Music Scene: Local Natives, David Wax Museum
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Intricate instrumentation, layered harmonies and a well-orchestrated execution of complex yet infectious melodies give insight into the collaborative effort existing within the California-based indie quartet Local Natives.
While the core of the group formed while in high school, it wasn’t until its members graduated from college and moved in together in 2008 that Local Natives really began taking shape.
The band’s 2009 debut, “Gorilla Manor,” and a nine-show stint at South By Southwest (SXSW) that same year gave rise to critical praise and an underground buzz that propelled the album to No. 160 on the Billboard charts, thanks in large part to the popular singles “Airplanes,” “Who Knows Who Cares” and “Wide Eyes.”
The band’s sophomore album, “Hummingbird,” was released earlier this year to an impressive Billboard chart performance, reaching the No. 12 spot within the first few months.
Local Natives will perform Tuesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 the day of the show, and are available at the Music Farm box office or online at TicketFly.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m.
Call 577-6989 or go to MusicFarm.com for more information.
David Wax Museum
By the time the folk duo released its sophomore album, “Carpenter Bird,” in 2010, David Wax Museum already was emerging as a critics’ darling for its intricate melding of carefully studied Latin folk, Americana and indie rock.
The album’s critical success that year quietly pushed the pair into wider popularity, as the band won a spot at 2010’s Newport Folk Festival and won a Boston Music Award for Best Americana Act the same year.
Lead singer/songwriter David Wax was born in Missouri but took an interest in Latin folk music while attending the exclusive and famously small Deep Springs College; he also studied at Harvard University.
Fiddler and multi-instrumentalist Suz Slezak helped bring Wax’s vision for combining traditional Latin and American folk music with modern influences into existence, and together the pair have earned praise from such reputable sources as Time magazine and The New York Times.
David Wax Museum will perform Thursday at the Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, in support of its latest effort, 2012’s “Knock Knock Get Up.”
Special guests River Whyless and Logan Venderlic also will perform. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at Etix.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 9:45 p.m.
Call 571-4343 or go to CharlestonPourHouse.com for more information.