Since launching our annual music issue back in 2007, we’ve come to equate autumn with aural surprises. And this year is no exception. In the following pages, you’ll find a small wealth of new faces, all of which are showing some serious chops — and a whole lot of promise — in and outside of the South Coast music scene. We’re calling them the Class of 2013, and this issue their big post-graduation debut. The roster is as diverse as ever, too: There are singer/songwriters, instrumental rock acts, killer emcees, and plenty of new releases to keep your music-thirsting palette quenched through the winter season. We’ve also got the scoop on this year’s Downtown Sound Battle of the Bands champs, The Reignsmen, who scored the honorable title of Santa Barbara’s Best New Band last Friday night. Happy reading — and listening!