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List of Famous Bands from Rochester

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

Examples of bands on this list: Tony Levin, Lydia Lunch and more.

If you're wondering, "What bands are from Rochester?" or "What is a list of Rochester bands?" then this list will answer your questions. (28 items)
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Tony Levin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Progressive metal, Pop music & Experimental rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Pieces of the Sun, Resonator, Waters of Eden, World Diary, From the Caves of the Iron Mountain, + more

Anthony Frederick Levin (born June 6, 1946) is an American musician and composer, specializing in electric bass, Chapman Stick and upright bass. He also sings and plays synthesizer. Levin is ...more

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Lydia Lunch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Spoken word, No wave & Experimental rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch, Queen of Siam, Hysterie, Touch My Evil, Honeymoon in Red, + more

Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Anne Koch, June 2, 1959) is an American singer, poet, writer, actress and self-empowerment speaker. Her career was spawned by the New York no wave scene.Her work ...more

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Teddy Geiger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Underage Thinking, Snow Blankets the Night, Living Alone, Step Ladder, For You I Will (Confidence)

Teddy Geiger(born September 16, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Geiger's compositions and productions have sold over 50 million units worldwide, and have ...more

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Polar Bear Club is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester

Albums: Sometimes Things Just Disappear, Clash Battle Guilt Pride, The Redder, the Better, The Summer of George, + more

Polar Bear Club is an American post-hardcore band from Rochester and Syracuse, upstate New York. Formed in 2005, the band currently consists of vocalist Jimmy Stadt, lead guitarist Chris Browne, ...more
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Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Glam metal, Heavy metal & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: We Reserve the Right

Roxanne Dora Petrucci (born March 17, 1962 in Rochester, Michigan) is the drummer for Madam X and Vixen.
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Davey Havok is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Horror punk, Synthpop & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
David Paden Marchand (born November 20, 1975), known professionally as Davey Havok, is the lead vocalist of the American rock band AFI, the electronic music band Blaqk Audio, hardcore band ...more

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DJ Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Hip hop music and Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: We Major, Invasion Part 3: Countdown To Armageddon, Beanie Sigel Public Enemy #1, New World Order, Invasion, + more

James D'Agostino (born July 7, 1975), professionally known as DJ Green Lantern, is an Italian hip hop disc Jockey (DJ) and music producer from Rochester, New York. In 2002, D'Agostino was signed ...more
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PsyOpus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester

Albums: Our Puzzling Encounters Considered, Ideas of Reference, Odd Senses

Psyopus is a mathcore band from Rochester, New York. Formed in 2002, the band is noted for the unorthodox and extremely technical guitar techniques of Christopher Arp, often referred to as ...more
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Daniel Bennett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Daniel Bennett

Albums: The Legend of Bear Thompson, We Are Not Defeated, A Nation of Bears, Peace and Stability Among Bears

Daniel Bennett (born November 27, 1979) is an American saxophonist who lives in Manhattan. Daniel Bennett is best known for his "folk jazz" music. Bennett contends that his music is ...more
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John Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
John Clark is an American jazz horn player and composer.
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Joyce Sims is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: House music, Contemporary R&B & Dance music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Come Into My Life

Joyce Sims (born August 6, 1959) is an American singer and songwriter, whose biggest hit single, "Come into My Life", reached the top 10 in both the US Billboard R&B Chart and the ...more
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Nitin Sawhney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Hip hop music, Trip hop & Orchestra; Nationality: India

Albums: Prophesy, Beyond Skin, All Mixed Up, Displacing the Priest, Human, + more

Nitin Sawhney (born 1964) is a British Indian musician, producer and composer. A recipient of the Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award in 2017, his work combines Asian and other worldwide ...more
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Frantic Flattops is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester

Albums: Cheap Women, Cheap Booze, Cheaper Thrills

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The Chesterfield Kings ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester

Albums: Let's Go Get Stoned, Stop, The Mindbending Sounds Of..., Drunk on Muddy Water, Don't Open Till Doomsday, + more

The Chesterfield Kings were a rock band from Rochester, New York, who began as a retro-1960s garage band, and who have heavily mined 1960s music, including some borrowing from the 1960s ...more
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Alec Wilder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Popular music; Nationality: United States of America
Alexander Lafayette Chew Wilder (February 16, 1907 – December 24, 1980) was an American composer.
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Alarm Will Sound is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester

Albums: Acoustica: Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin, a/rhythmia (Alarm Will Sound)

Alarm will Sound Inc is an organization running Alarm Will Sound.
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Roses Are Red is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester

Albums: Conversations, What Became of Me, Handshakes and Heartbreaks

Roses Are Red was a rock band formed in Rochester, New York. The band was signed to Trustkill Records.
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The F-Ups is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
The F-Ups

Albums: All the Young Dudes

The F-Ups were an American punk rock band from Rochester, Minnesota. They are best known for their song 'Lazy Generation' which was featured on NHL 2005 and Burnout 3: Takedown, being the theme ...more
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Steve Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
Stephen Edward Williams (born January 7, 1956) is an American jazz drummer. For twenty-five years he collaborated with jazz singer Shirley Horn.
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Don Moye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Don Moye Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Magic Triangle, Black Paladins, Earth Passage – Density, The African Tapes (disc 2)

Famoudou Don Moye, (born May 23, 1946) is an American jazz percussionist and drummer. He is most known for his involvement with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and is noted for his mastery of ...more
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Justin Hayford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Genre: Cabaret and Vocal jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: It All Belongs to You

Justin Hayford (born March 11, 1970) is a Chicago-based singer and pianist. He performs jazz and cabaret music and specializes in reviving obscure and forgotten songs from the past. Justin ...more
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The Ian Parsons Reject ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester

Albums: Live Free O.D. (EP), When Monkees Groom (Live), Late On Time, Not Mine Alone

The Ian Parsons Reject is the solo project of former Atlanta Indie Rock drummer and now singer/songwriter Ian Parsons. Ian Parsons began writing the lyrics and music for many of the original ...more
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Rochester Philharmonic O... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Albums: Christmas at the Pops, Symphony no. 3 / Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitzky / Lament for Beowulf, A Night at the Pops, Piano Concerto in F / Rhapsody in Blue / Cuban Overture

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is an American orchestra based in the city of Rochester, Monroe County, New York. Its primary concert venue is the Eastman Theatre at the Eastman School of ...more
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Achilles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester
Achilles

Albums: The Dark Horse, Hospice, Achilles / Engineer

Achilles is an American hardcore punk band from Rochester, Upstate New York. Formed in 2004, the band currently consists of Rory van Grol, Rob Antonucci, Josh Dillon and Chris Browne.
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Lethargy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Rochester

Albums: Discography '93-'99, It's Hard to Write With a Little Hand

Lethargy was a technical death metal band formed in Rochester, New York in 1992 and disbanded in December 1999. Their last performance was on Christmas night of 1999. Drummer Brann Dailor and ...more