Bands From The Bay That You Should Know

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By Gus Turner & Constant Gardner

The San Francisco Bay Area includes the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, and is home to over 7 million people. Musically, the area is best known for the vibrant rock scene that went hand in hand '60s counterculture/hippie movement centered on San Francisco, and the hyphy scene, which includes nationally known artists like E-40 and Too $hort.

Scratch the surface a little, look past the hip-hop that area is now known for, and you'll find a buzzing, varied, and vibrant scene, full of great bands and producers who deserve a little more shine. From garage rock to pop to shoegaze to beats music, here are 15 artists from the Bay that you should know.

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