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List of Famous Bands from San Jose

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

    Swamp pop, Heartland rock

    AlbumsToulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits, The Doobie Brothers, Live at Wolf Trap

    The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band from San Jose, California. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. They have been active for nearly five decades, with their greatest...  more

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    Nikki Sixx

    Glam metal, Rock music
    Nikki Sixx (born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.; December 11, 1958) is an American musician, songwriter, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder, bassist, and primary...  more

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    Larry Norman

    Christian music, Jesus music

    AlbumsBootleg, Upon This Rock, Copper Wires, Streams of White Light Into Darkened Corners, Labor of Love

    Larry David Norman (April 8, 1947 – February 24, 2008) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of Christian...  more

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    Smash Mouth

    Pop punk, New Wave

    AlbumsAll Star, The Gift of Rock, Astro Lounge, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, All Star Smash Hits

    Smash Mouth is an American rock band from San Jose, California. The band was formed in 1994, and was originally composed of Steve Harwell (lead vocals), Kevin Coleman (drums), Greg Camp (guitar), and...  more

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    Xiu Xiu

    Synthpop, Experimental rock

    AlbumsFabulous Muscles, A Promise, A Soundtrack for a Polaroid of Two Trees in Indiana, ¿Spicchiology?, The Air Force

    Xiu Xiu () is an American experimental band, formed in 2002 by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart in San Jose, California. Currently, the line-up consists of Stewart (the only constant member since...  more
  • 6


    Doom metal, Rock music

    AlbumsDopesmoker, Sleep's Holy Mountain, Volume One, Dopesmoker, Volume Two

    Sleep is a stoner doom metal band from San Jose, California. Active during the 1990s, Sleep earned critical and record label attention early in their career. Critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes them...  more

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    Peanut Butter Wolf

    Hip hop music, Funk

    AlbumsMy Vinyl Weighs a Ton, Badmeaningood, Volume 3: Peanut Butter Wolf, Ladies First, The Best of Peanut Butter Wolf

    Christopher George Manak, better known by his stage name Peanut Butter Wolf, is an American disc jockey and record producer from San Jose, California. He is based in Los Angeles, where he moved to...  more
  • 8

    Michael Lewis

    Pop music, Smooth jazz
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    No Use for a Name

    Pop punk, Melodic hardcore

    AlbumsMore Betterness!, Hard Rock Bottom, Making Friends, Keep Them Confused, Leche con Carne

    No Use for a Name was a punk rock band from San Jose, California, United States formed in 1987 by Chris Dodge, Steve Papoutsis, Rory Koff and John Meyer. The band's sound evolved considerably through...  more
  • 10


    Hip hop music, West Coast hip hop

    AlbumsBig Shots Bonus EP, M-Town EP

    Charles Edward Hicks Jr. (July 6, 1973 – December 16, 1993), also known by his stage name Charizma, was an MC from Milpitas, California, United States. He is best known for his work with Peanut...  more

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  • 11


    Nintendocore, Dance-punk

    AlbumsTurtle Nipple and the Toxic Shock, Fuck It, Kids Kids Kids, Heavy Heavy Low Low, Heavy Heavy Low Low EP

    Heavy Heavy Low Low was an experimental thrash band from San Jose, California....  more
  • 12
    Nick 13 (Kearney Nick Jones) is the lead vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter of psychobilly band Tiger Army as well as a solo artist in the Americana/country genre....  more
  • 13

    Asbestos Death

    Doom metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsDejection / Unclean

    Asbestosdeath was an American sludge/doom metal band from San Jose, California, and the precursor to the highly influential Sleep....  more
  • 14

    Alan Chang

    Lounge music, Pop music
    Alan Peijei Chang (born December 4, 1979) is an American pianist and songwriter, best known for his work with Michael Bublé. Originally from San Jose, California, he graduated from the University of...  more
  • 15


    Pop music, Dance-pop
    5cero6 are an Costa Rican pop group, which formed in San José. The 5cero6 signed to Universal Records and released their debut single, "Le Pido a Dios", in 2002. The song went on to spend seven weeks...  more
  • 16


    Doom metal, Heavy metal

    AlbumsFailing Early, Failing Often, Live For Nothing, Erode the Person, Noothgrush

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    Sean Bonniwell

    Thomas Harvey "Sean" Bonniwell (August 16, 1940 – December 20, 2011) was an American singer-songwriter/guitarist, who was known as the creative force behind the 1960s garage rock band, The Music...  more
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    Ded Neyber

    Heavy metal, Hard rock
  • 19


    Rock music, Alternative rock
    Highcyde was an American alternative rock band from San Jose, California that formed in 2002. The band today consists of Jay Castillo, Tony Thompson, Kristopher Duarte, and Evan "Schlick" Von...  more
  • 20

    Abel Guier

    Alternative rock
    Abel Guier is the bass guitarist for the Costa Rican music group Gandhi and Mimayato. Abel joined Gandhi in 1996, before the recording of their first album El Jardín del Corazón. He knew the rest of...  more
  • 21


    World music

    AlbumsUno, En Vivo, Historias de Nadie, Un Día Lejano, Tierra Seca

    Malpaís is a band from Costa Rica. The music of Malpaís is part of the Costa Rica-contemporary compositions work, called by the band "Costarican new song". The musicians are trying to relate the...  more
  • 22


    Rock en Español, Alternative rock

    AlbumsAbsorbiendo La Magia, Dígalo, Mundo de Fantasía, Amor Artificial, Umbrales

    Evolución, a band that hails from San José, Costa Rica, started out in 1997. Their members originated in the underground alternative rock movement that struck the country in the early 90's. They...  more
  • 23


    Rock music, Hard rock

    AlbumsPleasure to Burn, Somewhere in Between, I Got the Music, Love Is the Answer

    Systematic were an American hard rock band from Oakland, California. They were one of the first signings to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's record label, The Music Company, via Elektra Records. The...  more
  • 24


    Rock en Español, Alternative rock

    AlbumsEl Jardín del Corazón, Páginas perdidas, Bios, Ciclos

    Gandhi is a Costa Rican rock band, formed in 1993, characterized for mixing diverse influences ranging from hard rock to Latin rhythms. Playing to audiences in Central America, Mexico, USA and the...  more
  • 25

    Sad Bastard Book Club

    The Sad Bastard Book Club, described by as the Skinny Puppy of Folk Music, and by their own members as "a doom metal band playing gothic-americana in Mexico", is a band based in the...