Natalie Prass continues to keep a busy schedule of live performances and promotional appearances as part of her ongoing album cycle behind her 2018 studio LP, The Future and the Past. The latest media appearance featured her performance debut on NPR‘s Tiny Desk Concert series, which arrived on Monday.For her first time performing on the popular online, office-based concert series, Prass and her band delivered a trio of tunes from the new album, starting with “Oh My”, continuing with “Short Court Style”, and closing with “Hot For the Mountain”. The performance began with a slightly funky rendition of “Oh My”. The groovy tune wasn’t too powerful or intense, but just strong enough to get the engine going to ease listeners into her trademark sound of soulful pop. Prass’ relaxed and melodically cheerful tones heard throughout the opening song were only lifted with the visual of her and her band all dressed in matching blue outfits.Related: Cat Power Delivers Soul-Drenched Performance On NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series Next up on her 12-minute performance was “Short Court Style”, the lead track from The Future and the Past and arguably the most fun. She was joined for the song by a pair of singers in Kenneka Cook and Angelica Garcia, who also come out of the Richmond, Virginia music scene along with Prass. In contrast to the studio version, Prass’ live version of “Short Court Style” was more toned down this time around, sounding much more dreamy and blissful than the radio-friendly studio version, but no less enchanting.The final song of her performance, “Hot For the Mountain”, was, as she claimed, her favorite from the new album, and it’s clear to understand why after hearing it live in such an intimate setting. Cook and Garcia stayed on as backing vocalists as the band started into the song, which presents a mix of subtle instrumental touches ranging from chillwave to semi-psychedelia. Fans can watch the entire performance of all three songs in the video below.Natalie Prass – Tiny Desk Concert[Video: NPR Music]Prass had spent some time on tour alongside Kacey Musgraves on her Oh What A World Tour earlier this year, with one more performance scheduled for March 2nd. Prass’ own run of concert dates will pick up again throughout the month of April followed by her appearance at Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta in early May. Fans can head over to her website for ticket info to all upcoming performances.
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Audra McDonald Circling EGOTCongratulations to Mama Broadway herself, Audra McDonald, who co-won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program for Sweeney Todd (Live From Lincoln Center) on September 12. And yes, this now means that the six-time Tony winner is one step closer to the EGOT—she’s just got the Oscar to go! Also honored were Great White Way alums Alan Alda and Jane Lynch, for their work on Alan Alda And The Actor Within You: A Young Arts Masterclass and Hollywood Game Night, respectively. FX Networks’ special tribute to The Producers mastermind Mel Brooks won for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program and Neil Meron and Craig Zadan’s production of the 87th Oscars won for Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Special.Hamilton Cast Heads to Ars NovaDaveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and more have boarded the lineup of The Ars Nova Revolution. Why so many from the cast of Hamilton? Well, the event is celebrating the show’s creator Miranda, director Thomas Kail and producer Jill Furman. The benefit evening in aid of Ars Nova’s artistic development initiatives and programming will take place on September 21 at The Edison Ballroom.Tony-Winning Playwright Frank D. Gilroy Dead at 89Frank D. Gilroy, who won the 1965 Tony and the Pulitzer for The Subject Was Roses, died of natural causes on September 12, Time reports. He was 89. Gilroy later adapted the play for the screen—the 1968 movie version starred Martin Sheen, Patricia Neal and Jack Albertson. Gilroy’s last Broadway production was Any Given Day in 1992; his other Great White Way credits include Last Licks, The Only Game in Town and That Summer—That Fall. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth, and their three sons.NPH Gears Up for Best Time EverGot Neil Patrick Harris withdrawal symptoms? His new live NBC variety series, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, will premiere on September 15. The Tony winner stopped by The Today Show on September 14 to chat about the new project, which will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars. “I’ve done enough live stuff,” he said, “that if something goes wrong I’m excited by that and it will be fun to comment on it.” Check out the interview below and then Best Time Ever tomorrow night!
Wayne Rooney believes the criticism directed at him for the lack of goals for Manchester United is unwarranted and is confident he will soon rediscover his scoring touch.The England striker has drawn a blank in each of United’s three games against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Club Bruges, despite being deployed as a central striker by manager Louis Van Gaal.Rooney has not found the back of the net in eight Premier League games for his club, and last scored in their 3-1 win over Aston Villa on April 12.The striker said it is just a matter of time before he starts scoring again. “It’s early on in the season — we’re just three games in. I’ve experienced this criticism before and the goals will come, I know that,” the 29-year-old said.”I understand I have to be the one who’s going to lead that line for us and try and find the goals for us,” the England captain added.”My mind is clear. I know how to play the role. “It’s just a case of getting the chances and taking them, which I’m hopefully going to do soon,” Rooney, who notched 12 Premier League goals last season from a slightly deeper position, said. The striker was also unhappy with the criticism over his recent performances.”I’ve had one bad game this season and everyone’s all over it. I’ve had that throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark,” he said. “I’m an honest guy. I know when I don’t play well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports