SXSW 2010: Local Natives @ Emo’s, 3.18.10

Local Natives
Photo by David Greenwald

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Local Natives own the dubious honor of being the first non-Smell-related Los Angeles guitar band to earn a Best New Music maybe ever. But if any group deserves to be the one to thaw the site’s frigid East Coast bias, it’s the Natives — the band has more stage presence than the entire chillwave scene combined. While the material still isn’t quite on par with fellow folk-rockers such as Grizzly Bear or the Acorn, their debut, Gorilla Manor, is starting to grow on me. Their best new music may be yet to come.

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