When a new indie band goes from unknown zero to Internet hero just over 10 months after releasing its debut record, it is bound to be met with some skepticism. (After all, the method by which the next critics’ darling is anointed often seems like it involves a list of band names and a dartboard.) So what to make of Silver Lake’s Local Natives, whose Gorilla Manor came out in the U.S. back in mid-February via French Kiss Records and was met with instant acclaim—including Pitchfork dubbing the quintet “sort of a West Coast Grizzly Bear”? Fear not, those who are weary of such lazy comparisons: Gorilla Manor is a vocal-harmony-, rolling-percussion-, and swelling-orchestration-laden album deserving of all praise it has received so far (and will likely receive again in a couple of months when every music publication is putting together its “Best Of 2010” lists). For further proof, check out the band’s new video for “Wide Eyes” below (via Pitchfork TV). Local Natives perform with The Ruby Suns and The Union Line at 7:30 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $15.
Also playing: Carousel, Apollo Run, The Minimalist, New Madrid at Northstar Bar (8 p.m., 21+, $8); JEFF The Brotherhood, The Spooks, Bandname at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8)
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