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Hear Porches’ auto-tune stripped remix of (Sandy) Alex G’s “Sportstar”

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

(Sandy) Alex G’s Rocket is a mighty fine, complex collection of some of his most eclectic, genre-crashing gems to date. One of these standout beauties is the dreamlike ballad “Sportstar,” in which frontman Giannascoli warps his voice with otherworldly auto-tune amidst a thick atmospheric soundscape of gauzy guitars and echoing piano. Aaron Maine’s NY-based synth-pop project, Porches, recently remixed the surreal tune, providing a clarified, breezy companion

Stripping away layers of vocal processing, Porches’ remix of the song summons the deeper and tad demonic Alex G monotone that we all know and love, while spicing it up with a hint of electro-steel drum, island music vibes. Continue reading →

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Porchfest announces kickoff event to connect West Philadelphians with porches and artists to perform on them

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Porchfest organizers Owen Lyman-Schmidt, Ross Hoffman and Abe Taber in West Philadelphia | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Registration is now open for the second annual Porchfest, happening in West Philly on Saturday, June 3rd. As we reported last month, the day-long event will feature dozens of musical acts performing on the beautiful and spacious front porches situated along the Baltimore Ave corridor.

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Just Announced: Belle and Sebastian return to The Mann this summer with Andrew Bird and Porches

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Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann

Okay, indiepop sweethearts, have we got a show for you. Bookish Scottish faves Belle and Sebastian will return to U.S. soil for a headlining tour with orchestral singer-songwriter Andrew Bird and DIY electropopper Porches — and it includes a stop in Philadelphia on Thursday, August 3rd at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.  Continue reading →

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Porches drive us mad in new music video for “Car”

Porches | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Porches | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

You can’t deny that NYC-based band Porches is unapologetically themselves. The group has always had a knack for the unusual, take their April performance at Union Transfer with hometown favorite Alex G as an example. Frontman Aaron Maine shimmied and thrusted his hips to his hearts content, encouraging the audience to not only join him in dancing, but at one point asking every member of the audience to sit on the floor.

Stage antics like these make for visual spectacles at Porches’ shows, embracing all things odd while delivering a healthy dose of dream synth awesomeness. It’s exciting to see, now, that the band have come out with a new music video for the song “Car,” because the only thing as good as hearing Porches is watching them. Continue reading →

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Noisy Days: Field Music, SVIIB & Porches on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Field Music | Photo courtesy of the artist
Field Music | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade wants to be your Valentine, so do it a favor and listen to the show tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN. On tonight’s two-hour adventure, we’ll spotlight Commontime, the newest album from UK art-rock brothers Field Music! There’s also the business of new School of Seven Bells, Parquet Courts and Porches tracks to get to, so stuff your pockets full of conversation hearts and preview some stuff below:

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Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird delight generations of fans at Mann Center

Belle and Sebastian | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

“Young and hip and beautiful, that’s what we used to be,” Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch laughed. He was referencing the opening set by Porches, now almost three hours ago at the Mann Center, but spun it into self-depricating self-reflection in the middle of a lively and high-energy set.

It was a night full of many instruments, and attendees got their money’s worth with hours of music during sets by Porches, Andrew Bird and a delightful selection of songs by Belle and Sebastian. After Porches played some of their synthpop jams, including a very deadpan version of “Car,” Andrew Bird took the stage with his band. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastian at Mann Center, Pine Barons at PhilaMOCA, GrandeMarshall at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Belle And Sebastian | Photo by Søren Solkær

A Belle and Sebastian performnce is reason enough to head out to the Mann Center on any night, but throw in Andrew Bird and Porches to the lineup and you’ve got an unmissable show on your hands. The Scottish seven-piece’s last record was 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and they have a new album promised later in 2017 on Matador. Listen to the new single “We Were Beautiful” that the group dropped over the weekend, and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →