The Bloodhounds are a product of the thriving East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights backyard music scene. Rather than the more prevalent punk rock, these guys chose a bluesy, classic rock and roll R&B path – imagine if Bob Dylan was born and raised in East L.A. and you have the sound of The Bloodhounds. The band is musically ambidextrous, with a foundation in the traditional guitar-drum-bass setup, but they are equally skilled in old jug band style, complete with DIY washtub bass, washboard with percussive cans and thimbles, and of course, a banjo. They are the youngest group on this list and you’ve probably never heard of them, but that will likely change soon: they were recently signed by a local record label and are about to release their debut album, Let Loose. (The local record label is Alive Naturalsound, obviously).