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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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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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Hear Natalie Prass’ new album now on NPR First Listen

Natalie Prass’ The Future and The Past album art

Richmond-based singer-songwriter Natalie Prass has returned with her sophomore album, The Future and The Past, available to steam now through NPR’s First Listen series.

Prass kicks off her latest effort with a funk-soaked banger in the form of “Oh My.” Lyrically, she weaves sociopolitical verses throughout the track, opening with “I can’t believe the things I hear / What is truth and what is fear.” Second track and lead single “Short Court Style” is the Juno-bass thumping, XPN-fave we’re all familiar with. Prass closed her NonCOMM set with the track, a fan favorite from the night. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Natalie Prass breaks out the disco ball in groovy set

Natalie Prass | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

If there’s one thing I learned from Natalie Prass’s NonCOMM set, it’s that she knows how to groove.

Playing new songs off her upcoming album, The Future And The Past, the performance ranged from slower, smoky jazz ballads (“Hot For the Mountain,”) to bluesy disco jams (“Sisters,”) and a funky pop party (“Short Court Style.”) Throughout each, Prass and her snazzy, jazzy band had a blast as they danced and smiled along to the infectious rhythm. Continue reading →

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#XPNFest announces more artists, incl. Natalie Prass and The National Reserve

Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen // Fantastic Negrito // The National Reserve | photo by Michael Cooper // Forth Wanderers | photo by Julia Leiby // all photos courtesy of the artists

77 more days, 11 weeks left, a little over two months to go – however you want to say it, you better believe XPNFest is coming up quickly! Kicking off on Friday, July 27 across the river in Wiggins Park, NJ, the annual festival is returning for its 25th rendition. Today, we’re pleased to announce four more artists set to appear at the fest.

Joining the Wiggins Park crowd on Friday is Brooklyn’s The National Reserve, who just wrapped up a Free at Noon set earlier this afternoon. The Brooklynites show off their bluesy brand of Americana rock on their latest album, Motel La Grange, which just so happens to be out today. Give the album a spin if you missed the band’s set, or relisten to some of the tracks the band played earlier on air. Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass’ “Lost” tackles toxic relationships

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

Richmond, VA-based artist Natalie Prass is back with her third single, “Lost,” set to appear on sophomore LP The Future and the Past, out June 1. “Lost” shows off Natalie Prass’ jazz and pop vocal prowess, from breathy, staccato chops in the verses, to the full and sweeping chorus. The piano ballad comes off melancholic, the perfect backing track for Prass’ narrative. Continue reading →

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Watch Natalie Prass perform “Short Court Style” on “Conan,” catch her at Johnny Brenda’s in June

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

Over the last decade, Natalie Prass has done everything from playing keys in Jenny Lewis’ touring band to releasing two EPs and a full-length under her own solo project, gliding into instant indie acclaim. Now, the folk-turned-pop singer-songwriter can add performing on national television to the list. Continue reading →

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WXPN at SXSW: Highlights from the 2018 festival

Lo Moon | SXSW Public Radio Day Stage | Photo by Gus Philippas | Courtsey of WFUV

SXSW, the annual music festival in Austin, Texas wrapped up Sunday. Philly was repped with performances throughout the week by Queen Of Jeans, Hop Along, Ron Gallo, and others, as well as WXPN’s presence at several events. Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass’ new single and music video “Short Court Style” will have you grooving

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

Virginia Beach indie pop artist Natalie Prass just announced her sophomore album The Future and the Past, the follow-up to her self-titled debut from 2015. The album is scheduled to release June 1st via ATO Records, and she just released a music video for the single, “Short Court Style.” The track is a fresh piece of pop with a memorable hook, a funky groove and the odd music video — which features some dazzling merry-go-round footage — fits somewhat perfectly with it. Continue reading →

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Whitney bring the joyous Light Upon The Lake to Union Transfer

Whitney | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

On Monday night, Chicago indie rock band Whitney, who released their acclaimed debut Light Upon The Lake last year, played to fans both young and old at a packed Union Transfer. “This might be the biggest room we’ve played so far,” remarked vocalist/drummer Julian Ehrlich. “Get used to it!” exclaimed a voice from the audience, and he’s right. This talented six-piece, playing a modern version of soul/country-infused indie rock with catchy, cathartic melodies, only has larger rooms in front of them.

“The last time we were here in Philadelphia,” said Ehrlich, “We played at Johnny Brenda’s and there were five people there.” Whitney was started by Ehrlich (formerly of Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and guitarist Max Kakacek (of the disbanded Smith Westerns) in Chicago in 2015. Their set, which lasted a little over an hour, was made up of all the songs from their record, with a couple new ones thrown in as well. Continue reading →