Local Natives: Tiny Desk Concert

It’s safe to say that, Local Natives, had a hell of a 2010— they released a critically-lauded album full of infectious pop-melodies and multi-part harmonies, played a solid set at last years SXSW, and pretty much toured the world and festivals over.  From the looks of it, 2011 doesn’t appear to be any different for the quintet; a spot at this years sold-out Sasquatch Festival, as well as an upcoming sold-out show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (with orchestral accompaniment) here in Los Angeles. Insane.

As I watched their recently posted Tiny Desk Concert this afternoon, I had one thought in mind: All of their past and, more than likely, future accomplishments are deservedly so.  To me, they possess a quality that a lot of bands lack. That is, the ability to not only sound good in recorded form, but to able to translate said sound live as well. I’ve had the opportunity to see them twice—at last years Coachella and at a much smaller and more intimate show at the Troubadour—and both times I was in awe.

And while the TDC is only three songs (Wide Eyes, Cards & Quarters, Airplanes) long, it packs that same awe-inspiring feeling that I’ve felt at their shows before. Which, if you ask me, isn’t a bad feeling to have at five in the afternoon.

Check it out here. Along with, if you haven’t already, their catchy debut album Gorilla Manor.