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Local Natives Make a Triumphant Return to Terminal 5

October 26th, 2016

Local Natives – Terminal 5 – October 25, 2016

Local Natives – Terminal 5 – October 25, 2016

(Local Natives play Terminal 5 again tonight.)

It’s been close to seven years since Gorilla Manor stamped Local Natives’ name into the indie-rock stratosphere with comparisons to Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire. Earlier this fall, they returned with their third studio full-length, Sunlit Youth. And as with previous albums, the songwriting was honed by the original trio of guitarist Taylor Rice, guitarist-keyboardist Kelcey Ayer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Hahn, but drummer Matt Frazier and bassist Nik Ewing also brought forward ideas. What formed was the cohesive record they featured at their show on Tuesday, the first of two nights at Terminal 5.

Rice, rocking a man bun, crooned on “Past Lives”—off the band’s latest—and the crowd really erupted for old fave “Wide Eyes,” the core trio’s vocals harmonizing in unison. Noting how long it had been since they’d been back in New York City, the band reminisced about their first local show at Pianos in 2009. Fans were starved for the West Coasters and Local Natives delivered, including past gem “Airplanes” as the room chanted the telling lyrics “I want you back.” Adding to the treasure trove, they dusted off “Camera Talk,” about which Rice confessed they “haven’t played in years.”

Although Nina Persson (the Cardigans) recorded “Dark Days” with the quintet, opener Charlotte Day Wilson happily filled in for her. Ayer and Rice remained alone onstage each haloed by a spotlight as they traded verses on the heartbreaking “Columbia.” With two weeks until Election Day, Rice offered hope in the midst of the chaos and encouraged attendees to vote, a perfect setup for “Fountain of Youth” and the uproarious cheers for the lyrics “I have waited so long, Mrs. President.” The evening concluded with the unraveling of Rice’s hair and a final descent into the crowd for “Sun Hands.” —Sharlene Chiu

Photos courtesy of Mina J


Local Natives Close Out Tour with Two Shows at Terminal 5

October 25th, 2016

Local Natives burst onto the scene in late 2009, thanks to their debut LP, Gorilla Manor (stream it below), filled with plenty of harmonies and dreamy melodies. After heading out across the world in support of the album, the L.A. band—Taylor Rice (vocals and guitar), Kelcey Ayer (vocals and keys), Ryan Hahn (guitar and vocals), Matt Frazier (drums) and Nik Ewing (bass)—returned with their sophomore effort, Hummingbird (stream it below), produced by the National’s Aaron Dessner, three years ago. Pitchfork called it a “thoughtful, lovely album with small gestures that provide great rewards.” Local Natives (above, performing “Past Lives” live in studio for KEXP FM in September) released their third full-length, Sunlit Youth (stream it below), last month. “The result is a batch of songs at the confluence between their debut Gorilla Manor’s joyous uplift and the world-wise depth of Hummingbird,” according to Drowned in Sound. “This is a bridge to bigger and hopefully even better things. Which feels like the exact point. For all the globe-trotting that went into the album, this is a band that—perhaps more than any other at the moment— innately sound like and capture their Californian home in all its beautiful complexity.” Local Natives close out their tour tonight and tomorrow at Terminal 5. Toronto singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson opens both shows.


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.


Grow a Pair: Win Free Tickets to See Local Natives on 10/30

October 26th, 2010


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.

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Spend Your Weekend at The Beach

August 4th, 2010

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.


L.A. Quintet Makes It to NYC

May 7th, 2010

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

(Tonight’s Local Natives show is sold out, but they play The Beach at Governors Island on 8/7.)