PICS: Local Natives at the Observatory North Park

Support 'local' music: Local Natives delivered a gorgeous, commanding set of heartfelt indie-rock/pop at the Observatory North Park recently.

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As you can see, the LA band's shows are up-close-and-personal affairs -- their live performances are nothing short of legendary at this point!
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The group, which got its start in 2008 or so in Silverlake, consists of drummer Matt Frazier, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Hahn, guitarist/vocalist Taylor Rice, keyboardist/bassist Nik Ewing and keyboardist/vocalist Kelcey Ayer (pictured left to right).
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To say their June 19 show was highly anticipated here in town would be an understatement -- it sold out immediately after tickets went on sale. (Rice pictured)
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The band is currently on tour in support of their latest studio album, "Violet Street," which came out in April and features the single "When Am I Gonna Lose You" (actress Kate Mara stars in its accompanying video). (Hahn pictured)
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Their Observatory North Park performance saw them play a 21-song set list, which consisted of the following songs: "Vogue," "Sun Hands," "You & I," "Café Amarillo," "Ceilings," "I Saw You Close Your Eyes," "Coins"... (Ayer pictured)
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Followed by "Megaton Mile," "Someday Now," "Past Lives," "Fountain of Youth," "Gulf Shores," "Airplanes," "Wide Eyes," "Heavy Feet"... (Frazier pictured)
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Along with "Garden of Elysian," "Dark Days," and "When Am I Gonna Lose You." They wrapped up the show with a three-song encore of "Shy," "Tap Dancer" and "Who Knows, Who Cares."
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Local Natives burst into the music world with the release of their massively successful debut album "Gorilla Manor" in 2009. Their 2013 follow-up, "Hummingbird" -- which, during a 2014 SoundDiego interview, Rice (pictured) admitted was written as the band "went through some pretty difficult times" -- brought them even more commercial and critical acclaim. Two years later, they released yet another excellent album "Sunlit Youth."
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Fun fact: Bassist Nik Ewing (pictured) is a former San Diegan (he used to play in a local band called the Howls). Aside from his work with his Local Natives bandmates, he also releases solo work under the Chewing moniker. Earlier this year, he released a cover album that reimagined Dennis Wilson's 1977 "Pacific Ocean Blue" record. It's absolutely beautiful -- definitely check it out!
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Ewing's local ties aside, the band is definitely no stranger to San Diego stages (we like to think we're their home away from home) -- or any other stages around the world for that matter. They played more than 188 shows in 2013 alone (for which Songkick named them the "hardest working band in 2013")! That's no small feat.
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'Twas an amazing show and everything we'd hoped it would be -- come back soon, lads!
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