Band Crush :: Local Natives

If you know me, you know that my latest obsession is Local Natives. I love them. Mustache, beards, cute curly hair and all.
Anyway, so the music. Their music is fantastic. I mean if you like awesome music with three-part harmonies, percussion blasts and thoughtful lyrics, you’ll definitely like Local Natives. Their debut record, Gorilla Manor, is out now on Frenchkiss Records and you need to buy it. Go!
On Saturday, May 1, I was lucky enough to catch these incredible dudes, who hail from Silverlake, CA, twice when they stopped in Atlanta. Once at Criminal Records in Little Five Points and then later that night at The Masquerade. Both shows were amazing. The unplugged acoustic in-store was crowded and intimate. They played the popular Airplanes, Sun Hands, Wide Eyes and my personal favorite, a cover of the Talking Heads‘ song Warning Sign. And of course because they are super nice, they stuck around, signed autographs and chatted with some fans before heading down the street to The Masquerade.
That night at The Masquerade, they played to a packed house downstairs in the area of the venue known as “Hell”. Again, very intimate and very crowded, but in a good way. The only complaint I have is the crowd was rather dead. I felt like my group of friends and me were the only people moving. Especially during Suckers (follow them on Twitter and give them a thumbs up on Facebook), the opening act from Brooklyn, NY. Maybe everyone was just in awe of these two really fantastic bands, who knows? Needless to say the show didn’t let me down. They put on such an incredible show and are such nice guys (I can’t say that enough, they are SO nice!). Both bands hung out with fans after the Masquerade show, signing autographs and posing for pictures. Side note, Suckers is releasing their debut, Wild Smile, in June. It’s going to awesome!
Seriously, you have to at least check out Local Natives. You can catch them in a city near you on this current tour, check their website or Myspace for dates. They will also be at Bonnaroo (June 10-13). I know I’ll make an effort to see them again as soon as possible, you should as well!
Pst… follow Local Natives on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook if you know what’s good for you.
And if you don’t believe me when I say, “This band is great!” Just give them a listen, this song is also a favorite of mine.

Who Knows, Who Cares

Vampire Weekend :: Two doses of awesome

Alright, so I love Rancid. I really love Rancid. And I really love Vampire Weekend. When the two are put together, it just makes it that much better. I’m not too sure how I didn’t know about this until about 20 minutes ago, but nonetheless here it is. Vampire Weekend doing a fantastic cover of one or my favorite Rancid songs, ‘Ruby Soho’.
Ruby Soho (Rancid Cover)
You can get a link to the download from Abeano music blog.

But wait, there’s more! Vampire Weekend has also released a music video for “Giving Up The Gun”. The video is directed by The Malloys and features cameos from Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lil’ Jon and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.

SASQUATCH! :: Awesome Alert

I can’t believe I am just now posting something about this. Anyway, Sasquatch Festival in Washington state is going to be so awesome. I want to go so bad, but I live on the other side of the country and I’m broke. If you have the means or live in or near Quincy, WA, you need to go. And then report back on how freaking awesome it was.

So without further ado, the line up:
My Morning Jacket
Massive Attack
Pavement << FAVORITE!
Ween
Vampire Weekend << They will be in Atlanta in April at the Tabernacle.
MGMT
Band of Horses
The National <<
LCD Soundsystem <<
Tegan & Sara
Broken Social Scene
Passion Pit <<
Deadmau5
She & Him << Will be in Savannah next month.
Public Enemy <<
Nada Surf <<
The New Pornographers <<
The Hold Steady <<
The xx << SO GOOD! They’ll also be in Atlanta next month!
Dirty Projectors
OK Go
Drive By Truckers
Kid Cudi << Huge crush!
The Long Winters
Minus the Bear
The Mountain Goats
Quasi
Camera Obscura << LOVE THEM! Saw them at the 40 Watt. Check out my photos!
Fruit Bats
Brother Ali
Midlake <<
Dr. Dog
Caribou
Simian Mobile Disco
City & Colour
No Age
The Temper Trap
Vetiver
Miike Snow
Portugal. The Man
Telekinesis
Mayer Hawthorne
Why?
Girls << LOVE THEM SO MUCH! They just did an in-store @ Criminal Records and played The EARL.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros <<
Wale <<
The Lonely Forest
Japandroids
Boys Noize
Yacht
Freelance Whales
Laura Marling
Patrick Watson
Past Lives
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Low Anthem
The Very Best <<
Phantogram
Neon Indian <<
Nurses
The Tallest Man on Earth
Fresh Espresso
Mumford & Sons
Jets Overhead
tUnE-YarDs
Shabazz Palaces
Fool’s Gold
Morning Teleportation
Z-Trip
Dam-Funk
Hudson Mohawke
The Middle East <<
Local Natives <<
Avi Buffalo
Booka Shade
A-Trak
Yes Giantess
Craig Robinson
Rob Riggle
Garfunkel & Oates << HILARIOUS!
Luke Burbank
…and more to come!

So tickets are $70 for a single day (Feb. 20-May 23), per day and discounted 3-day passes are $170 (only available through Sunday, Feb. 21 at midnight. You better get ‘em fast!). Tickets go on sale at this rate on Saturday, Feb. 20. Single day tickets go up to $80 a day on May 24 until May 28. And the day of the show, single day tickets are $86 per day.
Follow Sasquatch Festival on Twitter and be their fan on Facebook!

Photos: Camera Obscura with Venice is Sinking & Papercuts

Live at the fabulous 40 Watt in Athens, GA on 12/3/09

Venice is Sinking

Papercuts

Camera Obscura

This was the first time ever seeing these bands live for me and it was incredible. Honestly, if you don’t listen to these bands already you need to get on that. Everything about these three bands is beautiful. You will not be disappointed.

More links!
Follow Camera Obscura on Twitter!
Follow Venice is Sinking on Twitter!
Follow the 40 Watt on Twitter!

And check out my Youtube page for a video of Camera Obscura and Papercuts. They aren’t fantastic quality and I’m dancing during the Camera Obscura one, so, it’s a little jumpy. The link is at the top right hand of this page.

Savannah Record and Zine Fair :: Something cool to do

So many cool things are happening this weekend.
If you live in the Savannah, GA area or have the means to get there go to the Savannah Record and Zine Fair. It’s this Saturday, October 24th from 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. The location is at the Oglethorpe House Ballroom, 201 W. Oglethorpe Ave. It is hosted by SCAD Radio and District.

From their website:

Dealers from around the Southeast will offer vinyl, CDs, DVDs and music memorabilia. This year the record fair has expanded to include comics, ‘zines and other independent publications. Admission is free and open to the public. Use the form below to begin the vendor registration process. If you are more interested in the Zine fair aspect of the event, use the registration form here. For more information, contact Kim Herrington at kcherrin@scad.edu or 912-525-5502.

There is more info on the website for the fair so go and check it out.
Analog Apartment also has info regarding the fair.

And here’s a flyer for all you visual folks pulled from the fair’s website.
Picture-8

And follow them on Twitter! Also check out their Facebook event which is linked on their website.