This post was written by Hatchet reporter Julie Alderman.
The 9:30 Club sold out for the second night for Matt Nathanson’s “All Night Noise” tour with special guest Vanessa Carlton Wednesday. The venue was packed with people waiting for hours just to hear the two singer-songwriters perform.
Vanessa Carlton opened with six songs off her new album, “Rabbits on the Run.” Carlton prefaced many of her songs with personal stories offering insight into her song writing process. Carlton explained that a song by the band The Doors inspired her song “Dear California.” Per audience request, Carlton ended what was a very emotion filled performance with her 2004 single “White Houses.”
Nathanson took the stage next to a large amount of fanfare, opening with “Mercy” off his new album “Modern Love.” Nathanson then traded his guitar for a maraca and segued into the title track of his new album.
Nathanson interacted with the audience, making the show an overall bonding experience for him and his fans. At one point, Nathanson successfully got a man in the front row to take his shirt off in exchange for Nathanson to put a piece of gum that fell on the floor in his mouth.
Before going into his song “Room @ The End of the World,” he spoke of the supposed rapture that is said to take place next month. He said he hopes the track can become the theme song for the terrifying event.
Nathanson is also a big fan of mash-ups. He merged his song “Princess” with the Soft Cell’s classic “Tainted Love.” He also took his new song “Queen of (K)nots” and combined it with Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl,” which the audience sang along to seamlessly.
Nathanson closed with his new single “Faster” followed by his biggest hit, “Come on Get Higher.” He and Carlton continue their tour tonight at Terminal Five in New York.