best artists in the last 15 years

I am wanting to focus on the newest and up coming artists. Specifically rock,folk and jazz or a mix of them. Who is most likely the most talented, best written and produced
I vote for John Mayer.
That's a lot of territory to cover -- You're going back to 1993. You might be more specific about who you like from before 1993 and then we could recommend similar artists.

In jazz, I think there are the biggies: Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride,
Dream Theater, Tool, Drive-by-Truckers, Radiohead
I second Wilco. I also really dig the Shins.
Steve Earle
Lucinda Williams
Alejandro Escovedo
1.Air-The French Band Every Album A Masterpiece.
2.Porcupine Tree Only 12 of their albums are Great!
3.Gov't Mule Beta Band,Flaming Lips and Radiohead are very Good !

And in Prog Rock "ANGLAGARD" with a Bullet !

Search the Forum here and AA for in depth Info on Air and PT and their various era's

Feed your Head,JD
Dave Mathews, Ben Harper and Derek Trucks.
Basia, the late Eva Cassidy, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Martin Nievera, Kuh Ledesma, and Regine Velasquez....the last three from the Philippines
Jennie Devo (rock) is special.
Beth Hart, Gov't Mule, Hans Theesink and Josee Deschenes. For a source of new music check out Thousands of Bands representing all genres of music.
Red Hot Chili Peppers

and for the greatest rock band of all time.... Tenacious D.
Hands down, Radiohead. Second, Tom Waits. Third, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Concerning the former, don't know of a veteran group that peaked, i.e. put out three straight hit albums, so late in their career.
Ida and His Name Is Alive are two very goods bands which are alternative/folk/rock music (you get the idea)

however they have been around several years
Jolie Holland saw her live a few times.Rooted in tradition and forging ahead."One foot on the platform,and the other foot on the train".
eva cassidy, without doubt. Wish she was still with us. Voice of an angel. God rest her soul.
lucinda williams,steve earle,black crowes,drive by truckers,ryan adams,eric johnson
1. gillian welch/david rawlings
2. lucinda williams
3. james carter
By far the Tindersticks first then Sufjan Stevens, Phil Roy, Neko Case, Ben Folds, and undeniably Ryan Adams.

Other greats are Kim Richey, Jack Johnson, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, The Decemberists, and Death Cab For Cutie.

So sad to see the emotionless audiofidels like Diana Krall mentioned. Oh Elvis, what have you done?

Ryan Adams
The White Stripes
And Bright Eyes!
Pretty lame wonder music sales are way down. How many of these artist will anyone remember in 20 years?
Red Hot Chili Peppers

(I'm going to get it for this comment, but I like their new stuff better.. Californication & Stadium Arcadium)


Beck kicks ass, definitely innovative. Especially Odelay and Sea Changes:

Amy Winehouse

Cat Power

cat power, cross bones style


Greyboy Allstars




RL Burnside

Guru Jazzmatazz

Beastie Boys

and of course... METALLICA..

I'll have to check out Wilco and Ryan Adams.
I'll take exception to your slam on Diana Krall. I loved the music first. In fact, I take some pride that while I was searching for my first pair of high-end speakers in LA back in 1997 or so, more often than not when I'd play the Diana Krall the staff would ask me who she was, and upon further visits I often found that they had bought the same CD that I had brought in...

So, at least in my case, I think I helped Diana Krall become an audiophile favorite BECAUSE I LIKED THE MUSIC, not the other way around.

Besides, someone had to replace Jazz at the Pawnshop and that first Fourplay CD that everyone was demoing....
Brandi Carlyle- check out her CD "The Story"
Ryan Adams.Inconsistent but Brilliant.
Jeff Buckley. Sadly missed.
Great list, I've got alot of new stuff to listen to and decide what suits my taste. My favorite band is Dire Straits. Always liked Pink Floyd alot as well. I just bought Eva Cassidy's, Live at Blues Alley. I'm impressed. I've developed an appreciation for the craftmanship of good music rather than what is popular. All this came from reading an old book written in the 60's called " this is music". I'm expanding my tastes and trying to have an open mind. Just curious, but , when in music stores there is a segment labeled Gospel. Is there anything good in gospel music?
Elbow. Elbow. Elbow.

Did I mention Elbow?

Also check out Spoon. Great productions.

The Flaming Lips. (especially Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots)

The Thrills.

Ambulance LTD.

Robert Glasper...the freshest sound to hit jazz in ages.

Jose Gonzalez. I hesitate to call it folk, but I can't really think of anything else to describe his music.

Wilco, Spoon, Radiohead, Fiest, NIN, Modest Mouse, Ben Harper! And much much more
Add Jayhawks, Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, Alison Krauss.


PJ Harvey, Lucinda Williams, Drive-By Truckers, and Pavement

Jazz: James Carter


And then whomever....
I second (or is it 3rd) diana krall simply for bringing back jazz.
Prediction - Amy Winehouse will be gone and forgotten in under 5 years, as will many of the others mentioned above. There is a saying in the ancient Vedas of India - "Chewing the chewed."
Diana Krall-Jazz..You've got to be kidding...Saw her car commercial mentioning being a jazz muscian.What a joke........What about her makes her a Jazz musician?JD
She likes to sing, "Ray Brown, Ray Brown!" in concert?
Arp, Gospel? Yes, Fairfield Four. I am sure others to boot, but this is a great album.
Hamid Drake: drummer. Student of the late Ed Blackwell. Plays with William Parker a lot. Has done records with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, and Pharoah Sanders. Amazing.
I could list several, but because John Darnielle is underappreciated, I would point you all toward The Mountain Goats if you value great songwriting.
I really like Alberto Straetvius. Great tunesmith....
Rick Rubin`s 12 Songs from Neil Diamond.
JD: How about great neo-jazz piano player playing with an
old school great jazz enzemble? Is that better?

Bjork, Bjork, Bjork and Bjork
Honorable mention - radiohead
Libertines/babyshambles/anything else pete dougherty touches
1. Beck
2. Massive Attack
3. Zero 7
4. Guided By Voices
5. Radiohead
6. Andy McKee
7. Medeski Martin & Wood
8. Kruder & Dorfmeister
9. David Holmes
10. Koop
Honestly I come up empty when I compare the last 15 to the 20 before that. I listen to a lot of music and buy a lot of CDs - sure I've found some pretty good ones - but in context of my entire listening life since the late 60s - they just don't measure up. It doesn't even have to be substantive but how many times do I hear a new song that gives me the same thrill as, say, Summer Breeze, Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Just an Old Fasioned Love Song, Draw the Line, More than a Feeling, Point of No Return, Rikki Don't Lose that Number, In Every Dreamhome a Heartache, 20th Century Boy and so on. I haven't even touched the 80s. That just don't write 'em like that anymore. Ok I found Sufjan Stevens pretty good, Paul Weller's done a lot of good stuff in the last 15 years.
Wireless200, sounds to me like you're stuck in a musical rut. I have a solution for you. Go to and create your own music stations. Experiment a little, as there are a boatload of muscians out there making magnificent music that you'll never hear on the radio. If you step outside the box a whole new world will open up for you.
Uncle Tupelo (sadly defunct as of 1994). Many of the bands -- like some of those mentioned above -- owe a great deal to them. UT included Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt); in my estimation, their subsequent stuff has not been as inspiring.