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Broward and Palm Beach's Most Successful Music Acts, Part One

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15. Surfer Blood
With the death of their original guitarist Thomas Fekete, it's been a tragic year for these West Palm indie rockers. But Surfer Blood has persevered. Since forming in 2009, they've released three albums, had their songs heard on TV shows and video games, and opened for their heroes and influences, the Pixies and Guided by Voices, on national tours. 
14. Further Seems Forever
Since their founding in 1998, these emo rockers have seen their share of lineup changes. Among the singers of this Pompano Beach band were Chris Carrabba, Jason Gleason, and the late Jon Bunch. The band broke up in 2006 only to reunite several times, most recently this summer on a minitour playing the 2003 album, How to Start a Fire.  
13. Pleasure P
Born in West Park as Marcus Ramone Cooper, Pleasure P was the singer of Pretty Ricky. The R&B/ hip-hop group released four albums from 2003 through 2009, scoring a #1 album with 2007's Late Night Special. There's been talk of a fifth album, but in the meantime Pleasure P has carved out a solo career which in 2010 earned him two Grammy nominations for the song "Under."
12. Nonpoint
Fort Lauderdale's premier nu-metal outfit has carved together a steady following in the nearly two decades since their formation in 1997. Their last four albums have hit the top ten on the hard-rock charts, and as their peers from when they started out have broken up, Nonpoint continues to sell out shows nationwide.
11. New Found Glory
Like many of the bands on the list, New Found Glory first got together long ago — in this case, 1997. Hailing from Coral Springs, New Found Glory (along with Blink-182) is credited with creating the template many pop-punk bands followed throughout the 2000s. Two of their eight albums peaked in the top five of Billboard's charts. After touring again this past summer, the band is now working on new music, according to its Facebook page.
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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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