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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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The Week Ahead: Girlpool, Shannon and the Clams, Low, Richard Thompson and more

Shannon & The Clams album cover designed by Perry Shall | photo courtesy of the artist

Sure, maybe you aren’t going to attend all 17 shows we’re recommending this week — that would be an impressive feat. But with a variety of sounds from roots to retro rock to indie rock to jazz to punk to global folk fusion, you’ve got no excuse for not seeing at least once concert in the next seven days. Read on for our recommendations. Continue reading →

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Girlpool returns with two emotionally complex singles

Girlpool | photos by Benedict Brink | courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles indie duo Girlpool, composed of songwriters Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, has returned with two grungey, emotionally complex singles. The first, “Lucy’s” was written by Tucker, who also takes charge of the vocals, singing over grinding guitar chords and doomily pounding drums. The lyrics make a possible Beatles allusion in the repeated line, “I swear I’ll be alright / although Emily’s in the sky”; it’s also a reference to Tucker’s role as nurturer in a past relationship, speaking on the seesawing co-dependency between two people. Continue reading →