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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.
All 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.
An 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.
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.
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.
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 →
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.