Columbia has an illustrious history of musical groups, with famous acts ranging from Vampire Weekend to, well, Vampire Weekend. But if you think Columbia's musical legacy begins and ends at “A-Punk,” these bands might change your mind.
Members: Magnus Ferguson, Reid Jenkins, and Robert Frech, all CC '14; Sam Sugerman, CC '17
Sound: American Mumford & Sons
Claim to fame: Opened for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Flosstradamus at last year's Bacchanal.
Members: Steven Bennett, Corinna Boylan, CC '15, Nathan Chan, and Maddie Tucker, CC '15 and part of the Columbia-Juilliard exchange; Justin Zhao, SEAS '15
Sound: Chart hits on cellos
Claim to fame: Reached the finals of a Maroon 5 spotlight contest.
Member: Nick Perloff, CC '16
Sound: Emotional trap
Claim to fame: Won national Campus DJ competition. Baauer and Krewella are fans.
Members: Jonah Belser, Prajit Gopal, Alex Roth, and Linan Qiu, all CC '16, and Ethan Kogan, CC '13
Sound: U2 with ragas
Claim to fame: Opened for Hoodie Allen during the Columbia Music Festival.
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Members: Corey Dansereau, CC '14, David Halpern, CC '13, Emilie Schattman, BC '15, Sahil Ansari, SEAS '15, Eli Aleinikoff, and Jon Perkins, both CC '15
Sound: “Confessional avant-folk”
Claim to fame: Recorded its debut EP, “Pixelated,” in its members' dorm rooms.
Members: Conrad Tao
Sound: Contemporary classical, synthpop
Claim to fame: All-around musical genius. Just check his Wikipedia page, where he's pictured with Hillary Clinton.
Members: Erika Thompson, Henry Murphy, Stephan Adamow, Cam Johnson, and P.J. Sauerteig, all CC '15
Sound: Experimental folk
Claim to fame: Professional music video for “I Can't Call You (I'm in the Army).”
Members: Zoe Camp, BC '14; Madeline Steinberg, BC '15; Miguel Gallego and Henry Van Dusen, both CC '15
Sound: Scuzzy, screamy garage
Claim to fame: Released an EP on cassette. In 2013. You go, guys.
Members: Andrew Jorquera, CC '16
Sound: Music to twerk to
Claim to fame: His salacious SoundCloud mixes.
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