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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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Porchfest is coming to Collingswood this fall, so we talked to the organizers about it

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Heyward Howkins performs at Collingswood Porchfest on September 23 | photo by Kate Harrold | kateharrold.com

It’s a pretty great concept, when you think about it — a day of free concerts, all on porches. A way to bring a community together with music, a way to encourage first-time players while giving venue vets a more intimate experience. After launching in New England six years ago and taking up root in West Philly in 2015, the Porchfest model makes its way across the Ben Franklin Bridge this month for the first Collingswood Porchfest.

Set for Saturday, September 23rd in the small Camden County town nestled along the PATCO High Speed Line, the event features a roster of familiar names from the singer-songwriter scene (Heyward Howkins, pictured) and pop-punk rock universe (Kevin Day of Aspiga), as well as first-time players. We spoke with event organizer Stacey Brown-Downham of indie four-piece The Classic Brown — their awesome record Down With Fun turns ten this fall — and found out about coordinating an undertaking of this scope, connecting the community and juggling duties as a performer, behind the scenes and as a fan.   
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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 →