Rock isn’t dead: 15 up-and-coming rock bands and solo artists you should know

Swinging was never enough. All of these now classic bands had tunes to go along with their chops, charisma and volume. Most people like songs more than bands. And that’s exactly what any up-and-coming rock band will need to rock mainstream audiences again. Songs.

Obviously, new rock music is no longer a monoculture. In the era of TikTok, pop, rap and their subgenres rule. Thanks to biopics and Target-store t-shirt sales, classic rock has remained mainstream. Meanwhile, new rock & roll has moved dangerously close to the periphery of jazz. But there is still dynamic new rock & roll. You just have to search harder now.


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Back in 2018 when the height of mania/hate of Greta Van Fleet, I wanted to highlight other emerging groups that deserved attention. And did so in an article titled “15 Recent Rock Bands You Should Know Besides Greta Van Fleet.” These bands included: Joyous Wolf, The Damn Truth, Bishop Gunn, Classless ActStarcrawler, The Struts, Sheer Mag, Scorpion Child, White Reaper, Dorothy, dirty honeyTrue Villains, The Shelters, Power Trip and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.

These days, in addition to social media and publicists, I often get to know new bands through rock-themed podcasts. Some of these podcasts include The hook rocks, All Things Blues and Southern Rock Podcast, The Chuck Shute Podcast and Music Vibes with DC Hendrix.

Four years later, it was time to add to this list of new bands to know. Fifteen other rising artists. Maybe one of them will be your next new favorite band. At the very least, their music deserves to be heard by more people who love a good rock song.

Crown Lands

From: Oshawa, Ontario

The sound: Sword-and-sorcery bay in the middle of a forest of mathematical riffs.

Song to start: “White Buffalo”


Band Inc.

From: Boston

The sound: Enchantress vocals, high-cholesterol guitars and flowing rhythms.

Song to start: “Midnite Rider”


House of the Bourbons

From: Wisconsin

The Sound: Blues-rock that’s slinky and sexy instead of loud and cartoonish.

Song to start: “Too High to Care”


LA maybe

From: Charlotte, North Carolina

The sound: AC/DC creaks in the verses and 1989 “Dial MTV” hooks in the choruses.

Song to start: “Mr. Danger”


Naked gypsy queens

From: Nashville

The sound: Candelabra guitar ravers and high-intensity howls.

Song to start: “Georgiana”


Stuffed toy

From: New York State

The sound: Valkyrie’s voice above a modern, melodious thump.

Song to start: “Athena”


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Indigenous sons

From: Louisville, Kentucky

The sound: Dio’s descending vocal bravado and Skid Row’s crunch.

Song to start: “Drama”


Ayron Jones

From: Seattle

The sound: Funky and powerful hard-rock.

Song to start: “Supercharged”



From: Nashville

The sound: Swampy bacchanalia and wah-wah.

Song to start: “Fruit on the Vine”


The Night Hawks of Quaker City

From: Fort Worth, TX

The Sound: Silky-voiced, dirty-fingered boogie with hooks and melodies.

Song to start: “Suit in the Back”


53 judges

From: Huntsville, Alabama

The sound: Like an unreleased third album from Velvet Revolver.

Song to start: “Trix”


thunder mother

From: Stockholm, Sweden

The sound: Four badass women who played “Ace of Spades”, “Ride the Lightning” and “Back in Black”.

Song to start: “Driving in Style”


The cold looks

From: Evansville, Indiana

The sound: Soul voice, roadhouse grooves and metallic riffs.

Song to start: “Heavy Shoes”


dark moods

From: Tempe, Arizona

The Sound: Power-pop comes with arena-ready pow.

Song to start: “Saturday Night”


Jax Hollow

From: Nashville

The Sound: Bona fide Roots, puffed up rock zeal and a chip on the shoulder.

Song to start: “High Class Bitch”


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