Music... Bands that move you

Which bands, songs, musicians move you on a spiritual / emotional level?

Having a massive eclectic taste ranging from bubble gum pop to suicidal black metal … who really moves you?

Saw Swans Friday night in St. Louis… never felt, heard, witnessed something so hideous, loud, cruel, beautiful. Loudest show ever and I’ve seen a who’s who of bands.

Heilung is surreal to see in person

When I was a kid, I stole one of those sample cd’s from an AP Press magazine from a grocery store. It had a Stabbing Westward song, “Save Yourself,” and they’ve been one of my favorite bands since then.

But then they broke up and did different projects. Most of them sucked. Thought I had lost my chance to see them.

Then earlier this month, I heard on the radio that there was going to be a Stabbing Westward concert in my city! Holy shit, fanboy mode activated!

Awesome show, I listened to Darkest Days on repeat pretty much forever, so being able to see them when I thought it would never happen was emotional.

Plus I got some sweet merchandise and autographs.

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B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Arthur Crudup, Howlin Wolf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison

love the oldies and blues


ever see any of them live ??

Awesome story… I remember getting Mad Season on CD at a senior party. Brilliant record

Shakti, Mahavishnu Orchestra, pretty much anything with John McLaughlin.


No…almost saw BB King when I was in memphis about 30 years ago…i was sooooo mad, missed him by one night

JJ Cale, BB King, some of the newer Americana (too many names to list), Pantera, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Nonpoint, Keb Mo

Johnny Cash seems like an obvious answer, but for good reason.

One of my father-in-laws ex wives (he has five, lol) is the daughter of Bill Dees, they were estranged though.

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Saw the mighty Priest last weekend. Killed it

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Jealous. They are still kicking ass in their 70s

Halford still hits the high notes… Faulkner shreds. I was about 50 feet from the stage. Sabaton opened.

Another story - my parents were strict Christians, mom was a church organist, so hyms were really all we were allowed to listen to as kids, but it installed an appreciation and interest in music.

Fast forward a few years and I get high with a buddy of mine and listened to Black Sabbath “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” and Led Zeppelin “When the levee breaks.”

That felt life changing. I still listen to them.


Two juggernauts in music history. The Rover by Zepp… goat rif

And anything Sabbath \m/

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I’m pretty sure those two bands fucked and gave birth to every metal genre.

@Brant_Drake, it was a three some with Deep Purple.

There are so many bands that move me but I’ll stick with just the two because they probably won’t get namedropped otherwise;

Rush because some of the musicianship from the power-trio is as eargasming as anything else in rock music. Pair that with lyrics that outside of the obscure proggy stuff, are so earnest and real. You can see why the fanbase are so loyal as it connects differently to what most bands sing about. I understand some people don’t get along with Geddys voice, or see them as too nerdy. I always frickin’ dug it though.

And Radiohead. I went and named two bands that have as many haters as they do adorers. Beyond their influence and constant change of direction, I simply don’t think another band captures different emotions as well as Radiohead have done. I get that people call them depressing and all this kind of stuff but feel that music for all moods is vital. It’s no surprise that they are so commonly used in media to really sell a moment because they create vibes that simply no other bands will. They hit a whole bunch of moods in such a complex way, with a ridiculous amount of talent.

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I’d pay all the money to see that show.

All the silly sub genres now… give me Van Halen or give me head