By: Heidi DarbyFestivals warrant endless tales of shenanigans, close calls, extreme bladder control, and of course, unforgettable live music. Overflowing lineups and constant interaction with strangers virtually guarantee festival fans a handful of outrageous stories -not to mention a bit of wisdom ... More >>
Local Natives El Rey January 29, 2013 We don't know if you knew this or not, but Local Natives are kind of a big deal. In fact, they're such a big deal that they could go three years between releasing their first and second albums--even amongst new music spewing out of every digital orifice--and st ... More >>
OCMA'sThe Constellation RoomJanuary 29, 2013Listening to bluegrass band Moonsville Collective play a jam at last night's Orange County Music Awards showcase about a Tennessee moonshiner named Popcorn, it occurred to me why this competition is so difficult to judge. Not only do I have zero points of ... More >>
[Locals Only] On the strength of their first EP, the indie popsters plan the next bold step in their career
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.Summer doesn't officially start for another two months, but with the arrival of Daylight Saving ... More >>
Young the Giant tweeted at us yesterday after the blog went live. They said, "We live in the quiet hills of East LA and the label doesn't pay rent. We do. We live together and can write at will this way. We appreciate your concern but we are OC all the way. Straight Irvine OG represent." Ri ... More >>
[Locals Only] Old-school OC punk, served up fresh
Myspace.comLocal Natives are touring in Europe and have made a video of their travels. You can hear them play "Who Knows Who Cares" from their 2010 album, Gorilla Manor, after the jump.
UPDATE, 9 A.M. Jan. 6: Watch the band perform "Wide Eyes" from their debut album, Gorilla Manor. You can buy the album here.ORIGINAL POST, 9 A.M. Jan. 4: It's no surprise that Local Natives are starting off 2011 with even more continued success: The originally Orange-County-based band are pe ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, in which Riley Breckenridge, the drummer of Orange County's favorite alt-rock band, Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.I've been writing and publishing "Best/Favorite Of..." lists for music sites and/or blogs for several ... More >>
Get your hands on Dusty Rhode's tasty synthThis week's edition of news stories we didn't write: Buy a piece of Dusty Rhodes- their Prophet 5 synthesizer is now for sale on eBay. Perfect for if you are planning on creating a River Band cover band after they break up. [eBay]
We're nearing the end of Movember--the month where men grow a mustache for the 30 days of November to raise awareness for prostate cancer--so we thought we'd do our bit by bringing you a list of the hottest musicians with mustaches.A lot has been said about John Oates', Freddie Mercury's and Frank Z ... More >>
The AquabatsThis week's edition of news we didn't write involves our mainstays (who else?) the Local Natives, No Doubt's Adrian Young and Bayside...read on after the jump.
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyChris Marrs Piliero talks to the Register, Local Natives talk to Interview. Here's the local music news we didn't cover this week.
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyFrom interviews with Chrissie Hynde to Shakira shaking things up in Anaheim here's the local music news we didn't cover.An actual music review of Shakira's hip shaking at the Honda Center involves commentary on her weight ("thinner than usual") and how she "tore off ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyLocal Natives' new video for their latest single "Who Knows Who Cares" premiered at NME today. Like the "World News" video, it has a food fight, gorgeous shots of the band frolicking in nature (by the water!) and an Indian Summer-y feel to the whole production.
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyParamore's Hayley Williams in Anaheim.This edition in links to OC-related music writing that we didn't write...
Gadhia's on the left.While working on last week's cover story about Orange County's music scenes, we ended up talking with Sameer Gadhia, lead singer for Irvine-born Young the Giant, formerly known as the Jakes. The group's self-titled debut is out digitally on Oct. 26, and come next week they'll ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyCheck out our Local Natives/Union Line slideshow here! Local Natives Henry Fonda September 17, 2010 There is one think Local Natives have in commone with American Apparel--you hate what their generic names and what they stand for, but you consume them and love both b ... More >>
John Gilhooley/OC WeeklyThe last time we talked to Local Natives, they hadn't played Coachella yet, they hadn't embarked on their first headlining US tour, and they hadn't gone around the world playing songs from Gorilla Manor to audiences who spoke every kind of language imaginable. ... More >>
The golden boys of Local NativesIt's been a short week, so we have a short list for you of items on OC-music related items from other publications. Read on...
It's official then: with the addition of Local Natives to the bill, FYF has the best festival lineup this summer (or, post-summer, since the show is on Labor Day weekend).
Jason Stoff/Denver WestwordOn Tues., Aug. 17, the Local Natives are performing on Fuel TV's The Daily Habit, telecast week nights at 6 p.m. with a replay at 9 p.m., and the following week day at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Johnnie CluneyAt this point in Daytrotter's love affair with Local Natives (who are we to talk, right?) we have to assume that this band is either extremely easy to draw as cartoons or their music is just good enough to earn them a third visit with Rock Island's cyber indie taste m ... More >>
Jason Stoff/Denver WestwordSo LA via OC band Local Natives were documented at Pitchfork by our sister publication Denver Westord (check out the slideshow
The title pretty much tells you every thing you need to know, but we'd like to invite you to slice an hour or so out of your Monday work schedule (we know, you were having so much fun) and get over to Local Natives' Facebook page pronto--or at least by noon.
Damion DemeterTonight, the Rye Douglas Band is headlining a record release show--actually a single release show-at the House of Blues. But in many ways it's actually a great local showcase for a lot of different bands. Besides the Huntington Beach headliners themselves, showcasing said singl ... More >>
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www.myspace.com/teendazeI hate Internet hype. Mostly because it will take a band like Vancouver residents Teen Daze and blog about it to eternity and give it labels like the "chillest band on earth" or "chillwave geniuses" or "Mysterious Canadians." But I do find it amazing that secretive electro ... More >>
Music blog Wild Tonic has given OC its fair share of love; there are regular posts on the New Limb, Steelwells the Growlers and more. Today, it posted a mix tape of "its most-played tracks from June."
[Mental Notes] Plus, Steelwells power through multiple SoCal residencies, Thrice's drummer has a Heard Mentality column and cute girls use abrasive name for Cock Sparrer cover band
So we just heard that The Union Line will be touring with their buddies Local Natives this fall. The Local Natives are really blowing up, performing in festivals around the world this summer. This is also the third time the Union Line is going on the road, and the difference is that mos ... More >>
Riley Breckenridge, the drummer of our favorite Irvine alt-rock band, Thrice, starts his weekly column today. He's going to blog about everything from local haunts to his favorite bands, so watch out for your weekly dose of Riley's 3hree Things. Thrice's drummer Riley Breckenridge is starting a week ... More >>
[Locals Only] Getting by with a little help from their friends
We know what you're thinking. How did this Eared Grebe, an industrious and enchanting species of water fowl, manage to put on a suit and gloves?
Danielle BacherEven if you don't know him by name, you've probably attended at least one show at a Jon Reiser venue in the past decade. He owns Detroit Bar with Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco, David Hastie, Mike Harris and Scott Hamilton (who also own all Memphis Restaurants and Tin Lizzie Salo ... More >>
The Henry Clay People in sepia.The Henry Clay People and Local Natives have both been tapped to perform at Austin City Limits--otherwise known as yet another music festival better than Coachella--October 8-10. The bands will be playing amongst a line-up with the likes of Sonic Youth, Flaming Lips ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Despite numerous reasons to be underwhelmed, the crowd at Coachella was determined to have a moo-ving experience
Andrew YoussefLocal Natives, big success.It's been less than 72 hours since we left Indio, and already nostalgia's creeping in. Luckily, there's YouTube with which to relive the highlights. One of those highlights: Orange County's own (well, kinda) Local Natives. After the jump: Watch them close ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyYup. That guy.Getting to Coachella aint easy, fun or cheap. That fact weighs heavily on nearly everything that happens in Indio--in a good way.
Spencer Kornhaber / OC Weekly Local Natives, not at Detroit Bar"Lo-cal Na-tives, Lo-cal Na-tives!" The chant went up about ten minutes before the OC expats were scheduled to take the stage in the Gobi Tent. A gaggle of girls in front of me, whose median age couldn't have been highe ... More >>
[Coachella 2010] Buzz band soars from OC squalor to the Coachella stage, with stops in Silver Lake, Austin and the U.K.
Prodigal sons.So maybe you're not as obsessed with OC-turned-LA-turned-SXSW-owning quintet Local Natives as we are. It's okay. Listening to their in-studio performance and interview on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, aired yesterday, should fix that. Link here.You're welcome.
Pitchfork's love for OC-turned-LA quartet Local Natives has been well-documented around here. So, too, has been the clutch of local bands who ventured to Austin last week for the South by Southwest festival. Here's a late-breaking melding of those two themes: Local Natives performing in some ru ... More >>
[Mental Notes] The music press falls all over itself in praise of the LA-by-way-of-OC band
Chad CheverierLocal Natives, originally from Orange County, rock SXSWLocal Natives crushed at South by Southwest, returning home to LA with massive momentum leading up to their April 18 Coachella date. The other OC/LBC acts that made appearances in Austin surely turned heads but nothing like Lo ... More >>
We know how much you wanted to go to SXSW last week. But for those not willing to take a week off work and spend a butt-load of cash to get there, here's an entertaining set of live videos from Austin showcasing some of our hometown talent on stage, spreading the gospel of rock & roll in a varie ... More >>
Pitchfork handed Local Natives' debut an 8.4 last month, pretty much ensuring that the Mission Viejo quintet (well, officially, Los Angeles quintet, but we know the truth) a busy and buzzy 2010 that includes playing Coachella. Local Natives are now passing a little of that online-tastemaker love ... More >>