and adds new stuff, like a hybrid between their artist radio and Discover Weekly.
Depending on what is meant by “really liked”, it was either heard about from a friend/family member, or got to it through YouTube’s “related videos” somehow. The most recent YouTube one was probably something by a band called Sad Alice Said, who I like a decent amount but haven’t heard much from. But the most recent one I really really really like was probably Oh Wonder.
At an art museum in Chicago, I passed a room that was playing a 30 minute video in a continuous loop. I usually ignore those art films, as they tend to mystify/bore me, but this one drew me in with its music. I sat through Desniansky Raion twice, and have had Koudlam’s music on my Sansa ever since.
The AM station that I listen to baseball on has a pretty fascinating eclectic selection of music most other times. Granted, a lot of it is really bad disco remixes, but unknown gems pop up rather consistently.
@katylava This used to be my calling card. People who wanted new music to listen to would come to me and check out my collection and my recommendations. 1998-2006 was prime “Chad is Spotify” time. Now, I don’t even know what good music is.
Discover Weekly on Spotify is where I find most of the new music that I need more of. Unfortunately, most of the new-to-me music I end up falling in love with is from bands that haven’t recorded anything new in at least 10 years
the first season of luke cage, most notably jidenna.
but also? from watching people on twitch. (we watch via xbox but you can also just straight up watch online.) basically people streaming themselves playing video games but now there’s all kinds of categories so you can watch people cooking, working, crafting, eating, you name it. (…okay, well, pg13 you name it anyway.) they’re usually all streaming music at some point. (and some stream music exclusively - there’s one guy that just has a bunch of different puppets lip-syncing various songs.)
I don’t remember which one was the most recent, but it was either Temples, which was recommended by a random person on the Meh forums, or one of the others in my trial list that was a recommendation from Spotify based on my playlists.
I get a lot of my favorite music from movies and tv shows, often covers of old songs I already love. Notably Far from any Road by the Handsome Family (the theme song from True Detectives), You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive by Darrell Scott (Justified) and Mourning Ritual’s badass cover of Bad Moon Rising (I first heard it on Teen Wolf but it’s since been used elsewhere including a Walking Dead Trailer) linked below. But the most recent song I added to my playlist was one posted here on Meh, Disturbd’s version of the Sound of Silence.
I remember finally listening to Imagine Dragons a year after Night Visions came out (Fall 2013). Up to that point I had only heard Radioactive and wasn’t impressed. At some point my sister or my friend (I don’t remember which) was listening to the whole album and I heard other songs on it and really enjoyed them. I then listened to the album on repeat for several months straight.