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List of Famous Bands from Milwaukee

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List of Milwaukee bands, listed by their level of fame. This Milwaukee musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Milwaukee bands are included, as well as many Milwaukee musicians of underground status. This list of Milwaukee musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Milwaukee bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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    Violent Femmes

    Alternative rock, Punk rock

    AlbumsViolent Femmes, Add It Up (1981–1993), Machine, Why Do Birds Sing?, Freak Magnet

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    Al Jarreau

    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsRicky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st, Heart's Horizon, Al Jarreau sings Bill Withers, This Time, Breakin' Away

    Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau is perhaps...  more

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    Woody Herman

    Cool jazz, Swing music

    AlbumsHerd at Montreux, The Complete Capitol Recordings of Woody Herman, Quadromania Jazz Edition: Woody Herman: Saving Myself for You, Music for Tired Lovers, Big Bands: Woody Herman

    Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman came to...  more

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    Eric Benét

    Pop music, Neo soul

    AlbumsA Day in the Life, True to Myself, Hurricane, Lost in Time, Love & Life

    Eric Benét Jordan (born October 15, 1966), known professionally as Eric Benét, is an American R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter and actor, who has received a total of four Grammy nominations to date...  more
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    Def Jef

    Hip hop music, Rap music

    AlbumsSoul Food, Just a Poet With Soul

    Def Jef is the stage name of Jeffrey Fortson (born September 27, 1970), an American alternative hip hop musician and rapper of the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was born in Harlem, New York City,...  more
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    Hip hop music

    AlbumsSpeech, Hoopla, Peechy, Spiritual People, Down South Produckshuns

    Todd Thomas (born October 25, 1968), better known by the stage name Speech, is an American rapper and musician. He is a member of the progressive hip hop group Arrested Development and has released a...  more

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    Davey von Bohlen

    Indie pop, Emo
    Davey von Bohlen (born August 11, 1975) is an American musician and songwriter, best known for his roles as guitarist and vocalist in Cap'n Jazz, The Promise Ring, Vermont, and currently, Maritime....  more
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    The Promise Ring

    Indie pop, Rock music

    AlbumsWood/Water, 30° Everywhere, Nothing Feels Good, Very Emergency, The Horse Latitudes

    The Promise Ring was an American emo band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They gained an underground cult following and are widely regarded as one of the pioneers of second wave emo. Formed in 1995, they...  more

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    Lights Out Asia

    Downtempo, Shoegazing

    AlbumsTanks and Recognizers, Garmonia, Eyes Like Brontide, In the Days of Jupiter

    Lights Out Asia is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin based post-rock and Electronic band that formed in February 2003....  more
  • 10

    Rico Love

    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsDiscrete Luxury, The 5th Element

    Richard Preston Butler, Jr. (born December 3, 1982), better known by his stage name Rico Love, is an American rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but...  more
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    The Frogs

    Folk rock, Acoustic music

    AlbumsRacially Yours, The Frogs, My Daughter, The Broad, Bananimals

    The Frogs were an American rock music band founded in 1980, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by brothers Jimmy and Dennis Flemion. The brothers mainly wrote and performed short, catchy pop songs, but they...  more
  • 12


    Pop music

    AlbumsChase the Clouds

    Kelly Ann Keedy (born July 26, 1965), known by the stage name Keedy, is an American freestyle singer-songwriter best known for the 1991 Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit, "Save Some Love", from her only...  more
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    Coo Coo Cal

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsStill Walkin', Disturbed, Walkin' Dead, All or Nothin, My Projects

    Calvin Bellamy (born 1970), better known as Coo Coo Cal, is an American rapper from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is perhaps best known for his number-one rap single "My Projects".Coo Coo Cal's first...  more
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    T. J. Racer

    Glam metal, Heavy metal
    T.J. Racer (born Anthony Brehmer) is a bassist born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Racer was the original bass player for glam metal band Nitro, and appeared their first album, O.F.R.. Racer appeared in...  more
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    Yolanda ''La La'' Brown

    Rhythm and blues
    Yolanda La La Brown was an American R&B singer best known for being featured on the track S.E.X. with Lyfe Jennings....  more
  • 16

    AlbumsConvergence, Nuance: The Bennett Studio Sessions

    Lynne Arriale is an American pianist, composer and bandleader. ...  more
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    All Envy Aside

    Rock music, Alternative rock
    All Envy Aside, formerly known as Envy, is a five-piece rock band formed in Platteville, Wisconsin, USA, in 2001. The band came to national attention after winning MTVu's Best Band on Campus...  more
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    Rusty Ps

    Hip hop music
    The Rusty Ps is a hip hop/rap group based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Initially known as the Rusty Pelicans after forming in 1995, its membership currently consists of Phantom Channel, Count Classic, S...  more
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    Indie pop, Folk rock

    AlbumsWe, the Vehicles, Heresy and the Hotel Choir, Human Hearts, Adios

    Maritime is an indie pop band formed in 2003 after the break up of The Promise Ring and The Dismemberment Plan. Eric Axelson of The Dismemberment Plan and Davey von Bohlen and Dan Didier of The...  more
  • 20

    Since By Man

    Rock music, Mathcore

    AlbumsWe Sing the Body Electric, Pictures From the Hotel Apocalypse, A Love Hate Relationship

    Sincebyman was a five-piece band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin founded in 1999. Their debut full length album, We Sing The Body Electric, was released on November 30, 2002. This was followed by A Love...  more
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    Die Kreuzen

    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsOctober File / Die Kreuzen, October File, Die Kreuzen, Century Days, Cows and Beer

    Die Kreuzen is a rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin formed in 1981. The name, which was taken from a German Bible, is grammatically incorrect German for "the crosses". The band pronounced their name...  more
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    7 Angels 7 Plagues

    Progressive metal, Mathcore

    AlbumsJhazmyne's Lullaby, Until the Day Breathes and the Shadows Flee

    7 Angels 7 Plagues was a metallic hardcore band from Milwaukee, WI, United States....  more
  • 23

    Northern Room

    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsLast Embrace, Only Seconds EP

    Northern Room was a rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. In 2006, Northern Room were the winner, among over 100 bands, of a contest to open for Bon Jovi at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The...  more
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    Folk music, Indie rock

    AlbumsSing Out America!, Decibully, Tour E.P. '06, City of Festivals, World Travels Fast

    Decibully was an indie rock band based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin that formed in 2001 and played their final show early in 2011. The band was signed to Polyvinyl Records. However, Decibully's final...  more
  • 25


    Pop music, Folk music

    Albumswherefore art thou Capulet?

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