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List of Famous Bands from Providence

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List of Providence bands, listed by their level of fame. This Providence musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Providence bands are included, as well as many Providence musicians of underground status. This list of Providence 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 Providence 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.

List is made up of bands like Sage Francis and Lightning Bolt.

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  • 1

    Sage Francis

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsPersonal Journals, A Healthy Distrust, Dead Poet Live Album, Human the Death Dance, Sickly Business

    Paul William "Sage" Francis (born November 18, 1976) is an American independent underground rapper from Providence, Rhode Island. He is the founder and CEO of Strange Famous Records....  more

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  • 2

    Lightning Bolt

    Noise rock, New Prog

    AlbumsWonderful Rainbow, Hypermagic Mountain, Ride the Skies, Lightning Bolt, Earthly Delights

    Lightning Bolt is an American noise rock duo from Providence, Rhode Island, composed of Brian Chippendale on drums and vocals and Brian Gibson on bass guitar. The band met and formed in 1994, when...  more
  • 3

    Velvet Crush

    Rock music, Power pop

    AlbumsIn the Presence of Greatness, Free Expression, Melody Freaks, Stereo Blues, Rock Concert

    Velvet Crush is a power pop band from Rhode Island that achieved prominence in indie-rock circles in the early- and mid-1990s. The band broke up in 1996 but re-formed in 1998 and have continued to...  more
  • 4

    AlbumsLate Night Christmas Eve, Swing Brothers, Just You, Just Me, No Bass Hit

    Scott Hamilton (born September 12, 1954) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist associated with swing and mainstream jazz....  more

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  • 5

    Vital Remains

    Black metal, Blackened death metal

    AlbumsDawn of the Apocalypse, Dechristianize, Let Us Pray, Icons of Evil, Forever Underground

    Vital Remains is an American death metal band from Providence, Rhode Island, formed in 1988....  more
  • 6

    Jeffrey Osborne

    Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsStay with Me Tonight, Emotional, Don't Stop, Music Is Life, Jeffrey Osborne

    Jeffrey Linton Osborne (born March 9, 1948) is an American Grammy–nominated singer–songwriter, musician and lyricist. Osborne is the former drummer and lead singer of the American R&B/Soul group...  more
  • 7

    Six Finger Satellite

    Synthpop, Synth rock

    AlbumsThe Pigeon Is the Most Popular Bird, Severe Exposure, Paranormalized, Law of Ruins, Half Control

    Six Finger Satellite are an American synthesizer-based post-hardcore band, based in Providence, Rhode Island....  more
  • 8

    Angry Salad

    Rock music, Pop rock

    AlbumsAngry Salad, The Guinea Pig EP, Bizarre Gardening Accident

    Angry Salad was an alternative rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band formed at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1993. Before their major label deal, they had 1 full length CD...  more
  • 9


    Noise rock, Mathcore

    AlbumsDaughters, Daughters, Canada Songs, Hell Songs, Daughters 7" EP

    Daughters is an American rock band formed in 2001 in Providence, Rhode Island after the demise of Providence-based As the Sun Sets. Daughters have four releases including their self-titled EP, Canada...  more
  • 10

    Combustible Edison

    Lounge music, Pop music

    AlbumsFour Rooms, Schizophonic!, The Impossible World, I, Swinger

    Combustible Edison, founded in the early 1990s in Providence, Rhode Island, was one of several lounge music acts that led a brief resurgence of interest in the genre during the mid-1990s.Unlike other...  more
  • 11


    Noise rock

    AlbumsDie & Mold Services, Expedition to the Hairier Peaks, It's Always 1999, Take Your Skin Off

    Mindflayer is a noise rock band from Providence, Rhode Island, made up of Brian Chippendale and Matt Brinkman which was formed out of Fort Thunder. Much of Mindflayer's identity, including the band...  more
  • 12

    The White Mice

    Industrial music, Noise music

    AlbumsBLasssTPhlEgMEICE, ASSPhIXXXEATATESHUN, Live at AS220, Ganjahovahdose, EXcreaMaNTRaINTRaVEINaNUS

    The White Mice are an abrasive, experimental, industrial, noise rock and noisegrind band from Providence, Rhode Island. They consist of vocals, drums, bass and electronics, but, live, often have a...  more
  • 13


    Ska, Rock music

    AlbumsThe Wait, Line in the Sand, The Rest, Space Monkey, Take Me Home

    ZOX is a band from Providence, Rhode Island that is self-described as "violin-laced indie-rock"—think Beethoven-meets Deathcab-meets The Police. The band consists of four members: namesake John Zox,...  more
  • 14

    Small Factory

    Indie pop, Twee pop

    AlbumsThe Industrial Evolution, I Do Not Love You, For If You Cannot Fly, Suggestions, Lose Your Way

    Small Factory was an American indie rock band formed in 1991 and based in Providence, R.I.. The group was well regarded as an exemplar of 1990s indie rock although they never achieved great success...  more
  • 15


    Noise music

    AlbumsThe Hidden Family/+White+, Peace Trials, Hallucination Guillotine // Final Worship, Royal Paint With the Metallic Gardner From the United States Helped Into an Open Field by Women and Children

    "Kites' Peace Trials creeps on a thin bridge between a small, strange world of Chris Forgues' own creation and our own politically torn world. On the liner notes to this his third release on Load...
  • 16

    Death Vessel

    Folk music

    AlbumsStay Close, Island Intervals, Nothing Is Precious Enough for Us

    Death Vessel is an American neo-traditional folk band from Rhode Island, signed to Sub Pop and ATP Recordings, and headed by Joel Thibodeau. Their first album, Stay Close was released on North East...  more
  • 17

    Joe Beats

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsDiverse Recourse, Reverse Discourse, Falcon by Design, Hopestrumentals, Indie Rock Blues

    Joe Beats (born Joe DelCarpini, October 4, 1977) is an American hip hop producer from Rhode Island. He is best known as the co-producer for the duo Non-Prophets. DelCarpini was born in Warwick, Rhode...  more
  • 18

    The Chinese Stars

    Noise rock, Dance-punk

    AlbumsA Rare Sensation, Listen to Your Left Brain, Turbo Mattress, Heaven on Speed Dial

    The Chinese Stars is an American noise rock band from Providence, Rhode Island. The band was formed in 2003 with several of the members from Arab on Radar, which had disbanded in 2002. The band...  more
  • 19

    Arab on Radar

    Noise rock, Punk rock

    AlbumsSoak the Saddle, The Stolen Singles, Queen Hygiene II, Rough Day at the Orifice, Yahweh or the Highway

    Arab on Radar was a Providence, Rhode Island-based noise rock band founded in 1994. They went on hiatus in 2002. Members of the band went on to form or join the bands The Chinese Stars, Athletic...  more
  • 20

    Grüvis Malt

    Progressive music, Hip hop music

    AlbumsSimon, ...With the Spirit of a Traffic Jam..., Maximum Unicorn, Sound Soldiers, Cromagnetic

    Grüvis Malt was an American six piece band founded in Providence, Rhode Island in 1995. Grüvis Malt has released a total of seven full-length albums, one of which was released under Lakeshore...  more
  • 21


    Doom metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsMegasus, Seven Inches of Sorcery

    Megasus is a heavy metal band formed in Providence, Rhode Island in 2006....  more
  • 22

    Plan 9

    Plan 9 is an American neo-psychedelic band from Rhode Island formed in 1979. The group was named for the 1950s science fiction film Plan 9 from Outer Space. The Calgary Herald wrote, in 1989, "Its...  more
  • 23

    No more kings

    Trip hop, Rock music

    AlbumsNo More Kings, And the Flying Boombox, Sweep the Leg (EP)

    No More Kings are the Los Angeles-based musical collaboration of singer/songwriter Pete Mitchell and producer/songwriter Neil Robins. No More Kings' music is known for its frequent references to...  more
  • 24

    As the sun sets

    Mathcore, Grindcore

    AlbumsLimited Summer Demo, 7744, Each Individual Voice Is Dead In The Silence, 8949

  • 25

    The Brown Derbies

    The Brown Derbies is an all-male a cappella group at Brown University. They were founded by Darryl Shrock in 1982 and have released twelve albums. They sing a variety of different genres, ranging...  more