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Local Natives, Superhumanoids 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Thu., March 21, 8 p.m. 2013

My problem with Gorilla Manor, the 2010 debut of LA indie outfit Local Natives, was that its lovingly crafted quasi-folk seemed to simply float away—once the delicate guitars faded out, the songs didn’t leave much of an impression behind. In stark contrast, I’ve been having serious trouble shaking some of the songs on the band’s recent sophomore album, Hummingbird (Frenchkiss/Infectious), even though I first listened to them in January. That’s partly because Local Natives have gone big with their sound without sacrificing the intimacy it gets from hushed vocals and pitter-pattering snare drum—they pull off this shift to wide-screen with light touches such as the subtle buildup of horns on "You & I," proving that their songwriting sophistication has caught up with their instrumental talents. I shouldn’t take so much pleasure in a song as mournful as "Breakers," but the rush into each chorus—with twinkling keys dancing around bittersweet, wordless harmonies and electrifying drum fills—gets me every time. —Leor Galil

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