Nathaniel Rateliff

Tennis escapes an “existential tailspin” to write third album, “Ritual In Repeat”

An hour of piano. An hour of guitar. An hour of reading. An hour of writing. Go on a walk. Repeat. This strict schedule doesn’t seem like a birthplace for creativity, but for Denver band Tennis, it helped overcome months of writer’s block and an “existential tailspin” to write their third album, “Ritual In Repeat.” On a recent Friday afternoon, Tennis’ practice once again comes to a halt and Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley are both leaning over a red keyboard in their South Broadway practice space searching through different effects.

Nathaniel Rateliff at the Gothic Theatre 11-29-13 (photos)

Colorado fans were treated to a full night of Nathaniel Rateliff on Friday at the Gothic Theatre for the local singer-songwriter's holiday show. The prolific musician performed twice on Friday, bringing a set of solo folk material (celebrating the release of his new album, “Falling Faster Than You Can Run") and another set with his R&B band the Night Sweats.