1. Consequence of Sound – Consequence of Sound is a Chicago-based online magazine featuring news, editorials, reviews of music and movies. In addition, the website also features the Festival Outlook micro-site, which serves as an on-line database for rumors. Consequence of Sound is listed by Technorati. In 2010, About.com ranked Consequence of Sound the year's best 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 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, Gorillaz would headline Arts Festival prior to its lineup announcement. In February 2012, the website launched a long form writing Aux.Out. In March 2012, the website launched its first-ever mobile app by Southwest. The website takes its name from the Regina Spektor song, "Consequence of Sounds". 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, entrepreneur. Music. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak. West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016. Outside of music have received significant attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct in public settings. He is the head of the creative DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to widespread media coverage. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone's 2012 update of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. He has also been 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.Kanye 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 producer from London. Overgrown was released in 2013 and was awarded the Mercury Prize. His third album The Colour in Anything was released in 2016. He has also released work under the moniker Harmonimix. He received his first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. At the 2014 Brit Awards, he was nominated for the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist. James Blake showed a strong interest and aptitude in music from a young age. On, Blake 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. Having been released on Hemlock, the extended-play became a favourite of BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson. As a second-year assignment for his studies at Goldsmiths, Blake submitted the soon-to-be-released Klavierwerke EP, awarded high marks. A third EP, entitled CMYK, was released during 2010. The track, "CMYK" was selected by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw as his Record of the Week and also received airplay from other DJs. On 29 Zane Lowe selected Blake's cover version of "Limit to Your Love" as his "Hottest Record in the World". The song was originally recorded by Feist and appeared on her studio album, The Reminder.James Blake (musician) – James Blake performing at Dockville, Germany, Hamburg, 2012
4. Frank Ocean – Christopher Francis "Frank" Ocean, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper. Ocean released his breakout mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, in 2011. It generated his first charting single "Novacane". In 2012, he finished in BBC's Sound of 2012 poll. Channel Orange, was released in July 2012 to critical acclaim and reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It was promoted with three singles: You", "Pyramids" and "Sweet Life". In 2016, he released the visual album Endless following several years of delays. Blonde was debuted at number one in the United States and the United Kingdom. He was born Christopher Edwin Breaux on October 28, 1987, to parents Calvin Edward Cooksey and Katonya Breaux. When he was around five years old, his family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. As a teenager, Ocean saved up money to rent studio time. As he recalled, "Oh man I had numerous hustles... Washing cars was one of them, mowing lawns and walking dogs." Ocean moved into its dormitory in 2005. He transferred to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.Frank Ocean – Ocean in December 2011
5. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels is an American hip hop supergroup formed in 2013 by rapper/producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike. They released Run the Jewels, as a free digital download in 2013. The album was followed by Run the Jewels 2 in 2014, also praised by critics. Run the Jewels 3, is scheduled for release on January 13, 2017. Killer Mike was first introduced to El-P in 2011. The following year, El-P produced Killer Mike's album, R.A.P. Music, soon followed by Killer Mike's appearance on the track "Tougher Colder Killer" from El-P's Cancer 4 Cure. When R.A.P. Music and Cancer 4 Cure were released within weeks of each other, the two rappers decided to tour together. The success of the tour eventually led to the decision to form the Jewels. On June 2013, Run the Jewels released their self-titled debut, Run The Jewels, on Fool's Gold Records as a free digital download. Run The Jewels 2, was released through Mass Appeal Records on October 24, 2014. A light-hearted album composed entirely of cat sounds titled Meow the Jewels was released on September 25, 2015. It features production from the likes of Prince Paul, Boots, Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, The Alchemist, Just Blaze and others. Proceeds from the album will go entirely to charity.Run 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 rapper and songwriter. He began to gain major recognition in 2010, after his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The following year, Lamar independently released his first studio album, Section.80, which included his debut single, "HiiiPoWeR". Lamar secured a major-label record deal with Aftermath and Interscope Records, in 2012. M.A.A.d city, was released to critical success. The record contained the top 40 singles "Swimming Pools", "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe", "Poetic Justice". It debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Preceded by the Grammy Award-winning single "i", Lamar released his third album To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015 to universal acclaim. 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, including seven Grammy Awards. 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. As a teenager, Lamar attended Centennial High School in Compton, where he was a straight-A student.Kendrick Lamar – Lamar performing at Way Out West in 2013
7. Chance the Rapper – Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, he began to gain recognition following the release of Acid Rap. They released the widely lauded Surf in May 2015. In May 2016, Bennett released the mixtape Coloring Book to critical acclaim. This is Bennett's third mixtape, which has received three Grammy nominations, including Best Rap Album. Coloring Book was the streaming-only album to ever receive a Grammy nomination. Chance the Rapper grew up on Chicago's South Side. Taylor Bennett, is also a Chicago rapper. Ken Williams-Bennett, was an aide to former Chicago mayor Harold Washington and worked for then-Senator Barack Obama. Williams-Bennett, now a deputy chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, dreamed that his son might one day hold office. In his year at Jones College Prep High School, Chance formed the hip-hop duo Instrumentality with a friend. Many of Chance's earliest performances took place at Harold Washington Library in Chicago. At Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. In December 2011, he released a song publicly announced his 10 Day project. In February 2012, Bennett was highlighted as one of Complex magazine's "10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For."Chance 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 eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments. Josh Abrams were added to the band. The Roots' work has consistently been met with critical acclaim. About.com ranked the band # 7 on its list of the 25 Best Hip-Hop Groups of All-Time, calling them "Hip-hop's legitimate band." They would busk out on the street corners with Questlove Tariq rapping over his rhythms. In 1992, they dropped the "Square" because a local group had claim to the name. Organix was the band's first album, sold independently in 1993. The band signed with DGC/Geffen. The Roots' first album for DGC, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was released in 1994. It was a moderate hit among alternative music fans, boosted at Lollapalooza. The band performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival that year. Beatboxer Rahzel and producer Scott Storch, joined The Roots. "What They Do" was also the group's first single to hit the Top 40 of Billboard's charts, reaching a peak of #34. While continuing on the path of live instrumentation, the album's sound was somewhat darker.The 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 as a one-man project following the death of Kurt Cobain and the resulting dissolution of his previous band. The band began in Portland, Oregon. Goldsmith quit during the recording of the group's second album, the Shape, when most of the drum parts were re-recorded by Grohl himself. Smear's departure followed afterward, though he would rejoin them in 2005. The band briefly continued as a trio until Chris Shiflett joined as the band's lead guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released One by One, in 2002. The group followed that release with the heavier material. Foo Fighters released Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. Wasting Light, produced by Butch Vig was released in 2011, in which Smear returned as a full member. In November 2014, Sonic Highways, was released as an accompanying soundtrack to the Grohl-directed 2014 miniseries of the same name. Over the course of the band's career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. As of 2015, the band's eight albums have sold million copies in the U.S. and 30 million worldwide. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl joined the grunge group Nirvana in 1990. During tours, he wrote songs.Foo 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, known by his name MC Ride, drummer and producer Zach Hill, co-producer Andy Morin. The band has featured guitarist Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos on their albums Fashion Week, Bottomless Pit. The band's music has been characterized as drawing on hip hop, industrial, punk, noise music. In 2015, The Skinny called them "the first truly important band of the twenty-first century". The group released the mixtape Exmilitary to critical acclaim. 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 "might make some more" music and later announced a world tour. They announced their fifth official studio album titled Bottomless Pit, released in May 2016. Death Grips was formed by Zach Hill, Andy Morin, Stefan Burnett. On the first day of their formation they recorded their first song, "Full Moon". It was released on March 2011 together with a video and a free self-titled EP which featured "Full Moon" together with five other songs. On April 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 live shows while Exmilitary was spreading steadily throughout the Internet.Death Grips – Death Grips performing in New York City in 2015
11. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and commercial success. Win Butler and Josh Deu originally founded Arcade Fire in Montreal around 2001, having first met at Phillips Exeter Academy as high school students. The first incarnation of the band was born. The duo began rehearsing their material at McGill University where they met a music student whom they asked to join them. Deu recalls, "Win and I played guitar. Everyone played guitar. She ended up saying yes to joining us, I don't know why. Maybe there was a little spark with Win." The trio began performing live in the second half of 2001. Tension between bassist Myles Broscoe led the latter to exit the band following the recording session. Around the same time, Joshua Deu left the band to continue his studies; he continued to collaborate on the visual aspects of the band. In the winter of 2003, the band celebrated the release of its EP with a show at Montreal's Casa del Popolo. Before a crowd packed beyond capacity, the band's set ended with an argument between Butler and Reed, who quit the on-stage. Mills told gathered friends in the crowd thereafter that he considered the band to have broken up, as such resigning from the band as well. The eponymous release was sold at early shows.Arcade 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, Anthony LaMarca. Founded by close collaborators Granduciel and Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs released Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Vile departed shortly after its release to focus on his career. The band's second studio album Slave Ambient was released to favorable reviews and extensive touring. The duo subsequently began writing, performing music together. Vile stated, "Adam was the first dude I met when I moved back in 2003. We saw eye-to-eye on a lot of things. We totally geeked-out on that. He would be in my band, The Violators. Eventually I played in The War On Drugs." Granduciel and Vile began playing as The War on Drugs in 2005. It was either The Rigatoni Danzas. I think we made the right choice. Vile has several solo albums.The War on Drugs (band) – Adam Granduciel from The War on Drugs
13. Tame Impala – Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic band created by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, produces the music. As a act, the project consists of Parker, Jay Watson, Dominic Simper, Cam Avery, Julien Barbagallo. Previously signed to Modular Recordings, Tame Impala is signed to Fiction Records in the UK. Lonerism, was also acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Currents, was released on 17 July 2015. Parker won the APRA Award for Song of the Year 2016 for the album's first track "Let Happen". The origins of the band can be found in the Perth scene. Parker played in a number of one being the Dee Dee Dums, a rock duo that consisted of Parker and Luke Epstein. He posted a number of tracks on Myspace. Eventually, he signed a worldwide deal with the independent Modular Recordings in July 2008. To transfer these recordings to a live-stage, Parker began playing at some local gigs. The signing was soon followed in September 2008. Many believed it to be called "Antares Mira Sun". The art is meant to be a painting; an interpretation of a diagram, so those labels are just there to make the diagram make sense.Tame Impala – Tame Impala performing in 2014
14. E Street Band – The E Street Band is an American rock band, has been musician Bruce Springsteen's primary backing band since 1972. The band was inducted in 2014. It was not formally named until September 1974. The original lineup included Garry Tallent, Clarence Clemons, Danny Federici, David Sancious. The band took its name from the street in New Jersey, where Sancious' mother lived. She allowed the band to rehearse in her garage. The Sancious house was at 1107 E Street with the garage squeezed between the southside fence. Springsteen's debut Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. appeared in 1972, the band's national tour began in October 1972. Sancious, even though he played on the album, missed that first tour. It was not until June 1973 that he began appearing regularly on stage with the band. In February 1974, Lopez was briefly 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 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 been had played in previous bands with him, officially joined the band in July 1975.E Street Band – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the end of a performance, 2009