Best L.A. Musicians By Genre
Our Best Of L.A. issue is out. High five!
Among many other tidbits about what makes our city great in this special edition, you'll find our picks for L.A.'s best rockers, rappers, DJs, and other assorted music makers. There were a lot to choose from, but we narrowed it down to these artists:
See also: Best Music Venues in L.A.
Best Indie Band: Haim
The first thing to know: Haim rhymes with "time" and not "name." These three sisters from the Valley -- Este, 27, Danielle, 24, and Alana, 21 -- craft songs so fresh and compelling that they're poised to take over the indie-pop world. The comparisons they've garnered to Fleetwood Mac aren't without merit (check their fantastic cover of "Hold Me" for reference), but on their major-label debut, Days Are Gone, Haim have revealed themselves to be something all their own. From the stuttering echoes of "Falling" and the infectious clap-along chorus of "The Wire" to their newest songs, they're poised for domination. And, in a case of fortuitous timing, they've got a European tour opening for Phoenix in November. haimtheband.com. --Patrick James
See also: Our cover story on Haim
Best DJ: Kazell
L.A. has no shortage of globe-trotting spinners, from Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia to the American superstar du jour, Skrillex. Locals from Trent Cantrelle to Steve Prior, DJ Ruff to Droog can play a damn solid set, too. But, frankly, Kazell -- the Brit-born Kevin Bazell -- is L.A.'s only Michelin three-star chef de electronic cuisine. Maybe it's his experience touring the nation and parts of the world as an opener for such DJ's DJs as Sasha and John Digweed. But Kazell seems to understand that taking a club from silence to madness is a skill lost on the push-button, one-hour headliners who grace the festival circuit with their aural money shots. Subtle grooves give way to twisted, peak-hour monsters with Kazell, and you won't even realize you've just turned the corner. You can find him on occasional Saturdays at Avalon Hollywood. kazell.com. --Dennis Romero