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Chris Porterfield comes full circle with Field Report (playing World Cafe Live on 11/9)

Standing out among this year’s breakout acts is Field Report, the new folk project from Minnesota native Chris Porterfield. Formerly a member of the Eau Claire band DeYarmond Edison (which also featured Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and members of Megafaun), Porterfield relocated to Milwaukee where he rekindled his love for music . When its eponymous debut was released in September, critics hailed Field Report as an artist to watch for its rich, poetic lyrics and quiet-yet-powerful sound. Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, who Field Report supported on tour this summer, said “There’s such a perfection in the songs that I wonder how long Chris spent.” This week we caught up with Porterfield over the phone about his experience working with a new group of musicians, his surprise at the success of album, and the band’s resolve to remain true to their Wisconsin roots. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Field Report, Dwight Yoakam and Kingsfoil

Lancaster County band The Districts recently earned the top prize at the Beta Hi Fi Emerging Music Festival at World Cafe Live at The Queen.  This week they released an acoustic EP called While You Were in Honesdale and you can download it for free from their Bandcamp.  Listen to “Dressed to Kill” off of the EP below and stay tuned for a Key Studio Session with the band, coming soon.

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Download an early version of Field Report’s “Fergus Falls” from the Folkadelphia archives (playing World Cafe Live on Nov. 9)

After playing our XPoNential Music Festival this summer, and playing the periphery of Philadelphia (Wilmington and Sellersville) earlier this month, Field Report this week announced a return to town in November for a show at World Cafe Live. Today we’re digging into the XPN archives for some Field Report history – before it went by its current name, the band was called Conrad Plymouth (a countrified spin on songwriter-guitarist Chris Porterfield’s initials). It released a humble handful of EPs, toured the U.S., and in spring of 2011, a scaled-back version of the band – Porterfield and keyboard player Nick Berg – visited WXPN with their friend Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks to record a collaborative session for Folkadelphia. In the session, the band recorded a handful of songs that would later show up on the Field Report album – including a stunning rendition of opening track “Fergus Falls,” which you can download below. Tickets for the band’s November 9 appearance at World Cafe Live go on sale here this Friday, September 28, at 10 a.m.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: ∆ (Alt-J) at Johnny Brenda’s, William Elliott Whitmore at Underground Arts, Field Report at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Cheers Elephant at Steel City, Danelia Cotton at Sellersville Theater

Buzzing UK four-piece ∆ (that translates into English as Alt-J) plays its first Philly show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Moving in similar midtempo electronic / pop territory as The xx and The Notwist, the band is set to release its debut full-length An Awesome Wave on Tuesday, September 18. For now, you can stream the album below. The 21+ show begins at 8:30 tonight, admission is $12, tickets and more information are available here.

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Stream the debut Field Report album (playing World Cafe Live at the Queen 9/14 & Sellersville Theatre 9/15)


One of our favorite new bands, Field Report, release its self-titled debut album next Tuesday, September 11th. is the work of singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield, who was in the band DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon and members of Megafaun. A native of Minnesota, Porterfield moved to Milwaukee where he’s been working on the songs for the six years. In June we wrote:

Field Report’s debut is filled with gorgeous songs, anchored by Porterfield’s haunting, contemplative and melancholic vocals and musical textures that bridge the gap between songwriters like Jackson Browne, Marc Eitzel and John Prine with the subtle atmospheric glean of bands like Talk Talk and songs like Peter Gabriel’s “Mercy Street.” The sound of Field Report’s debut is acoustic, warm and gorgeous; the lyrics capture the sadness, determination and resolve of life’s richest emotions. In many ways Field Report reminds me of Jackson Browne’s classic Late For The Sky; in the songs there is constant emotional struggle between reality and idealism, between youthfulness and maturity; the playing is absolutely magnificent and like Browne, as a storyteller, Porterfield creates a marvelous sense of place that you walk into and never want to leave. There’s a powerful musical brilliance to be heard and felt on Field Report’s debut.

Listen to the album in its entirety below. You’ve got two chances to see them in our area; on Friday, September 14th at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, and on Saturday, September 15th at Sellersville Theatre. Both shows they open for Melissa Ferrick. Go here for information and tickets.

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Field Report returns for area shows next month in Wilmington, Sellersville

For those that caught Wisconsin’s Field Report at XPoNential Music Festival last month, the band was a hit – you could notice the crowd buzzing as folks made their way from Wiggins Park to Susquehanna Bank Center following Rhett Miller’s set. Fortunately, if you were one of the ones who missed them, Field Report returns to the Philadelphia area next month, playing two dates with Melissa Ferrick. They’ll be at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington on Friday Sept. 14, and at the Sellersville Theater on Sept. 15. Tickets and information at those links; below, check out Out of Town Films’ great video of Field Report performing “Fergus Falls” in the SBC restroom.

Out Of Town Films Presents: Field Report “Fergus Falls” from Out Of Town Films on Vimeo.

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In Case You Missed It: Watch Out of Town Films’ XPoFest coverage

During the past week, the guys at Out of Town Films released three videos they shot at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival – a performance just outside the festival grounds by Delta Rae, a song sung on the empty Susquehanna Bank Center lawn by The Bailey Hounds, and restroom session from Field Report. In case you missed them, check out all three videos below.

Delta Rae “Bottom of the River”



The Bailey Hounds “Oh My Demons, How They Wander”

Field Report “Fergus Falls”

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Watch Field Report perform in the Susquehanna Bank Center bathroom during XPo Fest, shot by Out of Town Films

The third and final video that Out of Town Films shot at XPoNential Music Festival spotlighted the excellent, emotive Wisconsin band Field Report, who played the Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday night and decided to perform for the cameras in the venue’s bathroom. From the filmmakers:

Dave, Field Reports manager, was already eyeing up the large restroom located some hundred feet from the concession stand. I mentioned we’ve done a shoot in a bathroom before with Jason from The Homophones, but, that was really only confined to a particular stall. So, we made our way towards the bathroom, instruments in hand, and walked into the gym-smelling facilities of the men’s restroom. They performed a song called “Fergus Falls,” and here is what came of that performance. Enjoy.


Bonus trivia: Field Report used to go by the name Conrad Plymouth, and in 2011 they recorded a studio session for XPN2′s Folkadelphia – including the song you hear above – with Tim Showalter from Strand of Oaks guesting on guitar. You can download that entire session here. Check back to The Key tomorrow for continued video coverage from XPo Fest!

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XPoNential Fest Photo Recap: Counting Crows and Delta Spirit at Susquehanna Bank Center

Bringing the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival to a close was an exciting lineup of American rock music at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Counting Crows and Delta Spirit played in the amphitheater, while their companions on the Outlaw Road Show tour – emerging artists We Are Augustines, Kasey Anderson and Field Report – delivered punchy and enthusiastically-received sets on The Key Stage. Check out a photo gallery of the two headliners above.

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My Morning Download” “Fergus Falls” by Field Report


Field Report is the work of singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield, who was in the band DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon and Megafaun. A native of Minnesota, Porterfield moved to Milwaukee where he’s been working on the songs for the six years. Field Report’s self-titled debut album is being released on September 11th on Partisan Records. The band is also touring this summer with the Counting Crows and will be performing at the XPoNential Music Festival in July. Field Report’s debut is filled with gorgeous songs, anchored by Porterfield’s haunting, contemplative and melancholic vocals and musical textures that bridge the gap between songwriters like Jackson Browne, Marc Eitzel and John Prine with the subtle atmospheric glean of bands like Talk Talk and songs like Peter Gabriel’s “Mercy Street.” The sound of Field Report’s debut is acoustic, warm and gorgeous; the lyrics capture the sadness, determination and resolve of life’s richest emotions. In many ways Field Report reminds me of Jackson Browne’s classic Late For The Sky; in the songs there is constant emotional struggle between reality and idealism, between youthfulness and maturity; the playing is absolutely magnificent and like Browne, as a storyteller, Porterfield creates a marvelous sense of place that you walk into and never want to leave. There’s a powerful musical brilliance to be heard and felt on Field Report’s debut. Below, download three songs from the album.

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