L.A.’s Local Natives are one of those buzzed-about indie acts that inevitably garner comparisons to a host of other buzzed-about bands—in their case, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, The Dodos, Fleet Foxes—out of some compulsory need for critics to either link them in the grand progression of rock or to describe a band that clearly consumed recent influences and then sonically vomited them out. Thankfully, the comparisons are mostly complimentary and appropriate for Local Natives, whose newest album, “Gorilla Manor” exhibits most of the more exciting traits of recent indie rock: gorgeous three-part harmonies, liberal use of orchestral arrangements and aggressive drumming sequences. The band’s only pressing weakness is its Grizzly Bear-like tendency to compose in some obscure scale—fine in moderation, but occasionally the source of a boring melody. Apart from that, Local Natives are stirring, sophisticated and rarely vomit-inducing. (Andy Seifert)
May 14 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508, at 7pm & 10:30pm. $10.