Local Natives Concert Review and Tour Dates

(VIDEO INCLUDED) Schuba’s is one of those venues where you can often see a band on their way to the top. The list is long and littered with famous bands that were just breaking out when they made their stop at Schuba’s and often, they never find their way back because they just get too popular for such a small (albeit storied) venue. Such is the case with Local Natives.

We were turned on to Local Natives about six months ago and, ever since, it’s been heavy in the rotation. They have these sweeping songs that, when you hear the first few notes, you can’t imagine that it’s going to end in well-choreographed chaos just a few minutes later. The hooks are quite simple but the way they are put together is anything but. These musicians are talented and shift with the utmost ease between epic songs and arrangements, stopping only to tune their guitars and occasionally switch instruments.

Then there are the harmonies. It’s really what makes Local Natives special. They somehow found talented musicians who also vocalize in perfect harmony. There can be as many as four of them singing together at once — it doens’t sound forced and it’s not overwhelming. I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, I wouldn’t change a thing about this band or that night’s performance. It comes in easily as one of the best concerts of 2010.

You will notice in the video below some of the crowd reaction. It seemed that the crowd knew every loop and lyric to every song — no kidding. I even turned to one of the Citizens in attendance if they thought some of the crowd sing-alongs were being piped in. I don’t think so, but it was kind of stunning to hear such participation. You can get a sense of it with their performance of “Airplanes” in the video below. And if you want to hear even more of it, check out this performance of “Sun Hands.” The video is shaky, considering its producer was pretty excited at the time (understandably so). If you want to skip right to the chanting crowd, it’s starts at about the 3:30 mark.

Below the video are Local Natives’ remaining 2010 tour dates. You’ll notice a handful of sold out dates … jump on this tour when they hit your town.

May 18 2010 8:00P The Mill Iowa City, IA
May 19 2010 8:00P Mojo’s Columbia, MO
May 21 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
May 22 2010 8:00P Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
May 25 2010 8:00P Empyrean Spokane, WA
May 26 2010 8:00P Neurolux Boise, ID
May 27 2010 8:00P Mississippi Studios Portland, Oregon
May 28 2010 8:00P The Venue Vancouver, British Co, CA
May 30 2010 8:00P Sasquatch! Quincy, WA
Jun 2 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT* Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
Jun 3 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
Jun 4 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Jun 5 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT* Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, CA
Jun 10 2010 8:00P Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Jun 13 2010 2:00P ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL Isle Of Wight, UK
Jun 15 2010 8:00P Shepherds Bush Empire London, UK
Jun 17 2010 8:00P Vera Groningen, NL
Jun 18 2010 8:00P Southside Tuttlingen, DE
Jun 19 2010 8:00P Hurricane Scheebel, DE
Jun 23 2010 8:00P Melweg Amsterdam, NL
Jun 24 2010 8:00P Glastonbury Old Queen’s Head Glastonbury, GB
Jun 25 2010 2:00P Glastonbury Festival Glastonbury, UK
Jun 27 2010 2:00P Solidays Festival Paris, FR
Jun 29 2010 8:00P Ravenna Hana Bi Ravenna, IT
Jun 30 2010 8:00P Ancona Mole Vanvitelliana Ancona, IT
Jul 2 2010 8:00P Beauregard Festival Herouville Saint Clair, FR
Jul 4 2010 8:00P Roskilde Festival Roskilde, DK
Jul 11 2010 8:00P Oxygen Festival Punchestown Racecourse, IE
Jul 18 2010 3:00P Pitchfork Festival Chicago, Illinois, US
Aug 5 2010 8:00P The Middle East Boston, Massachuse, US
Aug 6 2010 8:00P The First Unitarian Church Sanctuary Philadelphia, PA
Aug 7 2010 2:00P The Beach @ Governors Island New York City, NY
Aug 11 2010 8:00P Pantiero Festival Cannes, FR
Aug 12 2010 8:00P Haldern Festival Haldern, DE
Aug 13 2010 8:00P Way Out West Festival Gothenburg, SE
Aug 14 2010 8:00P Oya Festival Oslo, NO

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