Yes, the heart of rock & roll still beats in Los Angeles. For proof, no need to venture farther than whatever tiny local club The Entrance Band happens to be playing. The trio, which formed in Chicago, is blessed proof that psych rock is alive and well; with a trippy visual aesthetic, a devoted fan base and a live show that the band's founder and lead singer, Guy Blakeslee, aptly describes as “ritualistic,” it's not clear why they're not incredibly famous. Composed of Blakeslee, Derek James and bassist Paz Lenchantin, the act pulls off stoner rock without sounding like stoned throwbacks, and their forthcoming LP (their seventh, funded through Kickstarter) is due out in November. —Katie Bain

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