1. Consequence of Sound – Consequence of Sound is a Chicago-based online magazine featuring news, editorials, and reviews of music and movies. In addition, the website features the Festival Outlook micro-site. The website takes its name from the Regina Spektor song, Consequence of Sounds. The site was founded in September 2007 by Alex Young—who now has the role of the sites CEO and publisher—and it has a staff of over 50 writers, editors, graphic designers. In February 2012, the website launched a long form writing section, in March 2012, the website launched its first-ever mobile app at South by Southwest. Consequence of Sound is listed as one of the most influential music websites by Technorati, in 2010, About. com ranked Consequence of Sound the years best music blog, based on Technorati rankings and the online buzz throughout the year. In the Spring of 2014, Style of Sound calculated that Consequence of Sound charted as the No.2 Most Influential Music Blog, a popular feature of Consequence of Sound is the Festival Outlook, posting rumors regarding bands playing music festivals. However, it has caused some controversy, in 2009, CoS reported that Paul McCartney and The Killers would headline the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival prior to its lineup announcement. In 2010, CoS reported that Muse, Jay-Z, and Gorillaz would headline the 2010 Coachella Valley Music, official website Consequence of Sound on Facebook Consequence of Sound on TwitterConsequence of Sound – Consequence of Sound
2. Kanye West – Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, and 808s & Heartbreak. In 2010, he released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rave reviews from critics, West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016, Wests outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media and he is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to media coverage. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time, three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stones 2012 update of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. He has also included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015, West was born on June 8,1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was three years old, after the divorce, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was later a Christian counselor, and in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland with startup capital from his son. West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois after living in Chicago. At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, according to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it. When asked about his grades in school, West replied, I got As. West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age and his mother recalled that she first took notice of Wests passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade. Growing up in Chicago, West became deeply involved in its hip hop scene and he started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artistsKanye West – West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
3. James Blake (musician) – James Blake Litherland, known as James Blake, is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer from London. He first received recognition in 2010 for a trio of dubstep-influenced EPs, and his second studio album Overgrown was released in 2013 and was awarded the Mercury Prize. His third studio album The Colour in Anything was released in 2016, Blake has also released remix work under the moniker Harmonimix. Blake received his second Grammy Award nomination at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, at the 2014 Brit Awards, Blake was nominated for the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist. James Blake is the son of musician James Litherland, and showed a strong interest and he received classical training in piano as a child, and completed primary education at Grange Park Primary School, Winchmore Hill and secondary education at The Latymer School, Edmonton. Later on, he attended Goldsmiths, University of London, where he received a degree in Popular Music, while at school, Blake and friends hosted a series of Bass Society music nights that featured UK artists such as Distance, Skream and Benga. Blake began his career by releasing his debut 12 record, entitled Air & Lack Thereof in the United Kingdom during July 2009. Having been released on the imprint record label, Hemlock, the became a favourite of BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson. Soon after the release of the record Blake was invited by Peterson to do a mix on his international show. As a second-year composition assignment for his studies at Goldsmiths, he submitted the soon-to-be-released Klavierwerke EP, a third EP, entitled CMYK, was released through R&S Records during 2010. The title track, CMYK was selected by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw as his Record of the Week, on 29 September 2010, Zane Lowe selected Blakes cover version of Limit to Your Love as his Hottest Record in the World. The song was written and originally recorded by Feist and appeared on her studio album, the single was released in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2010, where it debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 47. It was also revealed on 15 December 2010 that Blake had been made the runner-up behind singer-songwriter Jessie J at the BRIT Awards Critics Choice, in January 2011, Blake was awarded Single of the Year for CMYK at Gilles Petersons Worldwide Awards. Blake revealed in late December 2010 that his album would be self-titled, only days after the original announcement was made, the album was leaked onto the internet. On 9 January 2011, The Wilhelm Scream was trailed as the second single. In February 2011, James Blake first appeared on the cover of the publication The Fader and these included Deeds, Olivia Kept, and Evening Fell Hard for Us. During the final weeks of 2012, James Blake performed three intimate shows where he debuted new songs, later that year, Blake released both the Enough Thunder and Love What Happened Here EPs in 2011. These EPs, noticeably more structured than his previous releases, featured R&B-tinged work as opposed to the electronic style found on CMYKJames Blake (musician) – James Blake performing at Dockville, Germany, Hamburg, 2012
4. Frank Ocean – Christopher Francis Frank Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. Known for his musical style, Ocean first embarked on a career as a ghostwriter. He released his mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, to critical acclaim in 2011. It generated his first charting single Novacane, in 2012, Ocean finished in second place in BBCs Sound of 2012 poll. His debut studio album, Channel Orange, was released in July 2012 to critical acclaim and it was promoted with three singles, Thinkin Bout You, Pyramids and Sweet Life. In 2016, Ocean released the visual album Endless alongside his studio album Blonde. Blonde was acclaimed by critics, and debuted at one in the United States. Ocean was born Christopher Edwin Breaux on October 28,1987, in Long Beach, California to parents Calvin Edward Cooksey, when he was around five years old, he and his family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. He grew up around its local jazz scene and listened to his mothers CDs on her car stereo, including albums by Celine Dion, Anita Baker, as a teenager, he did neighborhood chores and saved up money to rent studio time. As he recalled, Oh man I had numerous hustles, washing cars was one of them, and mowing lawns and walking dogs. He enrolled in the University of New Orleans and moved into its dormitory in 2005, shortly after he enrolled in the university, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and he transferred to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Oceans hometown of New Orleans and his facility was destroyed by floodwater. He recorded some demos at a studio and shopped them around Los Angeles. After getting a deal, he started working with other record producers and wrote songs for artists such as Justin Bieber, John Legend, Brandy. Ocean later said of his work at the time, There was a point where I was composing for other people, and it might have been comfy to continue to do that and enjoy that income stream and the anonymity. But thats not why I moved away from school and away from family and he has also worked with artists such as Nas and Pharrell Williams. Ocean joined Los Angeles-based hip hop collective Odd Future, whom he had met in 2009 and his friendship with Odd Future member Tyler, The Creator reinvigorated Oceans songwriting. In late 2009, he met Tricky Stewart, who helped him sign a contract with Def Jam Recordings as a solo artist, on February 18,2011, Ocean released his first mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, to critical acclaimFrank Ocean – Ocean in December 2011
5. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels, also known by the initialism RTJ, is an American hip hop supergroup formed in 2013 by rapper/producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike. They released their debut studio album, Run the Jewels. The album was followed by Run the Jewels 2 in 2014 and their third album, Run the Jewels 3, was released digitally on December 24,2016, while a physical release appeared on January 13,2017. Killer Mike was first introduced to El-P by Cartoon Network executive Jason DeMarco, the following year, El-P produced Killer Mikes album, R. A. P. Music, which was followed by Killer Mikes appearance on the track Tougher Colder Killer from El-Ps Cancer 4 Cure. Music and Cancer 4 Cure were released within weeks of each other, the success of the tour eventually led to the decision to form Run the Jewels. On June 26,2013, Run the Jewels released their debut, Run The Jewels. Their follow-up record, Run The Jewels 2, was released through Mass Appeal Records on October 24,2014, a light-hearted remix album composed entirely of cat sounds titled Meow the Jewels was released on September 25,2015. It features guest production from the likes of Prince Paul, Boots, Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, The Alchemist, Just Blaze, proceeds from the album will go entirely to charity. They also announced the release of a remix album of Run the Jewels 2. Killer Mike revealed that the duo would work on Run the Jewels 3 in January 2015. Run the Jewels released an exclusive 12-inch on April 18,2015 in conjunction with Record Store Day, the record included a new track in addition to three previously-released songs. The duo has released a track as part of the yearly Adult Swim Singles Program every year since 2013. 2014 saw the release of the single from Run the Jewels 2, Oh My Darling Dont Cry. In 2016, the program was again used to release the lead single from an upcoming album. Run the Jewels supported Jack White on January 30,2015 at Madison Square Garden, in early 2015, it was announced that the band would perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June. Trackstar the DJ served as Run the Jewels DJ during their RTJ2 tour, Run the Jewels 3 was digitally released on December 24,2016, three weeks prior to its previously announced release date of January 13,2017. Physical release of the album appeared on January 13 in the United States,30 artists were invited to participate in the movement, creating large murals on six continentsRun the Jewels – Killer Mike (left) and El-P (right) as Run the Jewels at Treefort Music Fest.
6. Kendrick Lamar – Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is an American hip hop recording artist and songwriter. He began to gain recognition in 2010, after his first retail release, the following year, Lamar independently released his first studio album, Section.80, which included his debut single, HiiiPoWeR. By that time, he had amassed a large Internet following and collaborated with artists in the hip hop industry, including The Game, Snoop Dogg. Lamar secured a record deal with Aftermath and Interscope Records. His major-label debut, good kid, m. A. A. d city, was released in October 2012 to critical success and it debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The record contained the top 40 singles Swimming Pools, Bitch, Dont Kill My Vibe, Lamar won his first Grammy Award for i, lead single from his critical acclaimed third album To Pimp a Butterfly. The album drew on jazz, funk, soul, and spoken word, debuted atop the charts in the US and the UK. In 2016, Lamar released untitled unmastered, a collection of unreleased demos that originated during the recording sessions for Butterfly. Lamar has received a number of accolades over the course of his career, in early 2013, MTV named Lamar the number one Hottest MC in the Game, on their annual list. Time named Lamar one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, Lamar was born in Compton, California, the son of a couple from Chicago, Illinois. His first name was given to him by his mother in honor of singer Eddie Kendricks. In 1995, at the age of eight, Lamar witnessed his idols, Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre, film the video for their hit single California Love. He grew up on welfare and section 8 housing, as a child, Lamar attended McNair Elementary in the Compton Unified School District. As a teenager, Lamar went on to attend Centennial High School in Compton, in 2004, at the age of 16, Lamar released his first full-length project, a mixtape titled Youngest Head Nigga in Charge, under the pseudonym K-Dot. The mixtape was released under Konkrete Jungle Muzik and garnered recognition for Lamar. The mixtape led to Lamar securing a contract with Top Dawg Entertainment. He began recording material with the label and subsequently released a 26 track mixtape two years later, titled Training Day. Throughout 2006 and 2007, Lamar would appear alongside other up-and-coming West Coast rappers, such as Jay Rock and Ya Boy, under the moniker K-Dot, Lamar was also featured on The Games songs The Cypha and Cali NiggazKendrick Lamar – Lamar performing at Way Out West in 2013
7. Chance the Rapper – In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of his second mixtape, Acid Rap. Apart from his career, he is also a member of the Chicago collective Save Money. They released the widely lauded album Surf in May 2015, in May 2016, Bennett released his third mixtape Coloring Book to further critical acclaim. It earned him three Grammy awards, including for Best Rap Album, Coloring Book was the first streaming-only album to ever receive and win a Grammy nomination. Chance the Rapper grew up in the neighborhood of West Chatham on Chicagos South Side. His younger brother, Taylor Bennett, is also a Chicago rapper and his father, Ken Williams-Bennett, was an aide to former Chicago mayor Harold Washington and worked for then-Senator Barack Obama. Williams-Bennett, who is now a deputy chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in his freshman year at Jones College Prep High School, Chance formed the hip-hop duo Instrumentality with a friend. Many of Chances earliest performances took place at the YOUmedia Lyricist Loft at Harold Washington Library in Chicago, at Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. Following a 10-day suspension in early 2011 during his year for possessing marijuana on campus, Bennett recorded his first full-length project. In December 2011, he released a song titled Windows, in February 2012, Bennett was highlighted as one of Complex magazines 10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For. Bennett says he spent about eight months recording, writing and making connections off of the hunger to put out something, Bennett released the mixtape on April 3,2012 and it has since been downloaded over 300,000 times via Datpiff. The mixtape was well received locally and helped Bennett make connections with such as Chuck Inglish, Kenny Jame$. The mixtape grabbed the attention of Forbes magazine, which featured it in the publications Cheap Tunes column, in July 2012, Bennett appeared on American rapper Childish Gambinos sixth mixtape, Royalty, on the track, called They Dont Like Me. Gambino asked Bennett to join on his first concert tour of North America as his opening act, on April 30,2013, Chance released his second mixtape, Acid Rap, on DatPiff. Since the release of his mixtape, the record has been downloaded one million times. Chance enlisted the guest vocalists from Twista, Vic Mensa, Saba, BJ the Chicago Kid, Action Bronson, Childish Gambino, Acid Rap was strongly praised by music critics and fans alike. At Metacritic, the received an average score of 86, based on 21 critics. It was also nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013s BET Hip Hop Awards, on May 6,2013, after being featured as the hidden track on Acid Rap, which is a song, titled ParanoiaChance the Rapper – Chance The Rapper performing live in 2013.
8. The Roots – The Roots is an American hip hop group, formed in 1987 by Tariq Black Thought Trotter and Ahmir Questlove Thompson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The Roots are known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments, Leonard Hub Hubbard, and Josh Abrams were added to the band. The Roots served as the band on NBCs Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014. The Roots work has consistently met with critical acclaim. About. com ranked the band #7 on its list of the 25 Best Hip-Hop Groups of All-Time, the Roots originated in Philadelphia with Ahmir Questlove Thompson and Tariq Black Thought Trotter while they were both attending the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. They would busk out on the corners with Questlove playing bucket drums. In 1992, they dropped the Square because a local group had claim to the name. Organix was the bands first album, released and sold independently in 1993 and it drew offers from music labels, and the band signed with DGC/Geffen. The Roots first album for DGC, Do You Want More. was released in 1994 and it was a moderate hit among alternative music fans, boosted by the groups appearance at Lollapalooza. The band performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival that year, touring guests, beatboxer Rahzel and producer Scott Storch, joined The Roots. What They Do was also the groups first single to hit the Top 40 of Billboards charts, while continuing on the path of live instrumentation, the albums sound was somewhat darker. The group released Things Fall Apart in 1999 and this was their breakthrough album, peaking at No.4 on the Billboard 200 charts and earning a gold record, signifying U. S. sales of at least 500,000 units. The album was certified platinum in April,2013. Mos Def contributed to the track entitled Double Trouble, the track Act Two features African-Belgian band Zap Mama and Common. The track You Got Me, a duet with R&B singer Erykah Badu and Eve and Jill Scott intended by Black Thought for the unconscious population, peaked at No.39 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. At the 42nd Grammy Awards You Got Me won the award for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group, steve Huey of the website allmusic. com perceived a strong affinity for the neo-soul movement in the album. First-time cameos on Things Fall Apart for Philadelphia natives Beanie Sigel, after this album, Dice Raw left the collective to record his solo debut album Reclaiming the Dead. In the summer, the performed at the Woodstock 99 concert in New York stateThe Roots – The Roots performing in Toronto, Ontario on March 24, 2007.
9. Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl as a project following the dissolution of Nirvana after the death of Kurt Cobain. The group got its name from the UFOs and various phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon, Goldsmith quit during the recording of the groups second album, The Colour and the Shape, when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smears departure followed soon afterward, though he would rejoin them in 2005 and they were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl was fired before the recording of the groups third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its album, One by One, in 2002. The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor, Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. The bands seventh album, Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011. In November 2014, the eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name. Over the course of the career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. As of 2015, the eight albums have sold 12 million copies in the U. S. and 30 million worldwide. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl joined the grunge group Nirvana as its drummer in 1990, during tours, he took a guitar with him and wrote songs. Grohl held back these songs from the rest of the band, he said in 1997, I was in awe of, I thought it was best that I kept my songs to myself. Grohl occasionally booked studio time to record demos and covers of songs he liked, frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8,1994, and Nirvana subsequently disbanded. Grohl received offers to work with artists, press rumors indicated he might be joining Pearl Jam and he almost accepted a permanent position as drummer in Tom Petty. Ultimately Grohl declined and instead entered Robert Lang Studios in October 1994 to record fifteen of the forty songs he had written. With the exception of a part on X-Static, played by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, Dave Grohl played every instrumentFoo Fighters – Foo Fighters performing in November 2007. From left to right: Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel
10. Death Grips – Death Grips is an experimental hip hop group from Sacramento, California, formed in 2010. The group consists of rapper/vocalist Stefan Burnett, drummer/producer/songwriter Zach Hill, the band has featured guitarist Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos on their albums Fashion Week, Jenny Death and Bottomless Pit. Their musical style draws on hip hop, punk, electronic, noise, in 2015, The Skinny called them the first truly important band of the twenty-first century. The group released the mixtape Exmilitary in April 2011 and their debut album The Money Store the following year. Shortly after signing to Epic Records in 2012, the group leaked their second album No Love Deep Web for free download in breach of their contract and were dropped from the label. They released their third album Government Plates in 2013, following several broken performance commitments, the group announced their disbanding in July 2014 along with the release of their fourth album The Powers That B. However, in March 2015 the group revealed that they make some more music. Later that year, they announced their official studio album titled Bottomless Pit. Death Grips was formed in Sacramento, California on December 21,2010, by Zach Hill, Andy Morin, on the first day of their formation they recorded their first song, Full Moon. It was released on March 8,2011 together with a video, on April 25,2011, Death Grips released a free mixtape entitled Exmilitary, containing several tracks from the EP along with new cuts. Throughout the spring and early summer in 2011, Death Grips played small live shows while Exmilitary was spreading throughout the Internet. It received several favorable ratings from critics, with NBCNewYork. com calling it an intense. During this time the members were largely elusive, the only known member being Hill. The first album, The Money Store, was released on April 21,2012 while the songs Blackjack, Get Got, Music videos have been released for all three, as well as the track Lost Boys alone with no video accompaniment. They spent the four months recording their next album, No Love Deep Web. A video for track was released on October 17 featuring animation from Galen Pehrson. This project was created for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, on October 1, the band self-released their sophomore effort via a website which they linked to from Twitter and Soundcloud, and various filesharing services including BitTorrent. This was apparently an effort to bypass the fact that their label was unwilling to release the album until 2013Death Grips – Death Grips performing in New York City in 2015
11. Arcade Fire – Founded in 2001 by friends and classmates Win Butler and Josh Deu, the band came to prominence in 2004 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Funeral. Their second studio album, Neon Bible, won them the 2008 Meteor Music Award for Best International Album and their third studio album, The Suburbs, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and commercial success. It received many accolades, including the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year, Win Butler and Josh Deu founded Arcade Fire in Montreal around 2001, having first met at Phillips Exeter Academy as high school students. Both attended Concordia University, where their musical ideas began to develop, the duo began rehearsing their material at McGill University where they met Régine Chassagne, a music student whom they asked to join them. Deu recalls, Win and I played guitar and we had no music to show her, but she ended up saying yes to joining us, and I don’t know why. Maybe there was a spark with Win. The trio recorded a set of demos and began performing live in the half of 2001. The initial Montreal structure of the band began to dissolve in the summer of 2002, tension between Butler and bassist Myles Broscoe led the latter to exit the band following the recording session. Richard Reed Parry, who had enlisted to help the band record, began to collaborate with them during the sessions. Around the same time, Joshua Deu left the band to continue his studies, in the winter of 2003, the band celebrated the release of its EP with a show at Montreals Casa del Popolo. Before a crowd packed beyond capacity, the set ended with an argument between Butler and Reed, who quit the band on-stage. Mills told gathered friends in the crowd immediately thereafter that he considered the band to have broken up, the eponymous release was sold at early shows. After the band achieved fame, the EP was subsequently remastered, the promise shown by the new band in its early live shows allowed them to land a record contract with the independent record label, Merge Records, before the end of its first year together. When asked about the rumour that the name refers to a fire in an arcade, Win Butler replied, Its not a rumour. Its not an event, but one that I took to be real. I would say that its something that the kid made up. Funeral was released in September 2004 in Canada and February 2005 in Great Britain, the title of the debut album referred to the deaths of several relatives of band members during its recording. These events created an atmosphere that influenced songs such as Une année sans lumière, In the BackseatArcade Fire – Arcade Fire in 2010
12. The War on Drugs (band) – The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005. The band consists of Adam Granduciel, David Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Jon Natchez, founded by close collaborators Granduciel and Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs released their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Vile departed shortly after its release to focus on his solo career, the bands second studio album Slave Ambient was released in 2011 to favorable reviews and extensive touring. In 2003, frontman Adam Granduciel moved from Oakland, California to Philadelphia, where he met Kurt Vile, the duo subsequently began writing, recording and performing music together. Vile stated, Adam was the first dude I met when I moved back to Philadelphia in 2003 and we saw eye-to-eye on a lot of things. I was obsessed with Bob Dylan at the time, and we totally geeked-out on that and we started playing together in the early days and he would be in my band, The Violators. Then, eventually I played in The War On Drugs, Granduciel and Vile began playing as The War on Drugs in 2005. Regarding the bands name, Granduciel noted, My friend Julian and I came up with it a few years ago over a couple bottles of red wine and a few typewriters when we were living in Oakland. We were writing a lot then, working on a dictionary. It was either that or The Rigatoni Danzas, I think we made the right choice. Granduciel had previously toured and recorded with The Capitol Years, the group gave away its Barrel of Batteries EP for free early in 2008. Their debut LP for Secretly Canadian, Wagonwheel Blues, was released in 2008, I knew if I stuck with that, it would be all my time and my goal was to have my own musical career. The lineup underwent several changes, and by the end of 2008, Kurt Vile, Charlie Hall, at that time Granduciel and Hartley were joined by drummer Mike Zanghi, whom Granduciel also played with in Kurt Viles backing band, the Violators. After recording much of the forthcoming studio album, Slave Ambient. Drummer Steven Urgo subsequently joined the band, with keyboardist Robbie Bennett also joining at around this time, regarding Zanghis exit, Granduciel noted, I loved Mike, and I loved the sound of The Violators, but then he wasnt really the sound of my band. But you have things like friendship, and hes down to tour and hes a great guy, Slave Ambient was released to favorable reviews in 2011. In 2012, Patrick Berkery replaced Urgo as the bands drummer, on 4 December 2013 the band announced the upcoming release of its third studio album, Lost in the Dream. The band streamed the album in its entirety on NPRs First Listen site for a week before its release, Lost in the Dream was featured as the Vinyl Me, Please record of the month in August 2014The War on Drugs (band) – Adam Granduciel from The War on Drugs
13. Tame Impala – Tame Impala are an Australian psychedelic band created by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs. As a touring act, the project consists of Parker, Jay Watson, Dominic Simper, Cam Avery, previously signed to Modular Recordings, Tame Impala is signed to Interscope Records in the US, and Fiction Records in the UK. After a series of singles and EPs, in 2010, Tame Impala released their studio album, Innerspeaker. The groups 2012 follow-up, Lonerism, was acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia. The bands third album, Currents, was released on 17 July 2015, Parker won the APRA Award for Song of the Year 2016 for the albums first track Let It Happen. The origins of the band can be found in the Perth music scene, Parker played in a number of bands, one being the Dee Dee Dums, a rock duo that consisted of Parker and Luke Epstein. Tame Impala emerged in 2007 as a Kevin Parker home-recording project in this period and this brought interest from a number of labels and eventually, he signed a worldwide deal with the independent Modular Recordings in July 2008. To transfer these recordings to a live-stage, Parker enlisted the help of Dominic Simper and Jay Watson, the signing was soon followed by the release of their self-titled debut EP in September 2008. Due to Parkers original artwork there was confusion with the EP title. The artwork is an interpretation of a slide he saw in an astronomy lecture, the cover art is meant to be a painting, an interpretation of a diagram, so those labels are just there to make the diagram make sense. But lo and behold, there were coming out saying And Tame Impalas new EP Antares, Mira. Tame Impala appeared on Triple Js Hottest 100 list in 2008—their first appearance on the list— with Half Full Glass of Wine at number 75, the song is also on the Hottest 100 compilation album. Tame Impalas first single, Sundown Syndrome, was recorded at Toerag Studios in London, UK, with recording engineer Liam Watson, Sundown Syndrome was premiered by Richard Kingsmill on his 2009 show on Triple J on Sunday 10 May 2009. The song was released in July 2009 on vinyl, and digitally with a cover of Remember Me by DJ Blue Boy. The band then headlined the inaugural Rottofest in August 2009, a comedy, film. Following Rottofest, they embarked on a tour through September and October 2009 in support of the single. Remember Me appeared at number 78 on Triple Js Hottest 100 for 2009, Sundown Syndrome was included on the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film The Kids Are All RightTame Impala – Tame Impala performing in 2014
14. E Street Band – The E Street Band is an American rock band, and has been musician Bruce Springsteens primary backing band since 1972. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. S, Bonds, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, The Grateful Dead, Santana, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Lady Gaga and Aretha Franklin. The E Street Band was founded in October 1972, but it was not formally named until September 1974, Springsteen has put together other backing bands during his career, but the E Street Band has been together more or less continuously since its inception. The original lineup included Garry Tallent, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, Vini Mad Dog Lopez, the band took its name from the street in Belmar, New Jersey, where Sancious mother lived. She allowed the band to rehearse in her garage, ‘Bruce’ tourists to the area often mistakenly believe the house was on the corner of E Street and 10th Avenue, perhaps due to the song Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out about the bands beginnings. The Sancious house was at 1107 E Street with the garage squeezed between the house and the southside fence, Springsteens debut Greetings from Asbury Park, N. J. appeared in 1972, and the bands first national tour began in October 1972. Sancious, even though he played on the album, missed that first tour and it was not until June 1973 that he began appearing regularly on stage with the band. In February 1974, Lopez was asked to resign, and was replaced by Ernest Boom Carter. A few months later, in August 1974, Sancious and Carter left to form their own jazz band called Tone. They were replaced in September 1974 by Roy Bittan and Max Weinberg, violinist Suki Lahav was briefly a member of the band before leaving in March 1975 to emigrate to Israel. Steven Van Zandt, who had long associated with Springsteen and had played in previous bands with him. This lineup remained stable until the early 1980s when Van Zandt left to pursue his own career and he would later rejoin the band in 1995. In June 1984 Nils Lofgren was added to replace Van Zandt, Springsteens future wife, by 2002, the band also included Soozie Tyrell. Tyrell had earlier worked with Scialfa touring with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, whether Tyrell became as full-fledged a member as the others remains unclear. When asked about the lack of mention in a release prior to the Magic Tour, Springsteen just said in response. Springsteen stated at the time, Danny is one of the pillars of our sound and has played beside me as a friend for more than 40 years. We all eagerly await his healthy and speedy return, Federici made his only return to the stage on March 20,2008, when he appeared for portions of a Springsteen and E Street Band performance at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Federici died on April 17,2008 at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Springsteens album, Working on a Dream, is dedicated to himE Street Band – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the end of a performance, 2009