A Comprehensive List of Wisconsin Indie Rock Artists

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A list of of some of the best Wisconsin Indie Rock artists that you need to be listening to, including links to their music.


Wisconsin has long been a breeding ground for indie rock artists, with many bands and musicians finding success both regionally and nationally. The state has produced a number of well-known indie rock acts, including Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes, and Vampire Weekend.

In recent years, the Wisconsin indie rock scene has continued to flourish, with many new artists emerging and making a name for themselves. This comprehensive list provides an overview of some of the most noteworthy indie rock acts from Wisconsin.


Wisconsin’s largest city is home to a vibrant and thriving music scene, with a particularly strong focus on indie rock. The following is a comprehensive list of some of the best Milwaukee indie rock bands to check out.

-The Violent Femmes
-Husker Du
-The Replacements
-Soul Asylum
-The Hold Steady
-The Decemberists
-Death Cab for Cutie
– Modest Mouse
– Elliott Smith


The capital city of Wisconsin, Madison, is unsurprisingly home to a number of prominent musical acts, many of whom are in the indie rock genre. Some notable Madison-based indie rock bands and artists include:

-The Gomers
-Halo and the Harpooners
-The Hussy
-Fire Retarded
-No No help Desk

Other Cities

-The Gizmos
-The Goo Goo Dolls

-Ani DiFranco
-They Might Be Giants

Beaver Dam
-Cheap Trick

Eau Claire
-Bon Iver
-La Dispute

Fond du Lac
-The Get Up Kids


In conclusion, this list represents a wide variety of Wisconsin indie rock artists that are definitely worth checking out. From the experimental sounds of Violent Femmes to the lo-fi indie pop of Whitney, there is something for everyone on this list. So if you’re ever in the mood for some good music from the Midwest, be sure to give these artists a listen.

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