I’m not sure what contemporary means. In my book it is people who are still performing and recording at this moment in time – not just the new arrivals on the scene. But I suppose most people think of modern as being the music of newcomers.
With my definition the Stones, Who, Billy Bragg and Elvis Costello are still part of the modern scene.
Who cares. When it’s good it’s good. The Eels are great: I need a bit of novocaine for my soul the mess these Tories and Trump have made!!