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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.

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  • 1
    Progressive metal, Pop music

    AlbumsPieces of the Sun, Resonator, Waters of Eden, World Diary, From the Caves of the Iron Mountain

    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 best...  more
  • 2
    Spoken word, No wave

    AlbumsOmar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch, Queen of Siam, Hysterie, Touch My Evil, Honeymoon in Red

    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 typically...  more
  • 3
    Pop music, Rock music

    AlbumsUnderage 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 been...  more

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  • 4
    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsSometimes Things Just Disappear, Clash Battle Guilt Pride, The Redder, the Better, The Summer of George

    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
  • 5
    Glam metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsWe Reserve the Right

    Roxanne Dora Petrucci (born March 17, 1962 in Rochester, Michigan) is the drummer for Madam X and Vixen. ...  more
  • 6
    Horror punk, Synthpop
    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 XTRMST,...  more

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  • 7
    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsWe Major, Invasion Part 3: Countdown To Armageddon, Beanie Sigel Public Enemy #1, New World Order, Invasion

    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 by...  more
  • 8
    Progressive metal, Mathcore

    AlbumsOur 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
  • 9
    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 "a mix of jazz,...  more
  • 10
    John Clark is an American jazz horn player and composer....  more
  • 11
    House music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsCome 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 UK Singles Chart in...  more
  • 12
    Hip hop music, Trip hop

    AlbumsProphesy, Beyond Skin, All Mixed Up, Displacing the Priest, Human

    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
  • 13
    Psychobilly, Rockabilly

    AlbumsCheap Women, Cheap Booze, Cheaper Thrills

  • 14
    Rock music, Garage rock

    AlbumsLet's Go Get Stoned, Stop, The Mindbending Sounds Of..., Drunk on Muddy Water, Don't Open Till Doomsday

    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 recordings of...  more
  • 15
    Popular music
    Alexander Lafayette Chew Wilder (February 16, 1907 – December 24, 1980) was an American composer....  more
  • 16
    Electronic music, Classical music

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

    Alarm will Sound Inc is an organization running Alarm Will Sound....  more
  • 17
    Rock music, Emo

    AlbumsConversations, 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....  more
  • 18
    Pop punk, Rock music

    AlbumsAll 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 song...  more
  • 19
    Stephen Edward Williams (born January 7, 1956) is an American jazz drummer. For twenty-five years he collaborated with jazz singer Shirley Horn....  more
  • 20

    AlbumsThe 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 African...  more
  • 21
    Cabaret, Vocal jazz

    AlbumsIt 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 writes and...  more
  • 22
    Punktry, Acoustic Alternative

    AlbumsLive 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 songs he...  more
  • 23

    AlbumsChristmas 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
  • 24
    Experimental rock, Metalcore

    AlbumsThe 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....  more
  • 25
    Progressive metal, Mathcore

    AlbumsDiscography '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