Take for instance, the band Killswitch Engage. My little Wilco-loving ears aren't accustomed to the harsh sounds of metal mayhem. But I can appreciate them for what they are, and for the talent they welcome into their own genre, if only for the sake of my friend Lee Harris who listens to them constantly.
Also, I've recently explored the genre of DubStep, which seems to be growing in popularity among college students. I got a birthday mix from my dear friend Michael Scheel that, in the company of MIA and songs from The Life Aquatic soundtrack, featured some pretty sick beats. I don't know their names though since my birthday mix only has a picture of a birthday cake drawn on it.
I've also been exposed to many-a Americana bands because of my association with KNBT, and by association I mean employment. I remember I time I hated anything classified as "Texas Country" or the like, but now I can say I somewhat enjoy at least some of those bands. It's a limited list but it's a start.
So along with the 1,500 other goals I have for the year 2010, I want to tack on "find a new favorite band." I've had the same top 10 favorite bands for the last 6 years, and I'm now in search of something new and fresh and outside my comfort zone. I'm open to suggestions.