36. TV On The Radio
Years active: 2001 - present Influenced: Post-punk and electronica Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Jam: "Wolf Like Me." That beat never quits and the snarling vocals and guitar riff are tempered only by a cave-like lull midway through.
Aside from having one of the best band names of all time, TV on the Radio took post-punk and imbued it with electronica and bleeding harmonies that fuzzed their way through loops and into the critical consciousness. Kyp Malone's visceral, raspy voice drives a line of intensity through the group's enormous sound, encompassing electro, soul and rock and wrapping it all in raging vocals. Their 2006 release Return to Cookie Mountain is largely considered to be their seminal album and features David Bowie along with many other well-known musicians. Their follow up record in 2008, Dear Science, received even more accolades. While the group was on hiatus, founding member Dave Sitek and Kyp Malone both released solo albums and pursued other production projects. Sadly, bassist Gerard Smith passed away in 2011 following a battle with lung cancer. The group plans to reunite this year to headline and curate All Tomorrow's Parties.