Coachella 2013: LA acts Lord Huron and Local Natives play first day of fest

Coachella 2013: LA acts Lord Huron and Local Natives play first day of fest

Liset Márquez, Staff writer
Posted:   04/13/2013 11:26:23 AM PDT
Updated:   04/13/2013 08:59:47 PM PDT


Lord Huron plays the Gobi Tent on the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Writer)

Taylor Rice of Local Natives (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Writer)

Photos: Photos from the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Photos: Lord Huron Performs at Coachella
Photos: Local Natives performs at Coachella
Special Section: Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

INDIO -It was a strong performance by Los Angeles’ own indie rock band Local Natives whose set included a mixture of songs from their debut album “Gorilla Manor” as well as their latest “Hummingbird” on the Outdoor Theatre Friday night.Known for a style of music that clashes the harmonies of its trio of singers with that of the beats of the band, the Silverlake band were in full force.

A foot-stomping and head-nodding Taylor Rice, and the rest of his bandmates who were just as energetic, ripped through singles “World News” Airplanes” from their debut album. They also included selection from their latest effort, “Hummingbird” such as the song”Ceilings.”

If you have seen them before then you know the band plays with such a intensity that you almost felt like this was their last. Friday was no different wooing the audience for their for nearly 40 minutes.

Friday’s set marked their return to the three-day music festival since 2010.

As Rice noted to the crowd, “This is a very special moment.” The band then band broke into their last song “Sun Hands” while the sun set.

Earlier in the day Lord Huron, another LA-based band, rocked the Gobi tent. Fronted by Ben Schneider, the indie folk band wasted no time in getting things going at Coachella, which is no easy task for early acts.

The audience was singing and dancing along almost from the moment Schneider, Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals) got on stage.

And Schneider seemed to acknowledge and feed off that energy.

Throughout the set, Schneider roamed around the stage while jamming with his bandmates and at one point broke his drum sticks with his knees.

To show his appreciation, and just before leaving the stage, Schneider looked backed at the crowd and tipped his hat to them.