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List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

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List of Santa Cruz bands, listed by their level of fame. This Santa Cruz musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Santa Cruz bands are included, as well as many Santa Cruz musicians of underground status. This list of Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz 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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Scott Weiland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz
Genre: Rock music, Grunge & Neo-psychedelia; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 12 Bar Blues, Happy in Galoshes, Barbarella, A Compilation of Scott Weiland Cover Songs, + more

Scott Richard Weiland (; né Kline, October 27, 1967 – December 3, 2015) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. During a career spanning three decades, Weiland was best known as ...more

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Comets on Fire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: Avatar, Blue Cathedral, Field Recordings From the Sun, Comets on Fire, Live! From the West Coast 2002/2003, + more

Comets on Fire is an American noise rock band from Santa Cruz, California. The band was formed in 1999 by guitarist and vocalist Ethan Miller and longtime friend bassist Ben Flashman, who were ...more

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#1,770 of 2,211 The Best Rock Bands of All Time #34 of 38 The Best Bands Named After Stars, Planets, and Other Things in Outer Space #72 of 77 The Best Space Rock Bands

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Joy Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz
Genre: Christian music, Pop music & Folk rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Barton Hollow, By Surprise, Genesis, Joy Williams, We Mapped the World, + more

Joy Elizabeth Williams (born November 14, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter. The winner of four Grammy Awards, Williams has released four solo albums and four EPs since her self-titled ...more

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#196 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #322 of 1,043 The Best Singers of All Time #18 of 99 The Best Country Singers From California

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Good Riddance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: Ballads From the Revolution, Operation Phoenix, Bound by Ties of Blood and Affection, Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit, Good Riddance / Ensign, + more

Good Riddance may refer to: Good Riddance (film), Les Bons débarras, 1979 French-language Canadian drama film directed by Francis Mankiewicz Good Riddance (band), 1990s California punk ...more

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#2,055 of 2,179 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #215 of 390 The Best Punk Bands Of All Time #12 of 97 The Best Skate Punk Bands

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STS9 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: Live at Home, Artifact, The 13'20 Mixtape..., Peaceblaster, Greek Theatre, + more

Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) is an instrumental band whose sound is based heavily on instrumental rock and electronic music, funk, jazz, drum and bass, psychedelia, and hip hop, originating in ...more

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#31 of 73 The Best Jam Bands #202 of 234 The Best Instrumental Rock Bands/Artists #31 of 84 The Best Instrumental Rock Bands

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Estradasphere is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: Palace of Mirrors, Buck Fever, Quadropus, The Silent Elk of Yesterday, It's Understood, + more

Estradasphere was an experimental band that originated in Santa Cruz, California, during the late 1990s. The band, which in its last incarnation was based in Seattle, consisted of six ...more

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#113 of 118 The Best Experimental Rock Bands/Artists #81 of 419 The Best Experimental Bands/Artists #181 of 224 The Best Avant-garde Bands/Artists

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$wingin' Utter$ is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: BYO Split Series, Volume II, $wingin' Utter$, Live in a Dive, Five Lessons Learned, + more

Swingin' Utters (often typeset as $wingin' Utter$, and originally called Johnny Peebucks and the Swingin' Utters) is a Californian punk rock band that formed in the late 1980s. After a ...more
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Arsonists Get All the Gi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: The Game of Life, Portals, Hits From the Bow, Demo, Listen to the Color, + more

Arsonists Get All the Girls is an American deathcore band from Santa Cruz, California. Founded in 2005. They were previously signed to Century Media Records and released four full-length studio ...more

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#123 of 133 The Very Best Metalcore Bands #34 of 177 The Best Deathcore Bands #137 of 294 The Best Grindcore Bands

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Brain Drill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: Apocalyptic Feasting, Quantum Catastrophe, The Parasites

Brain Drill is an American death metal band formed in 2005 from Ben Lomond, California. They are signed to Metal Blade Records and released their full length debut album entitled Apocalyptic ...more

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#151 of 294 The Best Grindcore Bands #29 of 165 The Best Technical Death Metal Bands

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Craig's Brother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: Homecoming, Lost at Sea, E.P.idemic, The Insidious Lie, Keepin' It Real, + more

Craig's Brother is an American punk rock band. They have released three full length recordings internationally, two on Tooth & Nail Records and one self-released.
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Decrepit Birth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: Diminishing Between Worlds, ...and Time Begins, Polarity

Decrepit Birth is an American technical death metal band from Santa Cruz, California. They have released two studio albums through Unique Leader Records and one through Nuclear Blast, and a demo ...more

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#20 of 58 The Best Brutal Death Metal Bands #24 of 165 The Best Technical Death Metal Bands

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The Devil Makes Three is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: I’m a Stranger Here, The Devil Makes Three, Do Wrong Right, Longjohns, Boots, + more

The Devil Makes Three is an Americana band from Santa Cruz, California, United States. The group blends bluegrass, old time, country, folk, blues, jazz, ragtime, and rockabilly music. The ...more

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#80 of 180 The Best Indie Folk Bands & Artists #8 of 79 The Best Progressive Bluegrass Bands/Artists

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Bethany Curve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz

Albums: Skies a Crossed Sky, Gold, You Brought Us Here, Flaxen

Bethany Curve is a shoegaze and alternative rock band from Santa Cruz, California.
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The Ducks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz
The Ducks were a short-lived hard rock supergroup formed in the summer of 1977 by singer-songwriter Jeff Blackburn, and consisted of musicians Bob Mosley, Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, ...more
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The Vox Jaguars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz
The Vox Jaguars is a North American rock band that formed in Santa Cruz, California in 2006. They began by performing in local coffee houses and record stores. Their influences include The ...more

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Mammatus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Santa Cruz
Mammatus

Albums: Heady Mental, The Coast Explodes, Mammatus

Mammatus are a stoner or psychedelic rock band from Santa Cruz, California.