46. The Walkmen
Years active: 2000 - present Influenced: A "New York" sound, folk and rock elements Hometown: New York City, New York Jam: "Blue As Your Blood." A study in how to break your own heart beautifully.
The unhurried, slow-building rock of The Walkmen led the group to become yet another distinctively New York band, growing in over-all acclaim in the last decade or so. Their incorporation of circuitous folk rock and anthematic climaxes results in a sound that is distinctly their own. Heavy on piano and vintage instrumentals, the group is reminiscent of earlier decades of rock music, but Hamilton Leithauser's warm and winding voice anchors them firmly in the present time. Slow celebrations and majestic claims—The Walkmen took rock and turned it royal again.