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Oxfordian Oxonian folk / pop group Stornoway headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Following up their 2010 debut Beachcomber’s Windowsill, the academically-minded quartet (led by an ornithologist) released Tales from Terra Firma earlier this month. Field Report continue to tour in support of last year’s self-titled debut. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here. Watch Stornoway’s video for “Knock Me On the Head” below.
Several local musicians come together at The Blockley tonight for a concert benefiting Lentil Fest. Tommy Conwell, Pete Donnelly, Ben Arnold and Travel Lanes will perform sets in support of Lentil the French bulldog, who was born with a cleft palate. All proceeds will be donated to a variety of charities including the French Bulldog Rescue Network and the Children’s Craniofacial Association. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Pete Donnelly’s video for “Can’t Talk At All.”
West Philadelphia Orchestra brings their monthly Balkan dance party back to Underground Arts tonight. As a collective of Philadelphia musicians, WPO blends traditional Eastern European influences withe modern jazz and classical sensibilities. Tickets and more information for tonight’s 21+ show with Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret can be found here or on the Facebook event page here. Watch West Philadelphia Orchestra perform “Burkan Cocek” below.
Field Report stopped by Dollhouse Studios in Savannah, Georgia recently while at the Savannah Stopover Music Festival. The Wisconsin folk group recorded alternate versions of album favorites “I Am Not Waiting Anymore” and “Fergus Falls” in addition to previewing a new song called “40/40.” Field Report will open for Stornoway at Kung Fu Necktie this Thursday, May 2nd. Tickets and information for the 21+ can be found here. Stream “40/40″ below and listen to the full session here.
Wisconsin’s Field Report have been added as support to Stornoway‘s Kung Fu Necktie show, bringing the folk project of Chris Porterfield back to Philadelphia in support of their 2012 debut album. Tickets and information for the 21+ show on Thursday, May 2nd are available here. Listen back to Field Report’s appearance on World Cafe here and watch their Out Of Town Films video for “Fergus Falls” below, recorded during last year’s XPoNential Music Festival.
Annachristie Sadler brings her new project Murchant to Puck Live in Doylestown tonight. Formerly one third of local folk collaborators Sisters 3, Sadler’s musical history includes backing up Hoots & Hellmouth and Hezekiah Jones, as well as recording a handful of full-lengths with her sibling bandmates. With Murchant, though, Sadler takes a turn from the three-part indie pop/folk harmonies of Sisters 3 and instead lends her soaring vocals to more mystical, acoustic arrangements. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Reverend TJ McGlinchey can be found here. Watch Murchant perform in the NYC metro below.
Midwestern 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.
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.
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 →
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.
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.