Los Angeles' place in the national music scene has been questioned in recent years; for a while, our hip-hop scene was said to have fallen off, and then we were an indie rock wasteland.
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But nobody can seriously claim that Los Angeles isn't an important player in the music conversation right now, if not dominating it. Pretty much across genres, local acts had some of the year's best albums in 2013, and not just transplants either, but primarily homegrown folk. What we're saying is that we probably could claim Yeezus if we wanted to, but there were so many other great local albums, we couldn't be bothered. -Ben WesthoffMore »