(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|