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The TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 festival descended upon New York City with a bevy of speakers, events and a hackathon for three days that put a spotlight on startups and disruptive technologies. To put a bow on things, Jidenna and Local Natives put on a closing concert at Webster Hall for attendees.

Local Natives kicked things off for a crowd that was very small for them. This is a group that sold out two night at Terminal 5¬†last November, so seeing them perform in a space that was holding maybe 400 people at its fullest felt like a real treat. I understand why the crowd was as small as it was. The festival had just wrapped up, people might have had travel plans, people might not have known who either group was (after talking with some people in the crowd, many had never heard of Local Natives). That didn’t matter, since the band played like the place was fully booked. The short set included old favorites “Wide Eyes,” “Airplanes” and “Who Knows, Who Cares” as well as new favorites like “Past Lives, “Coins” and “Dark Days.”
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Local Natives @ Terminal 5 (October 25, 2016)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2016 — with 2 comments

Local Natives returned to New York in a big way with a headlining performance at Terminal 5, in support of their new album Sunlit Youth (released via Loma Vista Recordings).

The show was a much bigger task than their stop at Rough Trade NYC over the summer, but the band were up to the task, well equipped to turn the songs off the new album, as well as old favorites, into big time anthems that had the crowd with them all the way.

Find their setlist posted below, along with a photo gallery of their set as well as opener Charlotte Day Wilson.
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Local Natives at Rough Trade NYC (July 13, 2016)

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2016

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It’s been amazing to watch the rise of Silver Lake, California band Local Natives throughout the year. It’s hard to remember a time where they were pitching songs themselves to blogs like this one right here, but that hard work has paid off, and their popularity has grown tenfold since the release of their debut album Gorilla Manor.

It’s been three years since we last heard from Local Natives with 2013’s Hummingbird, but they’ve thankfully returned to us in full force. They have been slowly sharing new songs from their new album Sunlit Youth (out on September 9 via Loma Vista Recordings), and playing last minute pop up shows in various cities, starting in Los Angeles, and spreading to the East Coast. It was New York’s turn on Wednesday, when the group returned to us for a very sold out intimate show at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn.
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[new]: Local Natives – “Past Lives”

By Will Oliver, April 29th 2016

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It’s been three years since we last heard new music from Local Natives, but today that changed with the surprise release of a brand new song named “Past Lives.” The band premiered it last night at a surprise show in Los Angeles, and today they released a stream to the rest of the world.

“Past Lives” features some of those ever-familiar and delightful vocals, keeping that familiar sound while also taking a big leap forward in terms of scope and incorporation of some new elements that create a much bigger sound. This song will satisfy all of the bands fans, delivering big harmonies and percussion, all under one big shiny package.

We can only assume that “Past Lives” will be included on their eventual third album, which hopefully will be released sometime this year. For now, “Past Lives’ will certainly hold us over.

Enjoy it below along with a message that Local Natives’ Taylor Rice provided along with the song:
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Local Natives at Firefly Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 6th 2014

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Every time I catch Local Natives, the stages they play on are larger and larger. I’m not complaining, their success is more than well deserved. With the larger audiences comes new tests for the band, and its ones that they ace time and time again

Firefly (their first time playing in Delaware) was a one-off performance for the band who are not on tour, but rather are in L.A. making the new record. They were genuinely surprised that so many people showed up to see them. Singer Taylor Rice admitted was an initial concern when they found out they were playing night one of the fest. It was no problem at all, as they feed off the crowd’s energy, dominating their set with confidence.

As someone whose seen these guys a handful of times now, it was a familiar set. Even so, the band were still as on point as ever, plus it was nice to hear their cover of Johnny Cash’s “Out Among The Stars”, which they originally did for a La Blogotheque session.

As Rice dove into the crowd to surf during the climax of “Sun Hands”, it was clear that Local Natives are now the guys who are able to take over a festival crowd and send them into a frenzy. How cool is that?
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Local Natives @ Lollapalooza (8/3/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013

Every time I see Local Natives the stage seems to get bigger, and the crowds much larger. Lollapalooza was the biggest crowd I’ve seen from them yet, and the boys didn’t disappoint. They nailed home another fantastic performance that made me proud to be a fan of these guys. They continue to make strides forward with every performance. You can’t help but be happy for their continued success.

Check out some shots of their performance below.
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Local Natives – You & I (Local Natives Remix)

By Will Oliver, July 15th 2013

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You read that title correctly. Today I received an e-mail from Local Natives very own Kelcey Ayer, informing me that he has been doing some remixes of songs from Hummingbird. He just released the remix for “You & I” today. As far as remixes go, this is as legit as it comes, straight from the band itself. So I guess you can consider this an alternative version of sorts.

Enjoy it below, via Kelcey himself.

Local Natives @ Governors Ball (June 7, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2013

Local Natives somehow continue to find ways to blow me away live. As their name and audiences get bigger, their performances only get bigger and better. I’ve watched these guys grow into the real deal, and it’s truly a wonder to watch. Hummingbird seems to have been underrated by a lot of people. Don’t let that happen. It’s a great fucking record people.





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