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Bands That Should Be Bigger

Clockwise from top: Seryn, Sam Phillips, Adam Arcuragi, Michael Benjamin Lerner of the band Telekinesis.

Clockwise from top: Seryn, Sam Phillips, Adam Arcuragi, Michael Benjamin Lerner of the band Telekinesis. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The halls of music history are littered with bands that should have made it big, but never did. Maybe they put out a couple of amazing records and you feel like you're the only person on the planet who appreciated them. Or maybe they're still trying, and you're holding out hope, along with the band, that that big break will finally come.

We recently asked listeners to tell us their picks for bands that should be way bigger than they are and we were surprised by how many we didn't know. On this edition of All Songs Considered we share some of the discoveries we made, along with some of our own candidates for bands that should be bigger.

Artists Featured On The Show

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Telekinesis

  • Artist: Telekinesis
  • Album: Telekinesis!
  • Song: Imaginary Friend

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Imaginary Friend
Album
Telekinesis!
Artist
Telekinesis
Label
Merge
Released
2009

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Seryn

  • Artist: Seryn
  • Album: This Is Where We Are
  • Song: We Will All Be Changed

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Adam Arcuragi

  • Artist: Adam Arcuragi
  • Album: Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It...
  • Song: Oh I See

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Oh I See
Album
Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It...
Artist
Adam Arcuragi
Label
The Moon Recording Company
Released
2012

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Sam Phillips

  • Artist: Sam Phillips
  • Album: Don't Do Anything
  • Song: No Explanations

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No Explanations
Album
Don't Do Anything
Artist
Sam Phillips
Label
Nonesuch
Released
2008

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Urban Verbs

  • Artist: Urban Verbs
  • Album: Urban Verbs
  • Song: Subways

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Subways
Album
Urban Verbs
Artist
Urban Verbs
Label
Wounded Bird
Released
1980

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Grass Giraffes

  • Artist: Grass Giraffes
  • Album: Transportation EP
  • Song: Backstories

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