With over a 100 artists playing - narrowing down the list on who to see over whom can be an arduous task - so we're going to promote a few piecemeal, starting with some hometown (LA) heroes: Kendrick Lamar, Fitz & The Tantrums and Orgone. Each is different - but they've all got some flavor of California soul...
Kendrick Lamar is perhaps the hip-hop catch of the summer. Its Kendrick Lamar who just graced Coachella's stage with Dre and Snoop, just inked a deal that turned him from indie to major artist over night and has leaked tracks off of Good Kid in a Mad City that includes "The Recipe" with Dr. Dre and "Cartoons & Cereal" featuring Gunplay of Triple C's.
Fitz & The Tantrums are Los Angelenos coveted version of Brooklyn indie soul. Michael Fitzpatrick blended the best of the city of angels indie rock influences with a Daptone-esque sound that birthed international hits like "Moneygrabber" and "Winds of Change." Fitzpatrick and co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs belt out throwback ballads on their debut release Pickin' Up The Pieces. Having recently released a teaser EP of live material and acknowledged a return to the studio - 'Roo heads are in for a treat with this quintet!
Orgone are L.A.'s homegrown funk band. With over a decade of stripes under their belt and lots of history dropping their own original funk (+ some nasty dope covers and backing up some hip-hop bands) - they are finally becoming a force in the touring world after some successful supporting roles with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Rebelution and Galactic. Although they dropped original soul sister Fanny Franklin - they've retooled with a new vocalist and their leader and percussionist, Stewart Killen, continues to slay percussion worldwide.