Bands/Musicians 4AD Complete Artist Roster

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List of 4AD artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This 4AD roster includes both past and present artists. Popular 4AD bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these 4AD band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by 4AD.

Artists on this list include Pixies and Black Francis.

This page can help answer questions like, "Who are the best 4AD bands?" and "Which artists are signed by 4AD?"

If any musical artists are missing from this 4AD artists list, you can add them at the bottom of the list. (125 items)

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50 Foot Wave is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
50 Foot Wave Rock music, Alternative rock 50 Foot Wave is an American alternative rock band, formed in 2003. The band is fronted by Kristin Hersh, who writes the group's songs with collaborative efforts from the other group members in ...more

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A.R. Kane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Trip hop, Alternative dance, Dream pop A.R. Kane were a British duo formed in 1986 by Alex Ayuli and Rudy Tambala. The duo released three albums and several EPs to critical acclaim before dissolving in 1994. Ayuli and Tambala were ...more

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Cuba is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Cuba Air Cuba, previously known as Cuba, were a British electronic music duo formed by Christopher Andrews and Ashley Bates. They released two singles and an album, Leap of Faith, on 4AD in 1998 and ...more

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Air Miami is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Air Miami Air Miami was a band from Washington DC. The band was formed by Mark Robinson and Bridget Cross, both former members of Unrest, and drummer Gabriel Stout. They had releases on the 4AD Records ...more

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Anni Rossi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Anni Rossi is an American singer, violist and keyboardist from Minnesota. She graduated for the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. She is notable for her unique style of playing ...more

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Ariel Pink is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Psychedelic folk, Outsider music, Psychedelic pop Ariel Marcus Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Ariel Pink, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is known for ...more

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Bauhaus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk Bauhaus were an English post-punk band, formed in Northampton, England in 1978. The group consisted of Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J. The band was originally named ...more

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Belly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Jangle pop, Dream pop, Alternative rock Belly was an alternative rock band formed in 1991 by former Throwing Muses members Tanya Donelly and Fred Abong. The band was based in Boston, Massachusetts, though all of the original members ...more

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Black Francis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, World music, Alternative rock Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of the influential alternative rock band Pixies, with whom he performs ...more

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Blonde Redhead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Noise rock, Shoegazing, Rock music Blonde Redhead is a film score composer.

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Bon Iver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Indie, Neo soul, Folk music Bon Iver is an American indie folk band founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. Vernon released Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007. The majority ...more

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Bradford Cox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Noise rock, Garage rock, Electronic music Bradford James Cox is an American musician, best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the indie rock band Deerhunter. He also pursues a solo career under the moniker Atlas Sound. Cox formed ...more

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Brendan Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Brendan Michael Perry is a singer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as the male half of the duo Dead Can Dance with Lisa Gerrard.

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Broken Records is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Folk music, Indie folk, Indie rock Broken Records are a six-piece indie folk band from Edinburgh, Scotland, which formed in December 2006. The band are signed to 4AD and released their debut album, Until the Earth Begins to Part, ...more

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Bulgarian State Radio & Televi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Bulgarian music, Folk music, Music of the Republic of Macedonia The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir is an internationally renowned World Music ensemble that performs modern arrangements of traditional Bulgarian folk melodies. It is most ...more

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Camera Obscura is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Indie pop Camera Obscura are a Scottish indie pop band from Glasgow, Scotland. The group formed in 1996 and have released five albums to date.

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Cass McCombs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Folk music, Alternative country Cass McCombs is an American musician, best known for releasing a number of albums since 2002.

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Celebration is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Celebration Celebration is a psychedelic soul band based out of Baltimore, Maryland.

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Chris Acland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Shoegazing, Britpop Christopher John Dyke Acland was an English musician. He was the drummer of the London-based shoegazing and Britpop band Lush.

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Cindytalk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Experimental music Cindytalk is an experimental music project, founded in 1982. Cindytalk operated as a group for many years, but more recently has been a solo project by Gordon Sharp, a Scottish performer who has ...more

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Clan of Xymox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Synthpop, Indie, New Wave Clan of Xymox, also known as simply Xymox, are a Dutch rock band formed in 1981. Clan of Xymox featured a trio of songwriters — Pieter Nooten, Ronny Moorings and Anka Wolbert — and gained ...more

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Cocteau Twins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Ethereal wave Cocteau Twins were a Scottish rock band active from 1979 to 1997, known for innovative instrumentation and atmospheric, non-lyrical vocals. The original members were Elizabeth Fraser, Robin ...more

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Colin Newman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Electronic music, Experimental rock, Alternative rock Colin Newman is an English musician, record producer and record label owner. He is best known as the primary vocalist and songwriter for the iconic post-punk band Wire.

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Colourbox is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, Reggae Colourbox were an English electronic musical group on the 4AD label, releasing a number of records between 1982 and 1987. The band was formed by brothers Martyn and Steve Young, along with guest ...more

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Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Electronic music, House music Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson is an Icelandic solo artist, and a lead singer of the bands GusGus, Nýdönsk and Esja. Daníel Ágúst has been part of ...more

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Daniel Rossen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Daniel Rossen Daniel Raphael Rossen is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the indie rock band Grizzly Bear, with whom he has ...more

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Daughter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Folk rock, Indie folk Daughter is a European indie folk band from England. Fronted by North London native Elena Tonra, they were formed in 2010 after the addition of Swiss-born guitarist Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi ...more

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Dave Sitek is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Indie rock David Andrew Sitek is an American musician, guitarist and record producer, best known as a member of the band TV on the Radio. He has also worked with bands such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, ...more

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David Lovering is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Alternative rock David Lovering is an American musician and magician. He is best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band Pixies, which he joined in 1986. After the band's breakup in 1993, Lovering ...more

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Dead Can Dance is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Neoclassical Dark Wave, Gothic rock, New Age music Dead Can Dance is an English-Australian musical project that formed in 1981 in Melbourne by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. The band relocated to London, England, in May 1982. Australian music ...more

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Deerhunter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Noise rock, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia Deerhunter is an American five-piece indie rock group originating from Atlanta, Georgia. The band, consisting of Bradford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Frankie Broyles, Josh McKay and Lockett Pundt, ...more

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Department of Eagles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock, Folk rock Department of Eagles is a band formed in 2000 by friends and New York University roommates Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus. The roommates created music from collected samples, assembled into ...more

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Dif Juz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Dream pop, Dub, Instrumental Dif Juz were an English instrumental post-punk band, formed in London in 1980 and remaining active until 1986. The band comprised Dave Curtis, Alan Curtis, Gary Bromley and Richard Thomas.

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Efterklang is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Electronic music, Electronic dance music Efterklang is an indie rock group from Copenhagen, Denmark, formed in December 2000. The band has recorded four studio albums and are currently signed to the 4AD label, as well as their own ...more

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Elizabeth Fraser is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Gothic rock, Trip hop, Rock music Elizabeth Davidson Fraser is a Scottish singer best known as the vocalist for the alternative rock band Cocteau Twins. Fraser has a soprano vocal range. She is as well known for her ...more

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Emma Anderson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Shoegazing, Rock music, Alternative rock Emma Anderson is an English musician. She is best known for being a songwriter, guitarist and singer in the shoegazing/Britpop band, Lush. As a keen music fan, she used to write a fanzine called ...more

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Emma Pollock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Emma Pollock is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and a founding member of The Delgados, The Burns Unit and The Fruit Tree Foundation.

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Frazier Chorus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Pop music, Electronic music, Dream pop Frazier Chorus were a pop group from Brighton, England. A pop group without the usual guitarist, bassist or drummer; they instead utilised flute, clarinet, bongos and hushed vocals.

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Future of the Left is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Noise rock, Rock music, Alternative rock Future of the Left are an alternative rock band based in Cardiff, Wales.

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Gang Gang Dance is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Dubstep, Worldbeat, New Weird America Gang Gang Dance is an American experimental music band based in Manhattan, New York City. The band is known for its distinctive sound which features synthesized electronics and percussion, plus ...more

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Grimes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Indie pop, Synthpop, Pop music Claire Elise Boucher, better known by her stage name Grimes, is a Canadian producer, artist, musician, singer-songwriter and music video director. Born and raised in Vancouver, Grimes began ...more

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GusGus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Electronic music, House music GusGus is a band from Reykjavík, Iceland. They were founded in 1995. The group's discography consists of nine studio albums and one live record.

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Harold Budd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Drone music, Contemporary classical music, Ambient music Harold Budd is an American avant-garde composer and poet. He was born in Los Angeles, and raised in the Mojave Desert. He has developed a style of playing piano he terms "soft pedal".

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Heidi Berry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Heidi Berry Folk music Heidi Berry is an American singer-songwriter who recorded for Creation Records and 4AD in the late 1980s and 1990s.

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His Name Is Alive is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
His Name Is Alive Rock music, Experimental rock, Dream pop His Name Is Alive is an American experimental rock band/project from Livonia, Michigan, United States. After several self-released cassettes, they debuted on 4AD Records in 1990, starting a long ...more

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Ian Masters is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Ian Masters Indie pop, Shoegazing, Experimental rock Ian Masters is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer. He is best known for being a founding member of the English indie pop band Pale Saints. Masters was their vocalist/bassist from their ...more

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In Camera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
In Camera Pop music In Camera were an English post-punk band, comprising David Steiner, Andrew Gray, Pete Moore, and Jeff Wilmott, formed in London in 1978 and signed to the 4AD label. The band split in 1981 after ...more

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Indians is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Indians Indians is the moniker and alter ego of Danish singer-songwriter and musician Søren Løkke Juul signed to 4AD record label. In concerts, he is accompanied by some musicians also ...more

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Iron & Wine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Folk music, Folk rock, Indie folk Samuel Beam, better known by his stage and recording name Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. He has released five studio albums, several EPs and singles, as well as a few ...more

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Joey Santiago is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 4AD Complete Artist Roster
Alternative rock Joseph Alberto "Joey" Santiago is a Filipino-American guitarist and composer. Active since 1986, Santiago is best known as the lead guitarist for the American alternative rock band the ...more