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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Heyward Howkins with Birdie Busch at PhilaMOCA, Kelly Hogan at World Cafe Live, Anais Mitchell at Johnny Brenda’s, Dangerous Ponies at The Blockley and Mark Eitzel at North Star Bar

Two outstanding Philadelphia singer-songwriters are taking up residence in PhilaMOCA tonight. Birdie Busch is gearing up for the release of her latest effort, the earthy / spacy LP Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night, which is available on CD in January (and via Bandcamp now). Also on the bill is Heyward Howkins, whose dusty folksy debut The Hale and the Hearty was one of the year’s best slices of Philadelphia-area music. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information are available at the venue’s website. Below, check out what Howkins has in store for the followup LP he’s getting ready to record – a tune called “Praline County.”

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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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