3/18/2013 11:39 AM
[editor's note: this post is a SXSW dispatch from our guest
reporters on the street, Kristina Sutton and Nicole Newton. They'll be
bringing the fan perspective. Stay tuned to hear about more of their
Matt Nathanson is an American singer-songwriter whose sound is a blend of folk and rock. Originally from Massachusetts, but currently based out of San Francisco, he plays both acoustic and electric guitar, sings, and performs either solo or with support of his band. He's probably most known for the song "Come on Get Higher" which mixes dreamy lyrics with a sense of California laid back ease.
At Vice Bar on March 15, Matt Nathanson was met by a pumped, vivacious, and lively crowd. We didn't quite know what to expect, especially since Matt Nathanson is the artist we go to when wehateallmenandjustwanttoeatchocolateandcry. Surprisingly, Nathanson fed off of this energy, giving the audience a performance matched in joyous excitement. Throughout his set, he embedded tidbits of the writing process of his new songs while giving small life vignettes about the lyrical content of his older songs. This gave a unique insight and perspective into a man who's narrative and intelligent lyrics were strangely complemented by his on-stage rocker persona. His vocals were rich and dynamic, and sounded better live than we've ever heard on any recording. He was supported by backup vocals, guitar, base, and drums, which contributed to the intimate underground vibe of Vice Bar that night.
Overall, we were incredibly impressed with Nathanson's performance. We have officially upgraded him from his former "girls night" status to one of a seasoned rocker peppered with emotional ingenuity. He left us with a calmed yet tumultuous outlook, and we felt ready to take on the rest of SXSW.