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The Naked and Famous bring Simple Forms to the Underground –

Music in CLT reached another level on Saturday!

Photos by Brian Twitty

Words by Sheila Walsh

The Naked and Famous

The Fillmore Underground was home to a whirlwind of indie electronic vibes as The Naked and Famous came through the Queen City on their Spring tour. Joining them along for the ride was Wavves and Luna Shadows, both rockstars in their respective niches in L.A.; this tour is one of those situations where all bands on the lineup are headline-worthy. With the local Reverb Fest 5 happening just around the corner, CLT was full of some of the best up-and-coming artists in the nation on Saturday!

Luna Shadows was the first to step on the compact stage at the Underground, bombarding the audience with her signature dark, synth-pop melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. A large stage presence can do wonders for a live show, but Luna Shadows has got the music to back it up. With her “romantic melancholy” and incessant need to create in tow, Luna Shadows is quickly climbing the metaphorical musical ladder. She’s going to own that ladder one day, you know.

Her latest single, entitled “Cheerleader,” is 2017’s glimpse into the future of the L.A. queen. What’s on the horizon is up for grabs as the world is in Luna Shadows tiny, magical palm.

Just down the industry street is LA’s Wavves (Ghost Ramp), a surf punk band with the ocean in their veins and some sick riffs in their records. The band is currently supporting their upcoming fifth album, You’re Welcome, due May 19th on all of our favorite streaming platforms.

Check out Jackson’s write up on the band as you breeze through a Wavves playlist!

If you haven’t given Wavves a listen yet, put them on the next time you’re in need of a feel-good, loud, fast distraction from the mundane. Easy to memorize, easy to yell along to, the surf-rockers know how to pack energy into a track, and will unleash that energy at their show. A great first track would be the title track of the new album, “You’re Welcome” or “Animal,” two singles coming from the new record.

All the way from Auckland, New Zealand, indie’s favorite pop group is back in good ol’ Charlotte. The Naked and Famous (Somewhat Damaged), now based out of L.A., are currently touring to supporting their latest (and best record, in my teeny tiny opinion), Simple Forms. If you missed this tour, you basically are going to get another chance to see it on a whole different level later this year. Wavves and The Naked and Famous are both opening for Blink-182 this Spring, and hot damn if that isn’t a sick lineup.

The Naked and Famous

You can find dates for the rest of the tour here, as well as dates for Wavves and The Naked and Famous with Blink-182 right here.

Check out the rest of the gallery here!

Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

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