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Best of 2013: LA bands that hit it big this year

These LA-based performers made this year their bitch—and if you don't know, now you know the best of 2013.

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The musical zeitgeist never stays in one city too long (Brooklyn, wethinks your time is nearly up). Baltimore and Boston bands were well-represented this year, but the best of 2013 most definitely came from Los Angeles, with an insane number of new, noteworthy and dance-happy acts springing up from Silver Lake to the San Fernando Valley and everywhere between. These bands played the Echo and the Bootleg well before tweaker tweens were mispronouncing their names at Coachella. Boast that you knew them back when, or study up and catch up, as 2014's up-and-comers are already upon us. Here, the best LA bands of 2013.

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Local Natives (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
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Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Classixx (Photograph: Courtesy Classixx)
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Photograph: Courtesy Classixx
Big Black Delta (Photograph: Courtesy Big Black Delta)
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Photograph: Courtesy Big Black Delta
Capital Cities (Photograph: Courtesy Capital Cities)
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Photograph: Courtesy Capital Cities
Thundercat (Photograph: Courtesy Thundercat)
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Photograph: Courtesy Thundercat
Haim (Photograph: Courtesy Haim)
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Photograph: Courtesy Haim
Rhye (Photograph: Courtesy Rhye)
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Photograph: Courtesy Rhye
Robert DeLong (Photograph: Courtesy Robert DeLong)
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Photograph: Courtesy Robert DeLong
Fidlar (Photograph: Courtesy Fidlar)
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Photograph: Courtesy Fidlar
Mikal Cronin (Photograph: Leo Docuyanan, courtesy Mikal Cronin)
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Photograph: Leo Docuyanan, courtesy Mikal Cronin
Lord Huron (Photograph: Graeme Flegenheimer, courtesy Lord Huron)
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Photograph: Graeme Flegenheimer, courtesy Lord Huron
Cayucas (Photograph: Courtesy Cayucas)
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Photograph: Courtesy Cayucas
Shlohmo (Photograph: Courtesy Shlohmo)
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Photograph: Courtesy Shlohmo


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Dan
Dan

You should have mentioned The Neighborhood. Most of the guys in the band are from Simi.