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Natalie Prass keeps her sisters close at World Cafe Live

Natalie Prass | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

“It feels like we’ve played Philly the most on this album cycle,” Natalie Prass told a warm Friday night crowd at World Cafe Live earlier this month. And she’s not joking either: with NonCOMM, Free at Noon, a Johnny Brenda’s headliner, the XPoNential Music Festival, and an opening slot for Kacey Musgraves under her belt, the show marked the Richmond, Virgina singer-songwriter’s sixth visit to the 215 in the past twelve month. (Well, her sixth visit as a performer anyways; she’s engaged to her drummer, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, and his family lives locally, so Prass pops up locally as a civilian as well.)

What made the World Cafe Live show special, though: it was only the second time she’d headlined in Philly in that promo run for last year’s outstanding The Future and the Past. The XPNFest show, the one with Musgraves…both were terrific, but found Prass squeezing what she was all about into a 45-minute opener / festival set, hitting the highs while cutting the dynamics. Now that fans (Philly and otherwise) have had almost a year to soak into Future — and for newcomers to the Prass parade, acquaint themselves with her eclectic back catalog — this was a set that captured the breadth of what Prass could do, for a house of fans who were best primed to appreciate it. Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass and her band pool their collective strength at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

Natalie Prass | photo by Amr Alfiky for NPR

After spending much of 2018 on the road in support of The Future and the Past, Richmond singer-songwriter Natalie Prass is landing a lot of those coveted “musical guest” spots. We recently saw her on the Late Late Show with James Corden, where she delivered a discofied rendition of “Short Court Style” (a song that, no matter how often she performs it, we will not tire of), and today we are stoked to dive in to her Tiny Desk Concert, recorded in January at NPR HQ in Washington, D.C. while Prass was on tour opening for Kacey Musgraves. Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass brings a discofied “Short Court Style” to The Late Late Show with James Corden

Natalie Prass on The Late Late Show | still from video

Natalie Prass turned The Late Late Show with James Corden into a proper disco earlier this week when she appeared on the show to perform fan-favorite song “Short Court Style” — and for those of us who have trouble staying up past 1 a.m., a video of the performance is available now. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Natalie Prass will headline World Cafe Live in April

Natalie Prass | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Natalie Prass wrapped up a tour supporting Kacey Musgraves just a few days ago, but she’s already planning on heading back out on the road. The Richmond-based singer-songwriter just announced a string of headlining dates this spring in support of her recent album The Future and the Past, including a show at World Cafe Live on April 18. Becca Mancari of Bermuda Triangle will open all dates. Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass covers Prefab Sprout’s “Wild Horses”

Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Natalie Prass found herself in Philly so often in 2018, following the release her sophomore album The Future and The Past, that we were beginning to forget that she isn’t a local. Thankfully, the Richmond-based singer-songwriter will be back in town next Friday, January 18, for a show at the Fillmore supporting Kacey Musgraves. And ahead of the show, she has a new song for us to hear.

Prass has shared a new cover of “Wild Horses” by 80s Britpop band Prefab Sprout for Amazon Music; it’s available to stream and purchase exclusively at Amazon, but you can see a video of the song filmed live at Seattle venue Chop Suey below. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Natalie Prass grooves the afternoon away on the River Stage

Natalie Prass | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

Among her blue-clad band members stood Natalie Prass, front and center wearing a bright yellow dress and big white sunglasses. If an abstract artist looked at the outfit they might envision a flower, yellow with blue petals surrounding the center. Between the look and the sweet tunes coming from the stage, the band may have attracted a few unwanted listeners in the form of bumble bees to their set. Despite the brief disruption, Prass and company shook it off and provided sweet tunes to the festival-goers at the River Stage Saturday, sharing hip-shaking grooves and trance-inducing tracks throughout the afternoon. Continue reading →

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Listen to Natalie Prass perform and interview on World Cafe

Natalie Prass | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

This week, singer-songwriter Natalie Prass dropped by World Cafe to perform four songs from her new album, The Future and the Past. Backed by a hard-grooving full band, she performed spirited renditions of “Hot For The Mountain,” lead single “Short Court Style,” “Sisters,” and “Lost”.

She also sat down with Talia Schlanger for a candid interview, discussing the lengthy process of the album’s creation—including the pivotal role of the 2016 presidential election—as well as her experiences as a woman in the patriarchal music industry and her eye-catching outfit on a recent Conan performance. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Natalie Prass fuses neo-soul and power pop for a stripped down set

Natalie Prass | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Decked out in a sparkling yellow ensemble and backed by a full band, Natalie Prass performed songs from her new album The Future And The Past as well as some older songs. Prass opened with “The Fire,” a song that shows off her unique blend of neo-soul and power pop. Her music is full of infectious rhythms and on-a-dime key changes, expertly handled with her signature soprano. She mentioned the lack of their touring keyboardist, resulting in a more stripped-down set, but still perfectly and polished and executed with style. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Roots Picnic, Porchfest, Natalie Prass, Depeche Mode and more

The Roots at The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

No superstition here — this week we’ve got 13 concerts for you to see around the Philadelphia area, major festivals and basement shows alike. Start things off tonight on Lancaster Avenue, where if you time things correctly, you’ll be able to see three different gigs in one shot. Dive in Continue reading →