A while back, I solicited input on what bands a lover of classic rock should be listening to from the last 10 years. I got about 40 responses. Here are some of the more popular recommendations:
First, several people suggested Pandora.com, an internet radio station that will play music based on songs or bands you like. I have used Pandora for a while and really like it. I have found a number of albums I really love from this source. For example: Frank Zappa's "Shut up and play yer guitar" series of live guitar solos. RadioParadise.com also had a number of supporters, and I am running it right now as I type. It streams a fairly eclectic mix of old and new music.
Several bands / albums got multiple votes. Those included:
Corrosion of Conformity
Queens of the Stone Age
I will try a selection and let folks know.
Lot's of support for the most recent Rush efforts, which I already own and enjoy. Ditto Stone Temple Pilots and the Black Crowes, though I am not sure their best work quite clears the 10-year-old hurdle. Someone suggested Days of the New -- I own their first album and really enjoy it (acoustic grunge?). I also own and enjoy both "Burning for Buddy" CDs that several folks recommended, if you are looking for something jazzier.
Lots more recommendations I will check out over time in the comments here.
Update: I asked my college roommate and CATO-ite Brink Lindsey the same question, because I know from several years of living in a confined space that he shared many of my musical tastes. He writes:
From the mid 90s to the present, my favorite albums are:
Kula Shaker, K
The Offspring, Smash
Audioslave, Audioslave (this one's actually from after 2000!)
Kid Rock, Devil Without a Cause (yeh, it's rap but it rocks)
Green Day, Dookie
Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory (from 2000!)
Going back to the early 90s, Metallica's black album, Blind Melon's
self-titled album, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik, U2's
Achtung Baby, Nirvana's Nevermind and Unplugged, and Pearljam's 10 and
Vs. are all favorites.
None of this will allow you to claim you have current musical tastes.
Among current rock bands that I know of, I like the White Stripes. But
that's about all I know.
Soundgarden / Metallica / Nirvana / Pearl Jam sort of represent the new end of my music collection, beyond which I am attempting to fill in the white space.