Originally known as Cavil at Rest, Local Natives first gained widespread attention at 2009's South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. But as recording artists, housemates Kelcey Ayer, Ryan Hah, Taylor Rice, Matt Frazier and Andy Hamm made their first impression in the U.K., where they released their debut album last fall.
Local Natives. Kyle Johnson
Gorilla Manor, named for Local Natives' shared abode in Orange County, comes out here next month. An emotionally rich yet unfailingly cheerful pop disc, it weaves together three-part harmonies and a hyperactive percussion section; it's also won the band comparisons to the likes of Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire and Band of Horses.