But while the intoxicated masses were singing along to well-known songs about pumped up kicks and boyfriends, a handful of up-and-comers showed us there's something new under the sun in L.A. music. Here are the three best local bands at Outside Lands.3. Grouplove
If L.A. is a city of transplants, then Grouplove are fine ambassadors. The eclectic pop quintet has spent time in Brooklyn, London and even Greece, where the gang met during a summer art residency. They eventually relocated to L.A. to make music together, and their sound--something between Arcade Fire and Architecture in Helsinki, with a healthy dose of funk--quickly caught on. Their debut LP drops Sept. 13 on Atlantic, and they've already had tunes on shows like Entourage. Their Outside Lands gig was easily the most joy-filled set of the entire fest, and it was hard to tell who was having more fun: the band or the crowd. Grouplove just might represent the death of irony in L.A. music, and we couldn't be more ready for 'em.
You can catch Grouplove Thursday, Sept. 22 at The Wiltern
2. Ximena Sariñana
Ximena Sariñana isn't just another indie-cute singer/songwriter chick. Born in Guadalajara and raised partially in L.A., the 25-year-old already has an impressive creative track record: she enjoyed success as a child actress in Mexico before moving on to front the jazz-funk band Feliz No Cumpleaños. She released her first solo record -- Mediocre, which is in Spanish -- in 2008, to critical acclaim, and her self-titled English debut dropped earlier this month.
Though that album is just a couple of weeks old, the songstress drew a huge crowd at Outside Lands, who eagerly sang along in both languages.
Sariñana herself is shy, similarly to Joanna Newsom, hiding behind her keyboard and a pair of geek-chic glasses. But songs like the smoldering "Tuo Y Yo" reveal a voice that is always subtle, deep and seductive. She's fiercely intelligent and wise, making comparisons to Fiona Apple easy, but the music itself is as diverse as her background. From pensive electro numbers like "Echo Park" to the piano pop of "Different," Sariñana's music is united by a feeling rather than a sound.
Ximena Sariñana plays Thursday, Oct. 6 at Culture Collide