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A Double Dose of Local Natives at Terminal 5 Begins Tonight

September 24th, 2013

Local Natives burst onto the scene in 2010 thanks to their debut LP, Gorilla Manor, filled with plenty of harmonies and dreamy melodies. After heading out across the world in support of the album, the L.A. quartet—Kelcey Ayer (vocals and keys), Taylor Rice (bass and vocals), Ryan Hahn (guitar and vocals) and Matt Frazier (drums)—returned with their sophomore effort, Hummingbird (stream it below), produced by the National’s Aaron Dessner, early this year. Pitchfork called it a “thoughtful, lovely album with small gestures that provide great rewards.” Those rewards become even greater when the songs are played live, and Local Natives (above, doing “Columbia” at Music Hall of Williamsburg), along with Wild Nothing, play Terminal 5 tonight and tomorrow.


The National Hit the Big Time Tonight at Barclays Center

June 5th, 2013

The National are on a hot streak. But wait, let’s take a step back first. Although frontman Matt Berninger, guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner, drummer Bryan and bassist Scott Devendorf first began making music together in Cincinnati, upon relocating to our fair city, they’ve become the quintessential New York City band—appearing at Mercury Lounge more than 10 times, playing the first shows at both Music Hall of Williamsburg and Terminal 5, and doing an exceptional residency at the Beacon Theatre. And while their first four albums are beloved, it was their fifth, High Violet, which started to gain them more recognition. And now, back to that hot streak: On May 20th, the quintet performed “Don’t Swallow the Cap” on Late Show with David Letterman, above, the night before their sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me (stream it below), was released to near universal acclaim. The band celebrated its release the next day with three intimate shows, capped off by another appearance at a very sold-out Mercury Lounge. The buzz built even further with the National’s festival-closing performance at the inaugural Boston Calling the following weekend. And now they’ve officially hit the big time as the Brooklyn band plays the biggest venue in that borough, Barclays Center, tonight. Not only shouldn’t you miss it, but you should also arrive early enough to see Youth Lagoon.


Sharon Van Etten and Friends Play Town Hall Tomorrow Night

November 14th, 2012

Like many before her, Sharon Van Etten came to New York City from New Jersey in order to make music. And despite her East Coast upbringing, Van Etten sings of Middle American—universal, even—themes, but she does so in her uniquely powerful voice. The talented singer-songwriter has put out three folkie albums, including this year’s acclaimed Tramp, which Rolling Stone says “plays like a female version of Beck’s Sea Change.” The album was a bit of an all-star affair, with appearances by the National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and a host of others. And when Van Etten (above, doing “Give Out” for Minnesota Public Radio) plays Town Hall tomorrow night, she’ll be joined by Aaron Dessner and Wasner, plus Thurston Moore, John Moloney, the Antlers’ Peter Silberman and Megafaun’s Brad Cook.