It's kinda like high school; we've scoured the halls to find the freshman that we think have promise. (Except not, like, in a creepy way.) Here are ten fresh bands (well, bands and solo artists) who have proved themselves with their debut work. We like the cut of their jib and think you will too.
See also: The 10 Best L.A. Albums of 2013Moses Sumney
We love Moses Sumney, and not just because he's a former L.A. Weekly music intern. (Turns out he's a huge John Mayer fan!) At 23, the soulful singer has an entire band residing within his throat. Armed with a guitar and a looping pedal, he creates his songs piece by piece. Although he has not released anything official yet, he's caught many people's attention opening for Thundercat, Papa, and Beck in late 2013.Bonfire Beach
Dexy Valentine of the Magic Wands is scratching a long forgotten itch. Her new band Bonfire Beach -- with bassist Brian Nope -- just released a stunning debut album on Buddyhead Records titled Lit. Slinky and dark, this psychedelic work sounds like it belongs in a David Lynch film.