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Local Natives tour coming to Jacksonville

Local Natives guitarist and singer, Taylor Rice, during a performance at Coachella Music Festival
Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images

Jacksonville indie music fans are forced to be diligent about knowing where their favorite bands are performing and buy tickets early to ensure a spot at the show. One of Jacksonville’s most popular concert venues, Freebird Live, is only fit for about 700 people. When prominent or nationally recognized artists come to town, it is almost guaranteed the shows will sell out and quick.

The Local Natives is scheduled to perform at Freebird Live on April 17, 2014. The band has toured with the well known bands Arcade Fire and The National. They begin their tour in late March with the mainstream band, Kings of Leon. By the time they reach Jacksonville, though, the Local Natives will be headlining with openers Moses Sumney.

For fans of psychedelic, dreamy rock music, a Local Natives show will not disappoint. According to Spotify, the band has nearly 100,000 followers and is comparable to Grizzly Bear or Portugal, The Man. The most unique aspect of this band is the way the drums sound isolated from the melody. The drummer, Matt Frazier, stands out with a clear sound and exemplifies the reason bands have drummers in the first place with heavy snare beats keeping the music at tempo.

The Local Natives, a quartet of Los Angeles indie artists, have released two albums through the New York record label Frenchkiss Records. This label has delivered albums from a number of popular indie artists and bands, including The Antlers, Passion Pit and Bloc Party.

The Local Natives’ sophomore album, Hummingbirds, conveys a more mature and experimental version of their sound. After the release of their first album, Gorilla Manor, the band went through some personal hardships. They struggled with relationships and one band member even lost a family member. It is evident, through their lyrics, that the songs became a coping mechanism. The band’s biography on Jax Live says it best; “they are fragile and powerful, opulent and spare, tense and poised.”

The show starts at 8 pm at Freebird Live and tickets cost $20 in advance.
200 North 1st Street
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
(904) 246-BIRD