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BLOG: LOCAL NATIVES AND THEIR BALLERINAS
Local Natives' new video for "Bowery" - a collaboration with City of Music - is a sensual, prismatic vision featuring seven dancers engaged in a kind of manic maypole dance while the bands plays in shadow....
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BLOG: LOCAL NATIVES LULL 'HEAVY FEET' HYPNOSIS ON FALLON
"Local Natives, so hot right now." --Mugatu Since the release of their sophomore LP, Hummingbird, a day hasn't gone by without seeing Local Natives in at least one headline....
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BLOG: OUT AND ABOUT: LOCAL NATIVES AT BOWERY BALLROOM
On Sunday night, Local Natives played the last of three NYC shows at the Bowery Ballroom. Guitarist Taylor Rice even acknowledged that the band had a "big week" following the release of their new album, Hummingbird, and the evening took on a similar tone of celebration....
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BLOG: ALBUM REVIEW: LOCAL NATIVES
Back in 2010, LA's Local Natives released their debut LP, Gorilla Manor, introducing the world to a sunsplashed concoction of recognizable tones that were circulating the current indie scene....
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BLOG: STREAM LOCAL NATIVES <I>HUMMINGBIRD</I> WHILE IT LASTS!
Last week, we chatted up Local Natives guitarist Ryan Hahn who provided some insight on their upcoming, sophomore LP, Hummingbird....
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BLOG: HEAR 8 NEW SONGS FROM LOCAL NATIVES
We were lucky to hear Local Natives' long-awaited sophomore LP, Hummingbird early, and we're stoked for everyone else to be graced with it on January 29th....
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BLOG: HEAR THE STUDIO VERSION OF LOCAL NATIVES 'HEAVY FEET'
Yesterday we shared a live performance of Local Natives' newest Hummingbird song, "Heavy Feet," and today we've got the studio version stream....
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BLOG: LOCAL NATIVES SET LOOSE 'HEAVY FEET'
Local Natives' forthcoming LP, Hummingbird is developing fervent anticipation for its January 29th release....
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BLOG: LOCAL NATIVES UNVEIL 'BREAKERS' VIDEO
In preparation for the January release of their highly anticipated sophomore full length, Hummingbird, Local Natives pushed out a new video for the single "Breakers....
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BLOG: LOCAL NATIVES DROP ANOTHER SONIC CLUE
We've been waiting ever so patiently for Local Natives to reappear. Gorilla Manor was one of our favorite debuts in recent memory and we really enjoyed capturing the band's bonkers performance at The Bowery Ballroom (see below)....
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BLOG: LISTEN TO THE LOCAL NATIVES' BREAKDOWN HEAVY 'BREAKERS'
Perhaps making a departure from their jangling, boisterous early work, Local Natives have released a new, very clean rock song off their upcoming album, Hummingbird....
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BLOG: WATCH: LOCAL NATIVES IN PARIS
Local Natives always fit the troubadour mold for me, so watching them strut around the Palais Royal in Paris, harmonizing with the natural reverb, is something both fitting and spectacular....
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ALBUM REVIEW: LOCAL NATIVES HUMMINGBIRD
Back in 2010, LA's Local Natives released their debut LP, Gorilla Manor, introducing the world to a sunsplashed concoction of recognizable tones that were circulating the current indie scene....
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FEATURE: LEAVING THE MANOR: INTERVIEWING LOCAL NATIVES
Back in 2008, three high school friends and two additional musicians moved in to an LA suburb with plans to write and record their debut album....
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Artist Bio

Local Natives make soaring, sky-scraping harmonies, dreamy orchestral melodies, and throbbing tribal beats that bash their way into your soul. Theirs are songs you can dance to almost as well as you can swoon to them. Drawing a line from the vocal stylings of Crosby Stills Nash & Young and the Zombies through the more esoteric edges of post-punk and Afro-beat, this California five piece have communally crafted a brand of indie rock all their own.

For Local Natives everything is a collaboration, from song writing duties to the band's self produced artwork. The three part harmonies come courtesy of keyboardist Kelcey Ayer, guitarists Ryan Hahn and Taylor Rice. Then there's Matt Frazier on drums and Andy Hamm on bass, who look after the band's equally impressive graphics and artwork.

One of SXSW 2009's biggest success stories, the band drove for two days to get from Los Angeles to Austin in order to play nine spectacular shows that saw them sprinting, instruments in hand, from one gig to the next. Their hectic schedule paid off as Local Natives left Austin with the attention of the UK music Industry.

Based in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, three of the five-piece originally hail from Orange County. Kelcey, Ryan and Taylor attended neighboring high schools and hooked up with bassist Andy a year after they graduated, later meeting drummer Matt. They've been playing and evolving - together for three years. Last year, however, the band realized that the new songs they were writing were the sounds of a new project entirely.

It was in December 2008 that the band decamped to Silver Lake, where they all live in the same house. But the Silver Lake digs isn't the first house the band have shared. They lived together in Orange County too, in a place affectionately known as Gorilla Manor. It was insanely messy and there were always friends over knocking around on guitars or our thrift store piano, says Ryan, it was an incredible experience and I'll never forget that time. The original Gorilla Manor, where the band wrote the majority of their record, had such an impact that the band has paid tribute to the house by naming their debut album in its honor.

The self-funded Gorilla Manor was recorded by Raymond Richards in West Los Angeles. Richards produced the record with Local Natives in his own Red Rockets Glare Studio.

Featuring twelve sumptuous slices of dappled California sunlight and beguiling percussive rhythms, the album kicks off with the moody, driving, 'Wide Eyes'. Says Ryan, It's about people's obsession with the miraculous and disastrouswith witnessing extraordinary events. The effervescent, mandolin boasting 'Airplanes' follows, which Kelcey explains is about longing to have met my grandfather, a great man and pilot, who died before I was born. Also included is the glorious 'Sun Hands', which was released as a limited edition single on Chess Club back in July. According to Taylor, the lyrics describe that all too familiar feeling of wanting what you can't have especially when you once had it. There's a cover version in the mix too, a barely recognizable version of Talking Heads' 'Warning Sign'. We've basically flipped the song on its head, says Matt, explaining how they switched David Byrne's original yelped vocals into a beautiful three-part harmony.
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