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List of Famous Bands from Portland

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List of Portland bands, listed by their level of fame. This Portland musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Portland bands are included, as well as many Portland musicians of underground status. This picturesque Oregon city  is known as the home of indie and alternative rock. If a band has cool hair cuts and sings about tress, chances are they are on this list. Bands from every genre are listed here though. Portland has its fair share of rock, pop, punk, metal, hip-hop, and jazz bands throughout its history. From hipster rock to lo-fi folk, this list contains a plethora of niche subgenres too.  

List features bands like Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, and many more

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Portland?" or "What are the best Portland bands?" then this list will answer your questions. 
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Elliott Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Genre: Indie pop, Folk rock & Acoustic music; Nationality: United States of America
Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith (August 6, 1969 – October 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised primarily in ...more

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Decemberists are an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Colin Meloy (lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter), Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), ...more

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Everclear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Everclear is an American alternative rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1991. The band was formed by Art Alexakis, the band's lead songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist; and for most of the ...more

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Blitzen Trapper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Blitzen Trapper is a Portland, Oregon-based experimental country/folk/rock band associated with Sub Pop Records, Vagrant Records and Lojinx. Formed in 2000, the band currently operates as a ...more

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She & Him is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
She & Him is an American indie duo consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. The band's first album, Volume One, was released on Merge Records in March 2008. The duo is augmented by session ...more

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Kutless is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2001. Since their formation, they have released multiple studio albums and one live album, Live from Portland. They have sold ...more

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Esperanza Spalding is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Genre: Neo soul, Jazz fusion & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
Esperanza Emily Spalding (born October 18, 1984) is an American jazz bassist and singer. Spalding was raised in Portland, Oregon, and was a musical prodigy, playing violin in the Chamber Music ...more

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The Dandy Warhols is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Dandy Warhols are an American rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström, who were joined by keyboardist Zia ...more

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Carrie Brownstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Genre: Alternative rock, Punk rock & Indie rock; Nationality: United States of America
Carrie Rachel Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, actress, writer, director, and comedian. She first came to prominence as a member of the band Excuse 17 before forming ...more

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Tommy Thayer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Genre: Glam metal, Heavy metal & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
Thomas Cunningham Thayer (born November 7, 1960) is an American musician and songwriter. He is the lead guitarist for the American hard rock band Kiss, and was lead guitarist for the band Black ...more
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Brad Wilk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Genre: Rock music, Rapcore & Funk metal; Nationality: United States of America
Bradley J. Wilk (born September 5, 1968) is an American musician, actor, and activist. He is best known as the drummer of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine (1991–2000; 2007–2011), ...more

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Black 'N Blue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Black 'N Blue is a glam metal band from Portland, Oregon. The current members are singer Jaime St. James, bassist Patrick Young, drummer Pete Holmes, guitarist Shawn Sonnenschein, and guitarist ...more

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Toxic Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Toxic Holocaust is an American thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon.
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Pink Martini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Pink Martini is a musical group that was formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Describing itself as a "little orchestra," its music crosses genres such as ...more

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Todd Snider is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Genre: Americana, Folk rock & Alternative country; Nationality: United States of America
Todd Daniel Snider (born October 11, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter with a musical style that combines Americana, alt-country, and folk.
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Khaela Maricich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Blow is an American electro pop band, comprising Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne. Maricich and Dyne write, compose, produce and perform all the music. It was formed as a solo project by ...more
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The Kingsmen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Kingsmen are a 1960s garage rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States. Their 1963 recording of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie" held the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts for ...more

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Quasi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Quasi is an American indie rock band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1993 by former spouses Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss. Joanna Bolme performed and recorded with the group as a bassist from 2007 to

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Menomena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Menomena is an indie rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States made up of Justin Harris and Danny Seim. Both members of the band share singing duties and frequently swap instruments while ...more
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Richmond Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Richmond Fontaine is a four-piece alternative country band based in Portland, Oregon.
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Hudson Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Hudson Brothers were an American musical group formed in Portland, Oregon, consisting of brothers Bill Hudson, Brett Hudson and Mark Hudson. They were discovered by a record producer while ...more
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Kelly Joe Phelps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Genre: Americana, Folk music & Blues; Nationality: United States of America
Kelly Joe Phelps (born October 5, 1959, Sumner, Washington, United States) is an American musician and songwriter. His music has been characterized as a mixture of delta blues and jazz.

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Jaguar Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Jaguar Love is an American post-punk band formed in Portland, Oregon in 2007. It is composed of former members of The Blood Brothers.
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Hockey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
Hockey is an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon.
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Epoxies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Portland
The Epoxies were an American new wave band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 2000. Heavily influenced by new wave, the band jokingly described themselves as robot garage rock. Members included FM ...more