Weekly Roundup: Local Natives, Kendrick Lamar, The Coup, Kitten

Posted by Billy Gil, October 18, 2012 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Local Natives – “Breakers”

L.A.-based Local Natives have unveiled a new track from their forthcoming second album, Hummingbirds. It’s a bigger, more textured sound for the band, while retaining the rambunctious energy that made their first album such a delight. The band played Amoeba a while back as well — check out photos from that performance here.



Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”

Kendrick Lamar, of West Coast supergroup Black Hippy (Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul) and from our city of Compton, has dropped the first track form his upcoming first official album, good kid, m.A.A.d city (preorder here). “Backseat Freestyle” really does sound like he’s f-ing the world for 72 hours, as he says in the song. It’s tough and laid back and self-assured as its title would imply.


The Coup – “WAVIP (ft. Das Racist and Killer Mike)”

It’s great to hear from Oakland rappers The Coup again, especially sounding as ferocious as they do here, and boosted by guest spots from high-profile rappers Das Racist and Killer Mike, whose recent albums Relax and R.A.P. Music, respectively, are excellent. Their newest album, Sorry to Bother You, is out Oct. 30. See photos from The Coup's Amoeba Hollywood performance here.


Boots Riley of The Coup doing What's In My Bag? in 2009 at Amoeba Hollywood.


Kitten – “Japanese Eyes” video

I can’t stop listening to Kitten’s “Cut it Out” lately. And now the band, featuring young Siouxsie in training Chloe Chaidez, has unveiled another video from their great Cut It Out EP. Kitten’s pop-for-the-rest-of-us is just killer; I think this band is gonna be huge, or they should be. They play Oct. 25 at the Echo with L.A. psych-pop faves White Arrows.


Shows This Weekend:

Friday: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at the Greek Theatre; Audacity at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach

Saturday: Crystal Castles with Health at the Palladium; Crocodiles and The Soft Pack at The Echoplex

Sunday: Nick Waterhouse with Allah-Las at The El Rey (tickets are available at Amoeba Hollywood for $18 + a $2 service fee); Geneva Jacuzzi, Thieves Like Us and Violet Tremors at the Echo

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