Listen to Matt Nathanson’s Musicians On Call performance

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson performed a sold out benefit for WXPN’s Musicians On Call program on Febraury 20th at World Cafe Live. Since 2004, XPN has partnered with Musicians On Call, working with the national organization as the Philadelphia program that brings musicians to the bedsides of more than 50,000 patients and families throughout the Philadelphia region. The Bedside Performance Program provides weekly performances for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

MattAaron620x413After an opening set from Philly local artist Chris Kasper – which you can hear broadcast on XPN’s Philly Local show tonight – Nathanson played a set of songs culled mostly from his recent album, Last Of The Great Pretenders, joined by his guitarist Aaron Tap.  He also revisited some of his back catalog, including “Car Crash,” and “Come On Get Higher.” Throughout the evening, Nathanson was charismatic, entertaining, funny, and extremely personable. Live, Nathanon’s fun (and very funny) engagement with the audience is equally compelling as his performances, and the audience, packed mostly with fans, hung on to every word of his between song banter as well as the lyrics of the songs they sang along to. Listen to the show below. Matt returns to town with Gavin DeGraw to the Mann Center on Friday, August 15th. Go here for tickets.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Matt Nathanson at Musicians On Call Benefit at World Cafe Live, Teen Men at Boot and Saddle, Mo Lowda and The Humble at the TLA and more

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Photo courtesy of the artist

With 20 years in the industry under his belt, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson released his eighth album Last of the Great Pretenders last summer via Vanguard Records. After scoring a platinum hit with 2007’s succulent pop ballad “Come On Get Higher” (and playing the XPoNential Music Festival in 2008), Nathanson’s fanbase expanded greatly. Tonight, the Massachusetts native takes to the World Cafe Live stage for a show benefiting WXPN’s Musicians On Call initiative that brings musicians to the bedsides of hospital patients. Watch “Kinks Shirt” below and get tickets here.

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Just Announced: Matt Nathanson headlining WXPN’s Musicians On Call benefit concert (happening at World Cafe Live on 2/20)

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Matt Nathanson has been tapped to headline WXPN’s upcoming Musicians On Call benefit, taking place at World Cafe Live on February 20th.  The local non-profit brings live music to hospital patients across the Philadelphia region and has worked with Amos Lee, Mutlu and more, with past benefit headliners including Diego Garcia, Birdie Busch and Josh Ritter.

Since 2004, WXPN Musicians On Call has made a difference in the lives of more than 50,000 patients and their families by bringing live music to the bedsides of patients through weekly programs at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and four other local hospitals.

Nathanson released his eighth record Last of the Great Pretenders this past July, and will be giving a duo performance. Philly’s Chris Kasper, who recently released Bagabones, will play an opening set as well. But when you ask XPN’s Helen Leicht, who has worked with Musicians on Call for the past ten years, the program is not about records.

“When you see the smiles on the faces of the patients and their families you truly see the healing power of music,” Leicht says. “The artists also benefit from making this one-on-one connection. It’s not about the artist, it’s about knowing they have made a difference in someone’s life through the gift of music.”

Tickets for the concert are on sale now and are available here.  Below, listen to Matt Nathanson and his band cover The Kinks’ “Father Christmas.”


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Colin Meloy at the Keswick Theatre, XPN Welcomes Matt Nathanson to the Electric Factory, Far Out Fangtooth at Boot & Saddle and more


Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, brings his solo tour to the Keswick Theatre tonight.    The Portland, OR musician will be sharing new songs alongside tracks from his extensive catalog during the tour.  He’s also supporting a new cover EP called Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks, which he discussed in an interview with The Key earlier this week.  Tickets and information for the all-ages solo show can be found here.  Below, listen to Meloy covering “Sister I’m a Poet” from his previous Morrissey cover EP.

XPN welcomes Matt Nathanson to the Electric Factory tonight.  The poppy singer-songwriter is touring in support of a new album called Last of the Great Pretenders, released in July on Vanguard Records.  Tonight, Nathanson will be joined by Joshua Radin.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Last of the Great Pretenders‘ first single “Mission Bells.”

Local psychedelic rockers Far-Out Fangtooth celebrate the release of Borrowed Time tonight at Boot & Saddle.  It’s the second full-length LP for the two year old band, put out via legendary cult label Siltbreeze.  In an interview with The Key earlier this week, the band explained the root of their dark and gothy sound, in addition to detailing how Far-Out Fangtooth came together.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch their new video for “Beyond Your Bones” below.

Also Playing:

Built to Spill at Union Transfer (8:00 p.m., all ages, $22)

Pink Slip Daddy at Kung Fu Necktie (8:00 p.m., 21+, $10)


Get frisky with Matt Nathanson and the girl in the “Kinks Shirt” (playing the Electric Factory 11/2)

1Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson finds love in his new video for “Kinks Shirt”, from his latest LP, Last of the Great Pretenders. Nathanson is more than proud of the final product as he tells Rolling Stone: “This is far and away my favorite video I’ve ever made.” It’s a classic boy-meets-girl plot with a bit of a twist. As his infatuation grows, it turns out the apple of Nathanson’s eye is quite different than the catchy little ditty suggests…watch for yourself below.


Last-Minute Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Matt Nathanson (plus two copies of Modern Love, two t-shirts, AND two posters) at Electric Factory Oct. 1st

This week, we’ve got a pair of tickets (plus a whole lot of other stuff) for Matt Nathanson‘s performance at Electric Factory on Saturday, October 1st. For a chance to win more Matt Nathanson stuff than you could possibly handle, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. today (Thursday, September 29th). We’ll select the winners at random this evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. You’ll be able to pick up your tickets, albums, t-shirts, and posters at Will Call. (Just make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)


Matt Nathanson playing Electric Factory on Saturday October 1st

Matt Nathanson is playing the Electric Factory on Saturday, October 1st. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at Noon. Tickets are $25 General Admission, $28 Day of Show and are available Ticketmaster, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and The Electric Factory Box Office located at 421 N. 7th Street, Mon – Sat 12PM – 6PM. (No service fees for cash purchases!). Matt is currently on tour in support of his new album Modern Love. Below, check out the video of a new song, “Faster,” from Matt’s recent album.