I think the newest band I like at all released their first record in 1999. I got a bunch of iTunes money for Christmas, and I bought a bunch of stuff from the '90s and one album from a band who released their first 12" in '93 (though the album was from 2004).
Why aren't there any new bands coming up that are worth anything. There are some bands that I tolerate, and maybe even some whose music I can drum along with on the steering wheel, but new bands just don't get my blood moving. Am I turning into a newfangled version of my parents? I am I going to treat my kids' music like Mom and Dad treated mine? The problem is that I really liked the music from the '90s, and I think the music was more "real."
That sounds cheesy, I know, but bands then often played with real conviction, and it seems to me that more recent musicians are so formulaic. And while I decry self-indulgent solos, I still like some showcasing of musicianship. I do like some "recent" (coming onto the scene since 2000-ish) artists, but not in the same way. Here is a sampling of newer people I like OK:
Black Eyed Peas
Death Cab for Cutie
John Mayer (electric era)
Los Lonely Boys
Mars Volta (though they were around before, sorta, as At the Drive-In)
Modest Mouse (they made it big relatively recently, though they have been around forever)
Several of those are artists that I probably wouldn't have ever heard of or listened to if not for Carrie. I want more Muse's, Mars Volta's, Clutch's, COC's, Down's, CKY's, Pearl Jam's, Nirvana's, AIC's, Soundgarden's, Rage Against the Machine's, Audioslave's (it's hard to count them as "since 2000" as the previous bands are so familiar to me from long ago), Bush's, Institute's, etc.
I really need to get my band going. I can cure the world with ROCK!