Local Natives Unveil New Single, Album and Tour

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Local Natives  have announced that the title of their third album is Sunlit Youth, and that it will be released Sept. 9. They also posted the video to a new song, “Villainy,” the second song to be released from Sunlit Youth, and announced a world tour. (They’re not the only band to hit for the cycle today, so to speak.)

The release of “Villainy” follows “Past Lives,” which was released on April 29, and was the first song the indie-rock band put out since 2013. They’re calling Sunlit Youth the final piece in a trilogy, with their 2010 debut album Gorilla Manor and 2013’s Hummingbird as the first two parts.

“Villainy” premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show yesterday. The song is beat-heavy, a bit more aggressive than what we’ve heard previously from them, but frontman Taylor Rice’s vocals remain as smooth and atmospheric as ever. The video, directed by Andrew Droz Palermo (of Rich Hill documentary fame), is a lyric video of sorts, featuring a sometimes-skewed projection of the lyrics and the band members dancing in slow motion.

Following sets at festivals like Forecastle and Lollapalooza, Local Natives will embark on a world tour in September, with dates across the U.S. Watch the video for “Villainy” below and beneath that, find the full list of newly announced tour dates.

September
14 – Tempe, Ariz. @ The Marquee Theater
15 – San Diego, Calif. @ The North Park Theatre
16 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Greek Theatre
17 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
19 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom
20 – Seattle, Wash. @ Moore Theatre
22 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot
23 – Denver Colo. @ Ogden Theatre
24 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Crossroads KC
27 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Riverside Theater
28 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
30 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom

October
5 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
7 – New Orleans, La. @ The Civic Theatre
11 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Iron City Birmingham
12 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Tabernacle
14 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
15 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore Charlotte
16 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
17 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
19 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ Electric Factory
21 – Providence, R.I. @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
22 – Boston, Mass. @ House of Blues
25 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
26 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5

November
1 – Oxford, U.K. @ Academy 1
2 – London, U.K. @ Koko
4 – Bristol, U.K. @ Motion
6 – Glasgow, U.K. @ QMU
7 – Leeds, U.K. @ Stylus
8 – Manchester, U.K. @ Albert Hall
10 – Paris, France @ Le Trianon
11 – Zürich, Switzerland @ Rote Fabrik
12 – Brussels, Belgium @ Cirque Royale
13 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
15 – Milan, Italy @ Magnolia
16 – Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich
17 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
19 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Medis
20 – Oslo, Norway @ Rockfeller
21 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pustervik
22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Main Hall

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