Local Natives: 2010’s Indie Darlings

local natives(Video, audio and tour dates included) We’re always on the lookout for new, breakout bands. And so is everyone else. Here’s one for you: Local Natives. Their debut album, Gorilla Manor released just a week ago and they’re getting massive pub around the Interwebs. Many critics have already tabbed them “indie darlings” of 2010. I suspect that the lead singer’s Freddy Mercury/John Oates mustache helps, too.

UPDATE: We saw Local Natives live. Read the Local Natives concert review now.

What do they sound like? Glad you asked. Local Natives sounds like talent. It’s definitely an interesting mix – there are keyboards, strings, an occasional trumpet and all of the singing band members have some pipes that blend flawlessly. No kidding.

The instruments are treated as an accompanyment to the overall music and vocals. It’s never overpowering but rather understated; however not unimportant. If you like Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire or Vampire Weekend, Local Natives are for you. If you don’t like those bands, you probably won’t like this either. But give it a shot. There are two videos below; the first is “Airplanes” and the second is “Sun Hands.” What I find most impressive is that these are live performances, not studio work, but it sounds like it could be. And that’s always a sign of a talented band, whether it’s your style or not. They also do a nice cover of Talking Heads’ “Warning Sign.” And really, you can’t go wrong with covering Talking Heads.

Below the videos are current tour dates, including a stop in Chicago at Schuba’s. That show WILL sell out, so if you like them, get tickets here.

You can listen to Gorilla Manor for free, right here, at the bottom of this post. You can also order a vinyl copy of Gorilla Manor.



Sun Hands



Feb 24 2010 8:00P Thekla Bristol
Feb 25 2010 8:00P Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Feb 26 2010 8:00P Concorde II Brighton
Feb 27 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT Brudenell Leeds
Feb 28 2010 8:00P Arts Centre Norwich
Mar 2 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT Heaven London
Mar 3 2010 8:00P Academy 3 Birmingham
Mar 4 2010 8:00P Club Academy Manchester
Mar 5 2010 8:00P King Tuts Glasgow
Mar 6 2010 8:00P Academy 2 Newcastle
Mar 10 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT Academy 2 Dublin
Mar 11 2010 8:00P Limelight Belfast
Mar 18 2010 8:00P SWSX Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 8:00P SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 8:00P SSXW Austin, Texas
Apr 18 2010 3:00P Coachella Indio, California
Apr 20 2010 8:00P Solar Culture Tuscon, Arizona
Apr 22 2010 8:00P The Cavern Dallas, Texas
Apr 23 2010 8:00P Emo’s (inside) Austin, Texas
Apr 24 2010 8:00P Mango’s Houston, Texas
Apr 26 2010 8:00P Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack Little Rock, Arkansas
Apr 27 2010 8:00P Thirsty Hippo Haittesburg, Mississippi
Apr 29 2010 8:00P Cafe 11 St. Augustine, Florida
Apr 30 2010 8:00P The Basement Nashville, Tennessee
May 1 2010 8:00P Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
May 4 2010 8:00P Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
May 5 2010 8:00P DC 9 Washington DC, Washington DC
May 6 2010 8:00P Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
May 7 2010 8:00P Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 8 2010 8:00P Great Scott Allston, Massachusetts
May 11 2010 8:00P Beachland Tavern Cleveland, Ohio
May 12 2010 8:00P The Basement Columbus, Ohio
May 14 2010 8:00P Schubas Chicago, Illinois
May 15 2010 8:00P Rock Island Brewing Company Rock Island, Illinois
May 17 2010 8:00P 400 Bar Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 18 2010 8:00P The Mill Iowa City, Iowa
May 19 2010 8:00P Mojo’s Columbia, Missouri
May 21 2010 8:00P Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado
May 22 2010 8:00P Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah
May 25 2010 8:00P Empyrean Spokane, Washington
May 26 2010 8:00P Neurolux Boise, Idaho
May 27 2010 8:00P Mississippi Studios Portland, Oregon
May 28 2010 8:00P Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia
May 30 2010 8:00P Sasquatch! Seattle, Washington
Jun 3 2010 8:00P Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Jun 10 2010 8:00P Bonnaroo Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 15 2010 8:00P Shepherds Bush Empire London