It just got a little bit cooler to be from Oakland, folks.
After a much-publicized contest that saw thousands of bands coast-to-coast submitting entries in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest, the judges have spoken, and the winning band is Oakland's own Fantastic Negrito. Watch the winning entry, "Lost in a Crowd," below.
With a video shot in a freight elevator in Oakland behind a desk made of a steel slab and a work bench, this soulful character won our hearts. Xavier Dphrepaulezz is a singer from Oakland with a passion that felt undeniable. Though I watched thousands of videos, the moment I heard his voice and saw such conviction to his song I thought, "Wow, I think this guy could win."