OT: Most underrated/unknown or favorite new album?

Submitted by Jehu the Damaja on June 1st, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Being the offseason, I know board material is a little lacking and there isn't always a lot to talk about. I love listenening to some of the old favorites, but at some point everyone wants something new. I honeslty can't say I know a ton of new artists, but I am open to pretty much any genre. Any help finding some new artists/songs/albums to check out from my MGoBrethren? Any albums you feel are underrated or some unkowns you feel other people should check out? And my personal "Most Underrated" albums go to

Saigon-'The Greatest Story Never Told'

Sean Price-'Jesus Price Superstar'

Common-'Like Water for Chocolate'

AZ-'Doe or Die'

Thrice-'The Illusion of Safety'

Minus the Bear-"Menos El Oso' 

And my favorite unknown is Elzhi-"Elmatic". A remake of Nas 'Illmatic' from Detroit's best rapper. 

I dont have any current favorites, so help an MGoBrother out.


swan flu

June 1st, 2013 at 4:28 PM ^

Of newish artists I would say:

Dan Auerbach-Keep it Hid. Auerbach is the frontman of The Black Keys, this album is significantly slower than most Black Keys stuff. It is phenomenal.

Jose Gonzalez- Veneer. Crazy good guitarist. Argentinian descent, Swedish born and raised. Folky and great.

The XX- The XX ... IMO the best debut album of the past 15 years. (This one isnt really underrated, but if you haven't heard it, to listen to it now)

Atmosphere- God Loves Ugly. Also not sure if its underrated, but It's a great album. And from your selection of albums I assume you will love them, if you aren't already familiar with them.

PA Baller

June 1st, 2013 at 4:33 PM ^

Grieves is a fabulous underground rapper. I promise listen to his stuff, he won't disappoint you. My favorite song personally is either light speed or irreversible.


June 1st, 2013 at 4:35 PM ^

I'm a Coheed and Cambria fanboy, so I'll throw their 2 newest albums in the ring:


Afterman: Descension

They offer great variety within each album, but still have flairs of that traditional Coheed sound.


June 1st, 2013 at 4:42 PM ^

I have fairly eclectic music tastes, but I trend more towards indie-rock.  Some of my current favorites are:

  • Broken Bells: Broken Bells 
  • Sufjan Stevens: Illinois and Michigan are both great albums
  • Dale Earnhard Jr. Jr.'s new album It's a Corporate World is worth a definitely listen.
  • Alt-J: An Awesome Wave

Favorite albums of all time for me is a tie between

  • Sgt. Peppers by the Beatles. Not to bold of a choice, but a great/revolutionary album
  • My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye.  Kanye might be a douche, but he can make really really good music.

Space Coyote

June 1st, 2013 at 4:59 PM ^

Big fan of Royce. I like Bar Exam 1 out of the Bar Exam mixtapes.

I was going to put for underrated:

Royce da 5'9 - Death is Certain

Hootie & the Blowfish - Looking for Lucky

Also, Elmatic is damn good, I'd check it out if you're a fan of Royce. Elzhi, also from Detroit, does a lot of work with him. Every time they've worked together it's been on point.



June 1st, 2013 at 4:50 PM ^

The Appleseed Cast's new album "Illumination Ritual" is amazing. 

Edit: Also, "Hurry up, we're dreaming" by M83 may be my favorite album released in the last 5 years. 


June 1st, 2013 at 4:48 PM ^

I wouldn't say they're underrated, but CHON is a purely instrumental group that is finally releasing a full album. After years of fans having to live off of their home-produced EP that they put on youtube, the new material sounds just as good as the old stuff. You may like this band if you enjoy:

Fall of Troy

Animals as Leaders


June 1st, 2013 at 5:01 PM ^

I'm a big fan of Silence Yourself by Savages.  I know it has been hyped a lot, but I think in this case the hype is well deserved.  If you like great post-punk pick it up.

Brown Bear

June 1st, 2013 at 5:04 PM ^

Underrated but great and pretty much any of their albums are great.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Cub

New fairly unknown
Kurt Vile-Walking on a Pretty Daze. Great album.


June 1st, 2013 at 5:04 PM ^

I'm a big fan of chance the rappers new mix tape 'acid rap.' I'm not sure how highly rated it is so cant say if over or under rated but I think it's tremendous


June 1st, 2013 at 5:09 PM ^

For the MGoHeadbangers: The Black Dahlia Murder and The Devil Wears Prada

Alkaline Trio and The Used are good alternative rock/punk bands