Last Thursday, Local Natives kicked off their US tour at the Fox Theater in Oakland, and if you weren't there to witness it, then I'd suggest finding where they are playing next and get there. I feel like a broken record lately by saying the last show I've seen was one of the best of the year (last being Alt-J), but truly, the Local Natives take the cake.
The Los Angeles-based indie rock band first swept us off our heavy feet and brought wide eyes in their direction with their debut album Gorilla Manor back in 2009, and then most recently (four years later) with Hummingbird. Last Thursday, the band gave us a good spread of tracks spanning both albums, mostly from the new, but who knows and who cares -- it was all good. Being that this was their first show and have been on hiatus for a while (with the exception of a few festival appearances), the band was crisp, clean, and straight up killing it.
There's just something unique and refreshing with the these guys, something that doesn't come along all that often in the indie rock world. Perhaps it's all of the elements they've pulled from bands like Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, and The National to create such effect, but you have to give the guys all the credit in the world for doing something great with the sum of all the parts they were influenced by.