1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Doors 7:00 PM
Based in San Francisco, Matt Nathanson has evolved into one of the premier songwriters and dynamic performers on the music scene today. His 2007 album Some Mad Hope (his first for Vanguard) yielded the smash single "Come On Get Higher," which has sold more than 2 million copies to date, as well as the subsequent hits "Car Crash," "Falling Apart" and "All We Are." The success of Some Mad Hope earned Nathanson a coveted spot as a VH1 "You Oughta Know" artist, while also resulting in appearances on such national television shows as David Letterman, Ellen,Conan O'Brien, Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Dancing with the Stars, Rachael Ray and The CMA Awards to name a few. Additionally, his songs have been featured in numerous film and TV programs, including Good Morning America, NCIS, Private Practice, American Idol, X Factor,Vampire Diaries, American Pie and 90210. Modern Love, his previous studio album, debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and topped the iTunes Pop Chart. It featured the hit singles "Faster" and "Run" – the latter featuring Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. Nathanson's legendary live shows, in which he displays a chic comedic flair, have resulted in sold-out tours across the U.S., Canada and Australia. Matt Nathanson's ninth studio recording, Last of the Great Pretenders, will be released on July 16th. The new album is available for preorder via MattNathanson.com, iTunes, and Amazon.com. Produced by Mike Viola and Jake Sinclair, Last of the Great Pretenders marks a dramatic progression for the acclaimed artist, who has created a richer and deeper work both musically and lyrically than any of his previous LPs – and that's saying something considering the already rarefied level of his writing and performing. Songs like "Earthquake Weather," "Kill The LIghts," "Kinks Shirt," "Sunday New York Times" and first single "Mission Bells" are precisely cinematic as Nathanson stirs the material with deftly placed pop-cultural references and vivid details drawn from his keen observations of everyday life, while topping each song with an emphatic and seductive chorus hook.
Joshua Radin has earned a loyal following for his wistful meditations, notably the rootsy-pop "Id Rather Be With You" (from Simple Times, which topped the iTunes album chart at #1 and hit 'top 10' in ten different countries.) The hushed, emotionally raw "Winter" and "Closer"(2006" We Were Here") won a four-star review in Rolling Stone. Radin's compositions have a proven track record having been sound-tracked on shows like Grey's Anatomy, American Idol and House. To date his songs have been used more than 100 times in various films and television shows making him a 'behind the scenes' artist whose music is heard most everywhere.
In 2008, Ellen DeGeneres asked Joshua to perform at her wedding. Radin said "I played six of my songs and Ellen and Portia just sat right in front of me looking at each other, crying, and looking at me. I actually teared up a little—that's never happened to me before."
Live performances have always been Radin's lifeblood. After stints as a screenwriter in New York and as an inner-city art teacher in Chicago, he moved to Southern California to test the waters as a musician. "More than drawing, I taught those kids in Chicago a general perspective of the world—looking at something and not being overwhelmed. And it's how I've always looked at life," he says. "I've always wanted to wake up every day and have the opportunity to be creative, to express what's going on in my head and heart, and to be able to connect with the world in that way. I may have started playing music later in life than my peers, but I love living with the idea that it's never too late."
When his father gave him a guitar on a whim for his birthday, Radin taught himself how to play. He then upgraded to covers of Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, and Elliott Smith. Soon after, in 2004, he wrote his first song, "Winter," about a fractured relationship with his longtime girlfriend. The song so moved his college friend Zach Braff, that the actor passed it along to a producer on his TV show, Scrubs. Three weeks later, it was played on the show. Buzz from the Scrubs show was fast and furious, crashing the NBC site and winning Radin thousands of new fans. Afterward, Radin worked hard to build a grassroots movement on social-media sites and continued to build his fan base
For various Albums Radin has recruited 'dream teams' of musicians to enhance his sounds. Among them: pianist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), drummer Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, John Lennon), and string arranger Jimmie Haskell (Simon and Garfunkel). Joshua has sold over 2 and a half million singles and over 700,000 full length albums.