words by Rebecca Hirschman, photos by Josh Darr

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Los Angeles, CA's Local Natives played Columbia College Chicago's Chaos 2011 (previously featuring bands such as Portugal the Man, and Crystal Castles) this past Friday (4/29). The band kicked off their set with "Cards & Quarters" from their debut LP Gorilla Manor, released February 16th, 2010 via Frenchkiss Records.

Up next came "Sticky Thread" featuring lofty, clear vocals with well-executed harmonies. To an enthusiastic crowd of zealous college students, the band asked if everyone was having a good time, and then proceeded to ask, "Is there any way we can turn the lights off back there? It's too much like a school campus right now." An understandable request as the boys played in front of a makeshift backdrop of three hanging sheets, but the college atmosphere gave the performance a more personal, intimate feeling.

The band then moved into "Wide Eyes" the opening track from Gorilla Manor, followed by "Shape Shifter", and an extremely successful, low key, soft re-written version of "Cubism Dream" that the band said they re-worked when they were here in Illinois last year for a session with Daytrotter. The set slowly began to wind down, the devoted crowd sang along to "Airplanes" as band member Ryan Hahn pulled out his mandolin, the group then shifted to "Who Knows Who Cares" with a slow piano build up to start it off. The incredibly executed, audibly pleasing set ended with the bands first single off of their debut LP, "Sun Hands" with everyone in the room singing along, hands in the air.

If you haven't gotten a chance to see Local Natives in action yet or simply want a reprise, they will be at Sasquatch! Music Festival in George, WA (5/27-5/30) and will be back in Chicago in August for Lollapalooza 2011.

Head below to check out more of Josh Darr's photographs, and Local Natives' setlist.

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LOCAL NATIVES - 'CHAOS 2011' 4/29 @ COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO SETLIST
Cards & Quarters
Sticky Thread
Wide Eyes
Shape Shifter
Cubism Dream (reworked version)
Stranger Things
Airplanes
Who Knows Who Cares
Sun Hands
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