Marco van Rijt Little Dragon plays The Observatory Monday
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Monday, October 27
Yukimi Nagano, singer of Little Dragon, is kinda, sorta from Orange County. The vocalist's SoCal roots is surprising, given the electronic band has been Sweden's pride and joy since its eponymous set came out in 2007. But while Nagano was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, to a Japanese father and an American mother, as a kid, she lived in Orange County for a year with her grandparents in Santa Ana. It makes sense, when you consider how it all started for Little Dragon in Southern California. KCRW was the first station to play their breakthrough hit, "Twice," off their debut. It ended up getting TV air time as well, featured on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Revenge and The Vampire Diaries.
Fast forward seven years and three albums later, and Little Dragon's slow-yet-steady ascent into fame has pretty much turned the band from buzzy to major, selling out shows in venues across the United States. Their fourth album, Nabuma Rubberband, is the first one on a U.S. label, as well as the first to receive marketing support. (Lilledeshan Bose)