Local Natives @ The Fox Theater

(Courtesy of Local Natives)

“Local Natives” might be a redundant band name, but this Los Angeles quintet’s music is anything but overdone. Beloved for their funkified guitars, adrenaline-fueled drumming, and earworm three-part harmonies, Local Natives has been making waves in the indie-rock scene since they played a jaw-dropping nine shows at South by Southwest in 2009. With more than 1.1 million monthly listeners on Spotify, it hardly matters that the band’s newest album, Sunlit Youth, has been hailed as “too polished” and slightly “Coldplay-esque” by music critics. The album’s four singles — “Past Lives,” “Villainy,” “Fountain of Youth,” and “Coins” — are strong examples of what Local Natives does best: hyperactive instrumentals with hazy vocals and dreamy production. This past July, Local Natives also played a last-minute, unpermitted show on the rooftop of their rehearsal space in Silverlake as a “thank you to Los Angeles for being the most creative city in the world right now, and our home,” member Taylor Rice said. Not only was it a surprise performance, but it was free, and any big name band that is willing to play gratis shows, especially illegal ones, deserve kudos in our book.

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