I have a lot of free time, so I asked my friend for music suggestions.
My friend, knowing that I am bored with time on my hands agreed, but gave me the suggestions in the form of a puzzle.
On a sheet of paper, they wrote down twelve words:
BLAND BOY CHAPTER CLIP EARTH ELEMENTS IONIC MESS PICKET POEMS RAIN SNIP
They also gave me some instructions:
Assemble the words in six pairs which form anagrams of music artists. From the artists which contain the letter P next to a vowel, take the first letters of their second words. From the remaining artists, take their last letters.
"There," my friend proclaimed, "seven suggestions spanning several genres and media – if you're up to the challenge. Oh, and some final things since I'm feeling nice: the artists all have one major thing in common, at least one of the pairs is made of adjacent words in the list, and exactly one of the pairs does not contain the letter N."
Who are the artists my friend is suggesting, and what do they have in common?