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Coachella Coverage: Local Natives Won't Be Local For Too Much Longer

Coachella seemed to be the proper happy ending to this indie-band fairytale, right? Five L.A. lads form a band, rent a house and make some music. Their songs are laced with perfectly-pitched harmonies, inescapably catchy rhythms and epic-esque melodies. They book shows at neighborhood lounges, then sell out holiday fundraisers. Suddenly, said band (with their effortlessly-coiffed facial hair and worn in skinny jeans) make it big and achieve the impossible SoCal musical dream they book Coachella.

It quickly became apparent though, from the get-go of their 2 p.m. Sunday set, that this wasn't an end by any means for the Local Natives, but a mere milestone in their budding career. "This is awesome," said a very gracious Taylor Rice to an impressively packed Gobi tent. Yet, even for a fan as big as me, I worried whether they could handle the "heat" (after all, it's Coachella). With only a few minor sound problems in their way, the humble quintet did what they do best and did it well
they drove their three-part harmonies home and rocked their polyrhythmic orchestration the way their fans (some smeared with tribal paint across their faces) knew they could c/o their debut album Gorilla ManorAnd though we wouldn't say this is their last desert fest appearance, the guys played as though there was no guarantee of a next time, from the opening strings of "Wide Eyes" to the shouting choruses of "Sun Hands." We can't wait to see what's ahead for our Silverlake sweethearts, but we know it's big, and after what most people have been calling their "breakout performance," we know the Local Natives are more than up for challenge. -Sara Tan


Follow the White Rabbit

We all get that text message eventually: "Hey Dude! Come to this show tonight at this hole in the wall place with bands you've never heard of!" You shrug it off and turn on the TV to watch South Park. Well I got that text message, and so did a dozen other people, to catch a show for Zach and Kyle of The Braces, The Sheds, and one of Chicago's finest: Into It.Over It. at Dig In of Highland Park. Twas a mellow night with nodding heads all around and I didn't regret missing some primetime TV.

-Angelo Lorenzo



Running Amok

Deli fave Correatown uses unique chord structure and melody to enrapture her listeners. We Barbarians combine Bono-sounding wailing (less pretentious of course) with lo-fi guitar distortion. These two great L.A. acts take the stage at Echo this Thursday April 22, joined also by the talented gals of All Wrong and The Plans Change.


Best of LA #16- Professor Calculus

Fans of mathematics and non-conformist venues, I present to you: Professor Calculus!  Together since November of 2009, this gaggle of gents has taken a slightly unconventional approach to presenting their music.  Reliant solely on word of mouth, Professor Calculus prefers to play parking lots, grocery stores, public parks and alleys.  This spontaneous approach to performing adds to their raucous, punk sensibility.  While I can't tell you where they will be playing next, I can suggest loitering in various Ralphs' parking lots and crossing your fingers. 


Watch out, fat cats

Pinch me, I must be dreaming. A cool indie band of young creatives achieving socio-political relevance through music video with a classically styled send-up of film-noir police dramas might be too good to be true. Maybe I’m reaching, but the their video Ponzi Scheme is definitely worth checking out. White Lights plays live at the Hotel Café this Saturday, April 24.