Features > 10 To Watch in 2005 Redux
• Antigone Rising

   We first heard these ladies at a benefit show in Philadelphia with members of .moe, Rusted Root, and the Dead and have been keeping an eye on them ever since. They were one of the buzz bands at last year's SXSW festival and have their major label debut ready to roll out in early 2005. It is one we definitely can not wait for as these ladies definitely rock.
   VERDICT:Their album was a joint release with Starbucks and achieved a great deal of success. With a very successful slot opening for Rob Thomas, and a few dates opening for the Rolling Stones, it is safe to say that we nailed this one.
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• Audioslave

   This is the band that restarted the idea of the supergroup. No longer are Audioslave Chris Cornel of Soundgarden and the guys from Rage Against the Machine. Their stellar debut disc and live show established Audioslave as their own band. They have been recording their follow-up with legend Rick Rubin and it should be interesting to see where the band has gelled in new ways. Also it should be interesting to see if Audioslave is more likely to acknowledge their roots live and play some of their historic songs from previous bands like Velvet Revolver.
   VERDICT:Their album was a huge hit as was their tour of North America, as well as Cuba. Few had bigger years.
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• Coldplay

   One of the bands that were holding the crown for u2 while they were recording was Coldplay. With a new baby, lead singer Chris Martin has had some time to reflect and according to reports, fatherhood is a big theme of their new record set to drop in early 2005. It should be interesting to watch u2 and Coldplay battle on the charts and radio throughout the year.
   VERDICT:Their album was a huge hit as was their tour of North America & the world. Cemented their place as a huge power in music.
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• Foo Fighters

   Dave Grohl has proven to be much stronger than his Nirvana legacy. The Foos will be back in 2005 with not one, but two CDs rumored to be a double disc; one disc showcasing their harder side, while the other will showcase their acoustic side. If anyone can pull this off, no doubt Dave Grohl and company can.
   VERDICT:Have never rocked harder. Their album was a success and the rock disc was some of the best they have ever done. A coheadling tour with Weezer had fans begging for more.
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• Grammy buzz?

   Every year someone leaves the Grammy awards with all the buzz on them and just blow up. Last year Outkast, Prince, and Robert Randolph all benefited from either Grammy wins or performances to just blow up or state they are a force. So who will it be this year? Expect the late Ray Charles to earn a handful of awards but Las Vegas rockers The Killers should be able to parlay the 3 nominations into a big 2005.
   VERDICT:The Killers definitely had a huge 2005 and look to drop a second disc in 2006. Ray Charles definitely won big, getting the main awards, and turned even more into a legend.
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• Motley Crue, Duran Duran, Queen, Panic Channel

   2005 looks to be the year of the reunion or reformation as some big names in rock are hitting the road again. The original lineups of Motley Crue and Duran Duran both have extensive tour plans for 2005 and should be interesting to see if both make it through a full tour. Legendary rockers Queen, well guitarist Brian may and drummer Roger Taylor are hitting the European roads with Paul Rogers to play songs from each of their catalog, which should make for an interesting show. Former Jane's Addiction members meanwhile have enlisted former MTV VJ Steve Isaacs to front their new band the Panic Channel. Currently recording their debut CD, it should make for an interesting listen, and by interesting listen we do not mean bad since Isaacs does have an incredible voice.
   VERDICT:Motley Crue has such an impressive year and a huge tour. They have turned their infamy into a lot of money. Queen + Paul Rogers sold out all over Europe and come stateside in early 2006. Duran Duran never seemed to get the buzz, and was quickly overshadowed by the return of INXS with new lead singer JD Fortune. The Panic Chanel's debut CD is in the mastering stages and should drop in early 2006.
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• O.A.R.

   These rockers have truly taken a page out of the Dave Matthews Band How-To book. They released a great disc in 2003, In Between Now and Then, and hit the road for the next two years straight. In the meantime, they released a follow-up live CD, 34th & 8th, from the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Now they are back in the studio writing and hitting the touches on their next studio CD set to drop mid-2005. Of course they will be hitting the road in between trying out these new tracks.
   VERDICT:HUGE HUGE year. We have seen them go from small clubs to clubs to amphitheaters to arenas and now to playing the grand daddy of them all, headlining Madison Square Garden. This shooting star doesn't seem ready to fade any time soon.
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• Radiohead

   Rumors are abounding that 2005 will also bring a new Radiohead disc, which we will bring you as soon as we have word either way. Thom York and company will be heard from though. as York and Jonny Greenwood will form part of The London Sinfonietta @ the London Royal Festival Hall on March 27 - 28. Organizers say the events will feature "two evenings of experimentation, collaboration and cross-genre juxtaposition". New music from Greenwood and Yorke will form part of the show, along with more classical composers and traditional Arabic song.
   VERDICT:The rumors turned out to be false. The band is still recording and 2006 looks to be the return of Radiohead.
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• u2

   The biggest band in the world is set to hit the road in 2005 with at least 40 dates set to be announced within the next month or so. With the great How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb already on the shelves, and number 4 on our Best of 2004 list, you will be hearing from these legends all year. Rumors have the Scissor Sisters & Snow Patrol being lined up as openers, like u2 needs an opener but damn are they some good ones. Also don't forget to check them out when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March. I can't think of any band inducted that was inducted at the height of their game, like these Dublin rockers are.
   VERDICT:Monster tour. Having conquered North America multiple times over, the Vertigo tour rolls through Europe in 2006.
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• Unwritten Law

   They burst onto the scene with "Seein Red" in 2002 and have been road warriors ever since. Now their follow up, Here's To The Mourning, is set to drop in early February. The first single "Save Me" is already climbing the rock charts and has been the #2 most-added track at alternative radio for two weeks running. Expect Unwritten Law to be all over the radio and country in '05.
   VERDICT:A bust..."Save Me" had moderate success but radio never took to the Law in '05.
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• Chinese Democracy

   Ha ha, we know we can't help ourselves. One would have to think that being beaten to the punch by his old bandmates in Velvet Revolver would light a fire under Axl and get this long awaited CD out on the shelves. But then again it has only been about 10 years, what’s another couple?
   VERDICT:What do you think?
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