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Modern Act: Cloud Nothings LIVE, holiday tunes from Sad13 & Natalie Prass on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

I could not be happier to tell you this: the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BAAAAACK!! After the #XPNAtoZ wrapped up last week, we’ve been itching to get back to our Friday night spot on WXPN with you. Tonight’s show is so wonderful, it even begins at a special time: Tune in at 10pm ET for a full two-hour IRHP that will light the way to the start of The Night Before with Robert Drake at midnight!

We’ll premiere our IRHP Live Session with Cloud Nothings (which you can check out HERE) and listen to new holiday tunes from Sad13, Deep Cuts and Natalie Prass to get you in the seasonal mood…

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Celebrate the holidays with Natalie Prass in the new “Everybody’s Having Fun (It’s Christmas Time)” video

Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass | Photo by John Vettese

As our Eric Schuman said earlier today on Twitter, new original Christmas songs are great, Natalie Prass is great — so this new video from the Richmond, Virginia singer-songwriter is an example of great things coming together.

Prass released the playful, electropop-tinged video for “Everybody’s Having Fun (It’s Christmas Time)” (shot mostly in an empty parking lot) on her Facebook page earlier today. The song is available for download on Bandcamp, and will benefit School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass to release new EP including covers of Anita Baker, Simon & Garfunkel, and Grimes

Natalie Prass | Photo by Ryan Patterson
Natalie Prass | Photo by Ryan Patterson

Natalie Prass, the Virginia Beach jazzy singer, just announced that she will be releasing her new EP, Side by Side, via StarTime International on November 20th. The five-track EP will feature live tracks of “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” and “Christy,” two originals that she released on her debut self-titled album in January. The other three tracks are live covers of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture”, Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”, and Grimes’ “REALiTI.” Continue reading →

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Recap: Natalie Prass delighted NonCOMM with a stunning set of solo pop

Natalie Prass | Photo by John Vettese
Natalie Prass | Photo by John Vettese

Richmond singer-songwriter Natalie Prass has gotten a lot of praise for her lushly arranged debut album. But for her appearance at NonCOMM, she took it down as minimal as it would go. Two guitars – one played by her, one by her bandmate and producer Trey Pollard – and her dulcet voice delivering quirky pop, and they totally nailed it. “We’ve never played this many songs with just the two of us,” Prass told the crowd. But the minimal approach allowed for a focus on the songs, and jams like “Bird of Prey” are just as catchy with two people as they would be with ten. Check out photos from the set in the gallery below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Natalie Prass at Boot & Saddle, Branford Marsalis at Zellerbach Theater, Jason Isbell at the Keswick

Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass | photo via www.facebook.com/natalieprass

Natalie Prass brings her debut LP to Boot & Saddle tonight. You might recognize her as the keyboard player on Jenny Lewis’s tour last year, but this first offering from the Cleveborn singer-songwriter shows her talents reach much further than piano. Her “Bird of Prey” single was XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week back in January, its playful yet self-assured arrangements of horns and strings buoying Prass’s up close and personal vocals. Listen to the song below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show with Lady Lady here.
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Now Hear This: New music by Miguel, Baths, Karl Blau, Phoebe Bridgers, Little Mazarn, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and more

Phoebe Bridgers | Photo by Frank Ockenfels | via Dead Oceans

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

Happy 2018! The year’s off to a great start, musically speaking, with much to look forward to on the horizon (including some heavy-hitters poised to return – The Breeders, David Byrne, Superchunk and Jack White among them) and a surprising number of strong releases already out in the world, a mere two weeks into the year. Plus the local concert calendar is already heating up, possibly more than any January I can remember. Let’s take a look at some of what’s ahead, concert-wise, by simultaneously taking one final glance back to 2017 at some cuts by artists who had notable breakthrough years, a few great late fall/early winter releases, and a smattering of others that you (or I) might have overlooked along the way. All but one have upcoming Philly tour dates – many of them happening this month and several further on down the line. Continue reading →