Neptune Theatre University District
May 16–17, 8:30 pm All Ages
Recommended by Leilani Polk
Local Natives are stellar. Their sound has evolved a bit from the vigorously rocking, melody-rich, percussion-powered, and at times poignant debut album, 2009’s Gorilla Manor. Fourth and latest Violet Street took them a year to make with producer Shawn Everett (Kacey Musgraves, the War on Drugs), and it’s a little groovier, a tad more psychedelic, and by their measure, a lot more experimental than past efforts, at least in the studio, where they’ve claimed influence from Brian Eno and how he made records for the Talking Heads. It’s nice, with a definitive highlight in the primal, dense, horn-blasted “Shy.” I saw Local Natives with a crowd that often howled along to entire passages, and the spirited outfit seemed 100 percent invested in giving us a good time. My guess is this commitment has only deepened.