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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.
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Today’s the day Local Natives’ second album, Hummingbird, is finally released. And the Los Angeles quartet is coming to New York City to spread the word, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (streaming live on The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube) and The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday and Sunday. All three shows sold out quickly, but if you still want to go, you can try to Grow a Pair of tickets. The House List is giving away two of ’em, but we’re not playing favorites. It’s the winner’s choice. Just make sure to fill out the form below, including your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Local Natives, you choose the date) and a brief message explaining what you learned from last week’s cold snap to keep you warm in the future. Eddie Bruiser, who can still only feel eight of his toes, will notify the winner by Friday.
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Local Natives come to New York City this week to play three shows, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, which will stream live on The Bowery Presents Live in full HD at 10 p.m. EST. Here, they play a live version of “Ceilings,” off their about-to-be-released second album, Hummingbird, out tomorrow on Frenchkiss Records.
Camera: Andrea Nakhla
Camera: Zivi Krieger
Camera: Kelsey Tucker
Editor: Max Sweeney
Sound: Chad Carlisle
Filmed at Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles
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Local Natives have been steadily building steam since releasing Gorilla Manor last year. The L.A. band is coming to town to play Webster Hall twice this weekend. Tickets remain for Saturday’s show, and The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to Grow a Pair? It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Local Natives, 10/30) and a brief message explaining why your big Rocktober makes you worthy of receiving free tickets. Eddie Bruiser, who’s had a pretty ridiculous month himself, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
If you check the weather forecast for this weekend, you’ll see nothing but sunny skies ahead, which is pretty great in itself. But why not make it even better with two nights of terrific music in the great outdoors? The L.A. five-piece Local Natives first gained attention last year at SXSW and then when the band toured Europe in support of their debut disc, Gorilla Manor, which came out in the U.K. nearly four months before its release in the U.S. While some groups have a clear leader and a set of complementary pieces, Local Natives (above, playing “Airplanes” for Seattle’s KEXP FM) are a true collaboration, from singing to songwriting to artwork. And when they come to The Beach at Governors Island on Saturday, expect to be dazzled by lush harmonies, lofty melodies and thumping tribal beats.
Josh Ritter has been at the game a little bit longer. He knew at a young age that he wanted to become a singer-songwriter, and so he did, self-releasing his first disc, Josh Ritter, back in 1999. Ever since then, the prolific musician has put out a large collection of EPs and LPs filled with intimate, folk-inspired music. As noted rock historian Mary Louise Parker says, “If you love music and have a device on which to play it, you should listen to Josh Ritter whenever you need sound.” And if you need sound on Sunday, head to The Beach at Governors Island to see Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band (below, playing “The Curse” on The Late Late Show). As an added bonus, this is part of Converse’s Gone to Governors series, which means the show is FREE.
Local Natives – The Bowery Ballroom – May 6, 2010
Several months ago, my “guy who knows these things” hipped me to Local Natives, so I checked out their debut album, Gorilla Manor, and, as usual, he was correct. Seems it wasn’t much of a secret, though, as last night, in their first trip to NYC, the Los Angeles band played the first of not one but two sold-out shows at The Bowery Ballroom. It wasn’t the “merely curious” either, it was a crowd full of early adopters, belting out lyrics to every song like they’d been listening to them for years. And why not? Their music was made for the giddy sing-along.
With just one disc, it was almost certain that everyone got to hear his or her favorite tune, no matter what it was. There was no clear consensus: Gorilla Manor is the kind of album that invites repeated listens and each time through a different song might catch one’s ear. There is something satisfying seeing a band exhaust their entire repertoire in a single set, like driving a car until the gas truly runs out so you know how far below the E you can let the needle go.
Local Natives did the album justice from beginning to end, propelled by groovy, perpetual bass lines and tribal drumming and beefed up by perfect vocal harmonies. A second fractional kit at the front of the stage, which the keyboardist and others would pound away on, augmented the drummer, providing a constant extra kick of energy and volume. For one song (and again in the encore), a string quartet materialized, helping the band remain true to their studio versions. The keystone of the set was its lone cover, the Talking Heads’ “Warning Sign.” If you’re going to play a cover (and really, every set should feature at least one) you better make it count, and Local Natives did just that, nicely contrasting the rhythms and elastic-band bass with exquisite Beach Boys harmonies. —A. Stein
Local Natives come to town for sold-out shows on Thursday and Friday at The Bowery Ballroom (although tickets remain to see them on 8/7 on Governors Island). But even if you got shut out, you’ll still have a chance to see Local Natives on Friday because The House List is giving away two tickets. Want to Grow a Pair? Then fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Local Natives, 5/7) and a brief message explaining what you like so much about the band. Eddie Bruiser, a local native himself, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
We’re bringing music to the Crossroads House in conjunction with the IFC, above, plus we’ve got our own showcase on Thursday night at Emo’s, below. Don’t be a stranger. Come check us out!
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