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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

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

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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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Watch Local Natives’ New Video for “You & I” (playing Electric Factory on 9/28)

localnatives970600An XPN favorite indie rock band from Los Angeles, Local Natives just shared a new video for the opening track of their sophomore album, Hummingbird. On this second record — released by Frenchkiss Records/Infectious Music in late January — the group offers a contemplative tone and diverse instrumentation. Featuring the falsetto of Taylor Rice and an organ in the background, “You & I” exemplifies the new approach.

But this time around, the track pairs with an unusual cinematic narrative: a world without dogs. Check out the video below, but make sure you watch until the end for a super adorable moment. Find tickets and information for Local Natives’ performance at the Electric Factory on September 29th here.

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Watch Local Natives perform “Breakers” on The Late Show with David Letterman (playing The Electric Factory on 9/28)

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California pop rockers Local Natives gave a wild performance of “Breakers” on The Late Show with David Letterman last night.  Promoting their recent Hummingbird record, the band will be making their way to Philadelphia for a show at The Electric Factory on September 28th; tickets and information for the XPN Welcomes show with Wild Nothing can be found here.  Watch the video of “Breakers” below.

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Just Announced: Local Natives coming to the Electric Factory on 9/28

Photo by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com
Photo by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com

After quickly selling-out their Union Transfer date last month, Local Natives have announced another U.S. leg that brings them back to Philadelphia with openers Wild Nothing for a show at the Electric Factory on September 28th.  The California indie rockers followed up their stunning 2010 debut Gorilla Manor with the expansive and gorgeous Hummingbird earlier this year.  Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17th at noon; more information will be available here.  Check out photos from Local Natives’ Union Transfer show here, listen back to their April appearance on World Cafe here and watch a new video for “Bowery” below.

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Photo Recap: Local Natives at Union Transfer

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Los Angeles indie rockers Local Natives headlined a sold-out Union Transfer last night, touring in support of their new album Hummingbird. Check out photos from their set in the gallery above.

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Interview: Local Natives’ Taylor Rice on Instagram, catharsis, and their favorite song to listen to right before a show

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For over three years now, LA’s Local Natives have wooed audiences with their unique blend of Afro-pop guitars, lush vocal harmonies, and lively, frenetic drumming. Their debut record, 2010’s Gorilla Manor, was a gem of playful, sun-dappled melodies that launched the (previously little-known) group to the indie fore; a string of memorable, high-energy shows helped cement their status as a band to watch.

Now, three years after Gorilla Manor’s release, Local Natives are back with Hummingbird, a decidedly more introspective record that forgoes boisterousness in favor of more nuanced, emotional growers—like the rich, sweeping “Breakers” and the stirringly gorgeous “Colombia.” The record, the band has shared, was inspired by both personal growth and tragedies, such as the death of vocalist/keyboardist Kelcey Ayer’s mother and the departure of bassist Andy Hamm.

Now the band is on the road supporting Hummingbird, and will play Union Transfer this Thursday, April 4. We caught up with singer/guitarist Taylor Rice a few days before the show…to talk Instagram, catharsis, and their favorite song to listen to right before a show. Continue reading →

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Watch a new music video for Local Natives “Heavy Feet” (playing a sold-out Union Transfer show in April)

Okay, okay, we know – the Local Natives show at Union Transfer sold out long ago. Even if you were shut out from getting tickets, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to dig the audiovisual ephemera the band has been cranking out at a steady clip since long before Hummingbird dropped last month. Today, the band premiered a music video via Stereogum for the song “Heavy Feet.” Following the surrealist vibe of the band’s “Breakers” video, this one involves a crew of blind guys who fly model airplanes and eat singing sandwiches. Yeah. Check it out below.

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Check out photos from Local Natives’ World Cafe session

L.A. indie rock five-piece Local Natives released its sophomore full-length Hummimngbird at the end of last month, and the band is headed out on tour in support of it. It plays a sold-out show at Union Transfer on April 4th, and this week stopped by WXPN studios to record a session for World Cafe with David Dye. Check out photos of the band in the studio in the gallery above, and listen back to the session when it broadcasts in March.

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