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  1. 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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  2. Local Natives (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
    Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

     Download Hummingbird on Amazon

     

  3. Classixx (Photograph: Courtesy Classixx)
    Photograph: Courtesy Classixx

     Download Hanging Gardens on Amazon

     

  4. Big Black Delta (Photograph: Courtesy Big Black Delta)
    Photograph: Courtesy Big Black Delta

     Download Big Black Delta [Explicit] on Amazon

     

  5. Capital Cities (Photograph: Courtesy Capital Cities)
    Photograph: Courtesy Capital Cities

     Download In A Tidal Wave of Mystery on Amazon

     

  6. Foxygen (Photograph: Courtesy Foxygen)
    Photograph: Courtesy Foxygen

     Download We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic [plus digital booklet] on Amazon

     

  7. Thundercat (Photograph: Courtesy Thundercat)
    Photograph: Courtesy Thundercat

     Download Apocalypse [Explicit] on Amazon

     

  8. Haim (Photograph: Courtesy Haim)
    Photograph: Courtesy Haim

     Download Days Are Gone on Amazon

     

  9. Rhye (Photograph: Courtesy Rhye)
    Photograph: Courtesy Rhye

     Download Woman [plus digital booklet] on Amazon

     

  10. Robert DeLong (Photograph: Courtesy Robert DeLong)
    Photograph: Courtesy Robert DeLong

     Download Just Movement on Amazon

     

  11. Fidlar (Photograph: Courtesy Fidlar)
    Photograph: Courtesy Fidlar

     Download Fidlar on Amazon

     

  12. Mikal Cronin (Photograph: Leo Docuyanan, courtesy Mikal Cronin)
    Photograph: Leo Docuyanan, courtesy Mikal Cronin

     Download MCII on Amazon

     

  13. Lord Huron (Photograph: Graeme Flegenheimer, courtesy Lord Huron)
    Photograph: Graeme Flegenheimer, courtesy Lord Huron

     Download Lonesome Dreams on Amazon

     

  14. Cayucas (Photograph: Courtesy Cayucas)
    Photograph: Courtesy Cayucas

     Download Bigfoot [plus digital booklet] on Amazon

     

  15. Shlohmo (Photograph: Courtesy Shlohmo)
    Photograph: Courtesy Shlohmo

     Download Laid Out EP on Amazon

     

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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