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Taking sides: Who are the arena rockers of tomorrow?

stTitusAndronicusweb187.jpgTitus Andronicus played at St. Stephens Church in April. Could they be playing Merriweather in years to come? (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Today, Arcade Fire is at the top of the charts. Last night, Green Day headlined to scores of fans at Jiffy Lube Live. We sigh. Seems like only yesterday (or yester-decade) that both acts were scrappy little rock bands with stadium-sized dreams.

But who are the arena rockers of tomorrow? Click Track's contributors mulled it over in our weekly Taking sides post. Read our picks after the jump and nominate your own future-arena-rockers in the comments.

Allison Stewart: I could see the Gaslight Anthem getting to the arena someday. I'm not saying I'd wish that for them -- I don't think anybody in their right mind would wish that on anybody -- but they have the goods, for sure. The, uh, anthemic songs, the work ethic, the willingness to steal (in the best possible way) from elders like Springsteen and U2. It's like they're an arena band already, but nobody's noticed yet.

Chris Richards: My pick also hails from the great state of New Jersey and wears its Springsteen influences like a teenager doused in too much cologne on his first date: Titus Andronicus. These days, they're releasing brainy concept albums about the Civil War. In future days, they'll have gotten their high-minded ya-yas out and will be rocking 20,000 faces at once.

David Malitz: I'm going to cheat and recycle something I already wrote by nominating We Were Promised Jetpacks. Everything's there for them: They have a soaring sound, they have a babyfaced lead singer, and they're incredibly young. When I saw them last year, people sang along with every word -- (the ones who didn't were too busy intensely staring at singer Adam Thompson.) My darkhorse pick is Deerhunter, who keep getting more popular even as they continue to make weird, woozy music. Singer Bradford Cox has a bit of cult of personality going and I get faint Smashing Pumpkins-vibe from them. Both of these bands have (or will develop) a sound big enough for arenas, but WWPJ are a bit more likely to get there at this point.

By Click Track  |  August 12, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Gaslight Anthem, Green Day, Titus Andronicus, We Were Promised Jetpacks  
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If only Gaslight Anthem were as good as everyone wishes they were. Sad truth is that there's really nothing unique or especially creative about Gaslight Anthem's music.

Posted by: tylerjeffries | August 12, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Agree with tylerjeffries. I get second-hand embarrassment when I listen to the Gaslight Anthem. Stealing from your elders is a long-standing tradition in rock music, but they don't do it very well.

Posted by: dkp01 | August 13, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I would go to a Jetpacks, Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbits arena tour. The singer from Jetpacks already sings to be the backrows, and I can imagine him getting huge singalongs going.

I dunno about Deerhunter. Bradford has already toured with Stereolab and Broadcast, which I would imagine are bigger career highlights for him than playing an arena would be.

Titus are certainly in the top five live bands around right now, but it's tough to imagine anyone with a Crass tattoo filling Merriweather. But it would be awesome if that happeend.

I remember seeing DFA1979 opening for NIN/Queens and to see the duo fill Verizon Center with that much sound makes me wish they hadn't broken up. I really think they could have gotten close to a White Stripes level of popularity.

Posted by: M__N | August 13, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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