If you associate the "L.A. sound" with your dad's dusty collection of Eagles records, give the city another spin. Here's your guide to its new music boom.
Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
Acts: No Age, Abe Vigoda, and Best Coast, whose first LP is set for a summer release.
Venue: Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino likes Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (2225 Colorado Blvd.)
Label: PPM, an imprint for scuzzy rock.
Hangout: Ooga Booga (943 N. Broadway #203) sells DIY wares like band tees by local designers.
Eatery: Señor Fish (4803 Eagle Rock Blvd.) serves hangover-curing tacos, says Cosentino.
SIXTIES GARAGE-POP REVIVAL
Fitz and the Tantrums
Acts: Dum Dum Girls, Fitz and the Tantrums, and The Like, whose latest LP Mark Ronson helped produce.
Venue: The Like's Z Berg suggests the Bob Baker Marionette Theater (1345 W. 1st St.)
Label: Manimal Vinyl, the label behind Bat for Lashes.
Hangout: Berg prefers Red Lion Tavern (2366 Glendale Blvd.)
Party: Mondays at The Echo (1822 W. Sunset Blvd.)
Acts: Madlib, Ras G, and Flying Lotus, whose new album features vocals by Thom Yorke.
Labels: Brainfeeder and Leaving Records specialize in stoner-friendly hip-hop and electronica.
Eatery: Home (1760 Hillhurst Ave.) serves healthy comfort food, says Lotus.
Record Store: Rockaway Records (2395 Glendale Blvd.) carries dub 45s.
Party: Lotus likes Wednesdays at The Airliner (2419 N. Broadway)
OTHER L.A. ACTS TO CATCH
Health(disco-punk drones), Local Natives (lush indie pop), Coconut Records (jangly, melancholy tunes by Jason Schwartzman), and Freddie Gibbs (a Midwesterner-turned-Angeleno rapper).