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Bands That Should Be Bigger

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

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

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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

For more on this album, visit the artist's website.

 
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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

For more on this album, visit the artist's website.

 

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