February 17, 2010

Stream the Local Natives in full


On Monday, Pitchfork bestowed the coveted designation of “Best New Music” on Los Angeles’ Local Natives, a well-deserved feat for this band I’ve been loving ever since they wooed me last summer with their propulsive melodies, joyful urgency, and clattery Simon & Garfunkel covers in the backyard.

The band just sent me this link for you to stream their whole album, and I think you should. “World News” remains one of the very best things I heard all of last year. Their debut full-length Gorilla Manor came out yesterday on Frenchkiss Records (The Hold Steady, Freelance Whales).

And this should be fun….

3/18-20 Austin, TX – SXSW (venues to be announced)
4/20 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture
4/22 Dallas, TX – The Cavern
4/23 Austin, TX – Emo’s Inside
4/24 Houston, TX – Mango’s
4/26 Little Rock, AR – Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
4/27 Hattiesburg, MS – Thirsty Hippo
4/29 St. Augustine, FL – Cafe 11
4/30 Nashville, TN – The Basement
5/1 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
5/4 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
5/5 Washington, DC – DC 9
5/6 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
5/7 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
5/8 Allston, MA – Great Scott
5/11 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
5/12 Columbus, OH – The Basement
5/14 Chicago, IL – Schubas
5/15 Rock Island, IL – Rock Island Brewing Company
5/17 Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
5/18 Iowa City, IA – The Mill
5/19 Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
5/21 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
5/22 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
5/25 Spokane, WA – Empyrean
5/26 Boise, ID – Neurolux
5/27 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
5/28 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
5/30 The Gorge, WA – Sasquatch
6/3 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

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  • What a great album! Thanks again Heather, I first heard about them on your blog.
    I saw them yesterday in Paris, they are absolutely amazing live. There are such an urgency in their voices, lots of drumming, something really intense.. anyway, I lack the vocabulary to describe their music, I’d rather leave it to you :P

    Severine — February 18, 2010 @ 4:07 am

  • Sasquatch! isn’t in Seattle – it’s in George, WA. I hate how bands refer to the Gorge as a Seattle venue to make it sound bigger and better. The Gorge is as much Spokane as it is Seattle – in fact, I would argue it’s more Spokane and Eastern Washington. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gorge_Amphitheatre

    Bart Mihailovich — February 18, 2010 @ 10:01 am

  • noted, agreed, and updated! i agree, it’s like how every band that plays Shoreline in Mountain View, CA likes to yell things like “hellooooooo San Franciscooooooooooo!” :)

    browneheather — February 18, 2010 @ 10:05 am

  • Wow – I’m not trying to be picky…. but…. on May 25th, that show is in Spokane, WA – not Spokane, WI
    LOVE your blog!

    Bart Mihailovich — February 18, 2010 @ 10:44 am

  • i’ll edit that too. cut and paste from the press release apparently doesn’t always work right :)

    thanks for reading!

    browneheather — February 18, 2010 @ 10:47 am

  • It’s ridiculous how much I love these guys!! They are an absolute must-see live band… shook me to my core. (Plus, they’re pretty cute)

    Megan — February 18, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

  • wow, this is so great that you can put the whole album up for us to listen to, which I am doing right now, and loving it! I’m going to do my best to see them at the Necktie when they swing through Philly.

    Kristine — February 24, 2010 @ 6:50 am

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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