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Indie Rock musicians turned TV stars (a list!)

There’s a long tradition of musicians turning into actors. Madonna, Meatloaf, Bjork, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Henry Rollins, Mariah Carey, Dwight Yoakim, Ice-T, Ludacris, to name a few, have had successful second careers as thespians. Lately though, this trend seems to be more popular than ever, dipping heavily into the indie rock world. You may have seen that Sharon Van Etten, Au Revoir Simone, Trent Reznor, and other indie-leaning artists will appear in the upcoming Showtime reboot of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Whether it’s speaking roles or they’re just playing the roadhouse where Julee Cruise would play in the original run of the series, remains to be seen. But it got us thinking about other shows use of indie rock musicians in front of the TV camera. Here are 10 prime examples (in the gallery above). Please leave more in the comments.

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