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Just Announced: Field Report playing The Tin Angel on March 29th

field-report-2Midwestern folk ensemble Field Report is still on tour in support of its acclaimed self-titled debut that came out last year, and we just got word from the folks at Partisan Records about a new string of dates that brings it to The Tin Angel on March 29th. They’re added to the Sara Watkins show, which is on sale here – a tremendous double bill to say the least. Below, check out Out of Town Films‘ video of Field Report performing “Fergus Falls” in the restroom of Susquehanna Bank Center when they played XPoNential Music Festival last summer.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at Johnny Brenda’s, Field Report at World Cafe Live, Cold Specks at First Unitarian

Low Cut Connie will be performing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s promoting the September release of their sophomore album, Call Me Sylvia. The band’s rollicking party music is carried by poppy melodies and sharp lyrics that make any bar scene the best party in town. The 21+ show starts at 9:30; more information can be found on our concert calendar here. Check out the band’s new video for “Boozophilia” below.

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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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