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eTown Time Capsule: Daniel Rodriguez / Dead Horses

Join us as we revisit the first live taping in eTown Hall for over two years after the shutdown! This show features local hero Daniel Rodriguez, of Elephant Revival fame, as well as Sarah Voss and Daniel Wolff of the band Dead Horses. Nick also sits down with Matt Richtel, author of An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary Science of the Immunity System, for a short chat.


Daniel Rodriguez

A founding member of the band Elephant Revival, Daniel wrote and sang some of their most well-known songs, such as “Birds and Stars” and “Sing to the Mountain”, to name only a couple. They disbanded in 2018 after playing their last show to a sold-out Red Rocks. Creativity became a therapeutic balm in the wake of the breakup. He released his solo debut collection of songs, an EP titled Your Heart The Stars The Milky Way on February 15, 2019. His debut full-length album, Sojourn of a Burning Sun, was released on August 28th, 2020 on BMG Records.

“Daniel cements himself as a solo performer with forthcoming album Sojourn of a Burning Sun.” – ROLLING STONE

He and his talented band opened for The Lumineers on their BRIGHTSIDE World Tour in July and August of 2022, playing to sold-out arenas and stadiums across North America, with a special homecoming show in front of 40,000 fans in Denver, Colorado.

He has also performed with friends and heroes such as Gregory Alan Isakov, Ben Harper, John Craigie, Todd Snider, and many more.
The Lumineers recorded and released one of Daniel’s songs after adding the words “Merry Christmas” to the chorus, turning it into an instant dark-humored Christmas classic. “This is Life (Merry Christmas) feat. Daniel Rodriguez” was released in December of 2021.

He released his second full-length album, Vast Nothing, on 3/1/23.

Dead Horses

Milwaukee duo Dead Horses return with Brady Street, their first full-length since their breakthrough 2018 album, My Mother The Moon, which found the band lauded by NPR, Rolling Stone, Noisey, Billboard and more for their intimate, folk-inspired songs. The duo, songwriter Sarah Vos and upright bassist DanIel Wolff came together in college. Together, they weave together a patchwork of classic and contemporary influences that span trad roots, indie-folk, and other experimental musical idioms with songs that are personal, revelatory, and relatable, brimming with imaginative phrases, poetry, vulnerability, and a feeling of redemption.

Matt Richtel

Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and bestselling writer of mysteries and thrillers. His books are fast-paced, character-centered stories in which things are not always as they seem. The backdrop for the books is the modern world. Technology is everywhere. Everything moves at lightning speed, from conspiracy, to love, business, and violence. Technology is our slave. Or has it become our dark master?

The books relate to Matt’s journalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for a series of stories on distracted driving. The next year, he wrote an acclaimed series for the New York Times called “Your Brain On Computers” exploring how heavy technology use impacts our behavior and our brains.

Matt lives with his family in San Francisco. He writes from an office with a window that looks onto the former house of baseball legend Willie Mays. He — Matt, not Willie — is an avid tennis player, takes pride in making guacamole and coffee, and writes the occasional song.