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NonCOMM recap: No worries for Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff and the | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

It goes without saying that all of Denver-based Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats‘ most recent releases have all been radio hits. WXPN sure knows it. Second to last on night three’s downstairs stage, they delivered all new songs for a joyous thirty minute set. Fresh off the hype from their March album Tearing at the Seams, World Cafe’s Talia Schlanger introduced the band by saying that while she doesn’t like to play favorites, she is the most excited for their act. They’re due back in Philadelphia on June 6th to play The Skyline Stage at The Mann Center.

The band – a seven-piece consisting of brass, percussion, and electric string sections – took the stage before Rateliff to lead into “Shoe Boot,” a jumpy, quintessential country rock jam. Rateliff has a lot of layers to his music, and country isn’t the only defining genre. There were elements of a blues ballad in “Babe I Know,” 1960’s swing beats in “Say It Louder,” and a more relaxed indie sound with “Be There,” especially when the band cut out to simply clap out the rhythm for the final verse. Rateliff is a very multidimensional artist, but on top of everything else, he’s fun. 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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Just Announced: The Head and the Heart, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will bring a double dose of folk to Philly this June

The Head and The Heart | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
The Head and The Heart | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

My forever loves, otherwise known as the soulful, folky beauts, The Head and the Heart, are coming back to town this June at The Mann’s Skyline Stage. For an extra dose of good news, the family-like crew will be sharing the bill with rootsy rockers, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, for a short co-headlining tour early this summer. Continue reading →