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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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…
Living in Sudan, London and Ohio would be an interesting way to grow up. Playing in session bands with the likes of Eleanor Friedberger, Caribou and Of Montreal would be interesting. Performing and recording music with such varying genre influences as free jazz, funk rock, krautrock and Sudanese pop is interesting. In full Ahmed Gallad, better known as Sinkane, is interesting, and tonight he will bring all these life experience and influences to Johnny Brenda’s. To get tickets or for more information head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →