Best known for "Kiss Me" and a song they didn't even write ("There She Goes"), 1990s hitmakers Sixpence None the Richer reformed in 2008 to release an alt-rock Christmas anthem, and just this week, they dropped 'Lost In Translation.' Hey, that would make a good name for a movie....
Alternative-yet-entirely-mainstream-rock outfit Lit dominated rock radio in 1999 with "My Own Worst Enemy" and "Zip-Lock." After recovering from the brain cancer death of drummer Allen Shellenberger in 2009, the group netted a new sticksman and released 'The View From the Bottom' earlier this summer.
The Boston-to-Los Angeles pop-punk outfit gained national attention in 2001 with "Flavor of the Weak," an ironic name for their signature song given that their last album failed to chart. They're currently working on their fifth LP.
"ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE!" Yep, they're still around. Despite embarking on an extensive "farewell tour," the German hard rock outfit changed their minds and decided to stay together. They're currently working on a 2013 album consisting of leftover material from their 1980s heyday, so you KNOW it's gonna be good.
Anyone alive during the late 1990s heard "Walkin' On the Sun" and "All Star" about 200 times apiece, but what have Smash Mouth been up to lately? Glad you asked! Lead singer Steve Harwell ate 24 eggs in 2011 to raise $15,000 for charity. Oh, and they have an album coming out in September called 'Magic.'
British prog-rock supergroup Asia are probably still making bank off those "Heat of the Moment" royalties, but they're still touring and recording. As a matter of fact, TWO Asias are around and kicking in 2012. The original lineup reformed in 2006 and just released the album 'XXX,' leaving the group's vocalist from 1991 to 2006, John Payne, to front a concurrently operating band called Asia Featuring John Payne. Which isn't confusing at all.
The Tennessee hard rock outfit that gave us "Shimmer," "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" and "Bad Day" (why is their day so bad? See the previous song title) around the turn of the century is currently at work on their first album in five years. Their last LP, 'Angels & Devils,' featured Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee on sticks.
One of the more hideously-named groups in rock history, Cali funk-metal outfit Hoobastank are still well-remembered for their hits "Crawling In the Dark," "The Reason" and "Running Away." But did you know they have a new LP entitled 'Fight or Flight' coming out on September 11? Well, they do.
One of the most successful independent bands ever, these SoCal punks nabbed a devoted Warped fanbase with their genre classics 'About Time' and 'Full Circle' in the 1990s. Earlier this year they released 'All or Nothing,' which is their first LP since the departure of Jim Lindberg, who fronted Pennywise from 1988 until 2009. So if you're one of the Canucks who bought it (helping it debut at No. 66 on the Canadian album charts), those are the vocals of Ignite singer Zoli Teglas you're hearing.
Adam Duritz's alt-rock outfit was one of the biggest bands of the 1990s, and 1993's falsetto-filled "Mr. Jones" was one of the decade's most recognizable hits. In 2004 they even earned an Oscar nom for contributing a song to the 'Shrek 2' soundtrack. And hey, they're still at it! Just this April, they released an all-covers album entitled 'Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)' which actually reached No. 11 on the Billboard Album Charts.
Not only is British post-punk outfit Killing Joke still together, but they're searching for their lead singer! Just before embarking on a tour with the Cult, singer Jaz Coleman slammed the fellow Brit band on Facebook and went AWOL. "We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved. We are all concerned about our missing singer's welfare," wrote his bandmates. Two weeks later, the band reported, "To the relief of family and friends, Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman appeared today from his retreat in the Western Sahara bemused by all the fuss of his disappearance." Killing Joke released 'MMXII' earlier this year.
Coming out of the same fertile Minneapolis alt-rock scene in the 1980s that produced the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum broke through big time in 1993 with the Top 5 hit "Runaway Train." Following the death of bassist Karl Mueller in 2005, Tommy Stinson -- formerly of the Replacements and currently a member of Guns N' Roses -- joined the band as his replacement. Soul Asylum dropped 'Delayed Reaction' this summer, which debuted at 160 on the Billboard Album Charts.
Alien Ant Farm
Best known for their Modern Rock chart-topping, hard-charging nu metal cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" in 2001, the SoCal quartet are currently working on their first new album since 2006.
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Our Lady Peace
Canadians don't call it quits that easily! The post-grunge rock outfit is best-remembered for 'Clumsy' in 1997 but they actually dropped a new album, 'Curve,' this April. Not that you didn't know that/own it already.
Hot Water Music
Hot Water Music started producing complex post-hardcore back in 1993. Unlike most of the other bands in this gallery, How Water Music never achieved any major Billboard Hot 100 hits: Their fanbase has always been of the small but devoted variety. But thanks to the group's on-and-off-again status, a lot of fans might have missed the news that Hot Water Music just released a new album, 'Exister,' earlier this year.