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Youth No More: Local Natives Come Out Larger-than Life at Electric Factory

Local Natives | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Local Natives | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

What does it even mean to be an indie darling in the year 2016? It feels like just yesterday that I was back in college, jamming Gorilla Manor and then eventually Hummingbird any chance I had to on my school’s radio station, convincing all my friends to take a chance on this indie thing. Seeing Local Natives absolutely crushing the stage at Electric Factory on Wednesday night was both a startling reminder that those days are gone, and a celebratory revel in what it means to have achieved “indie” success in the modern era. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Philly’s first look at the Local Natives of Sunlit Youth

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Local Natives | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

It’s no question that Local Natives have evolved. As the LA indie rockers played their recent single “Villainy” at Friday’s Free At Noon, an obvious change had taken place — all stringed instruments had been put down. Guitarist Ryan Hahn traded in for an electronic percussion pad, Taylor Rice dropped his guitar for strictly vocal duties, and bassist Nik Ewing switch over to the keys.

Anyone who hasn’t been staying current on Local Natives news might be shocked at such a development. It was those very strings, linked with rich harmonies, that defined the sound of the band’s first two album’s, 2010’s Gorilla Manor and 2013’s Hummingbird. But if you’ve been following the release of tracks from their forthcoming album Sunlit Youth, the on-stage alterations were not just expected, but appreciated as well. Continue reading →

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Listen to another new song from Local Natives, “Villainy,” see them at Electric Factory this fall

Local Natives | Photo by Renata Raksha
Local Natives | Photo by Renata Raksha

Local Natives have been quite mysterious when it comes to the details of their forthcoming third LP. At the end of April, we got to hear the first new music from the LA band in three years with “Past Lives,” but with no album information. To add to the suspense, the band’s Facebook page has been teasing fans the past few days with ambiguous and un-captioned photos and videos.

This week, it comes to a head, with a new song yesterday and a tour announcement today that brings the band to Philly this October for a headlining Electric Factory gig.

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New Music Show Preview w/ Moreland & Arbuckle, Local Natives & more!

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Here’s a sample of what’s coming up this Monday night at 8pm on our New Music Show:

“When the Lights Are Burning Low” by MORELAND & ARBUCKLE

It’s always a plus when a band that’s heralded for being a ‘great live band’ can translate that energy onto their studio releases. That’s the case, yet again, for the Kansas trio MORELAND & ARBUCKLE.  In addition to being our guest this Friday for Free at Noon, they’ve got a new album coming out on Friday and we’ll preview it tonight!

 

“Past Lives” by LOCAL NATIVES

We’ve long been fans of the band LOCAL NATIVES. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything new from the L.A. five-piece.  Always ambitious in their efforts, “Past Lives” is a wonderfully adventurous, gripping return.

 

First Impression Artist: BLACK PISTOL FIRE

Turn up the volume for tonight’s First Impression Artist, BLACK PISTOL FIRE. The guitar-drums duo of Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen offer up a loud, driven brand of rock and roll that’s unapologetic and raw.  Their new album Don’t’ Wake The Riot is out later this month and we’ve got a couple songs for you tonight.

 

Plus!  Make sure to have a listen to our Best New Music Spotify playlist for all the other new tunes we’ve been spinning lately:

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Firefly Music Festival Day One: Courtney Barnett, Amos Lee, Local Natives, Phosphorescent and more

Courtney Barnett | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Courtney Barnett | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

The 3rd annual Firefly Music Festival is taking place this weekend at Dover, Delaware and we are there to capture all four days of live music. Last night, the festival opened with performances from Amos Lee, Local Natives, Courtney Barnett, Phosphorescent, Parade of Lights and more.

Amos Lee | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Amos Lee | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Phosophorescent | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Phosphorescent | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tuf | joedeltufo.com
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Photos: Local Natives throw down at The Electric Factory

Local Natives | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.comAll photos by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

L.A. indie rockers Local Natives made their biggest Philadelphia appearance to date last night, headlining the Electric Factory with opener Wild Nothing in tow. This is the Natives’ second area appearance since the January release of their latest LP, Hummingbird.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Local Natives at Electric Factory, Anjuli Josephine at MilkBoy, Alo Brazil at Underground Arts

localnatives970600WXPN welcomes L.A. indie rock outfit Local Natives to the Electric Factory tonight. If you missed them on their summer tour, the band just released a video shot between performances completely on their phones put to the stimulating single “Ceilings” off of their latest release Hummingbird. Catch them on their Fall tour by finding tickets and information for tonight’s show here. Watch the new “Ceilings” video below.

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