- Havin' a ball!
L.A. quintet Local Natives are all about the spirit of collaboration. They share everything: a house, songwriting duties, and album design. They’ve been touring steadily and making a name for themselves ever since their 2009 South by Southwest gigs (they played nine shows). They’re big in Europe, where they’ve been compared to Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, and Fleet Foxes. Indeed, their debut album, Gorilla Manor, carries an Afropop influence similar to Vampire Weekend, their high-energy choruses often recall Arcade Fire, and their harmonies dip from the same well that inspires Fleet Foxes. But the expertly crafted “World News” and “Camera Talk” show that the band is adept at melding their influences into a crafty whole. Openers Suckers, from Brooklyn, are riding some blog buzz as they prepare to release their debut album, Wild Smile, next month. So get there early. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern. Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. —Chris Drabick