XPN MusicNotes: See Bruce Springsteen literally “dance in the dark,” hear a new Hiss Golden Messenger track

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have become legendary for their  energetic, never-ending performances, but Monday night in Paris the Boss proved too much for the power supply at AccorHotels Arena as they blew a main electrical fuse during the show- cutting electricity to the stage for about 20 minutes and forcing Springsteen to do a little impromptu dancing in the dark.  Watch.

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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 →


Weekend Picks: Black Horse Motel at Milkboy Ardmore, Megafaun at Johnny Brenda’s

Black Horse Motel

Local band Black Horse Motel has all the banjo and tambourine you could ever hope for from a folk group. Despite playing all over Philly this past year, however, the band has yet to release an album. Thankfully, the band is currently running a kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording its first full length album this summer. Until then, the live tracks and rehearsal tapes available on the band’s website will have to do. Black Horse Motel performs with James Suit Friday at 8 p.m. at Milkboy Ardmore; tickets to the all-ages show are $8-10. —Nicole Soll


Megafaun performs with William Tyler at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

Also Playing: Bomb The Music Industry! + Classics Of Love, Mike Park, Spraynard, Captain We’re Sinking at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, $10); The Heat Run + Sunshine Superman, Dave Karaban at The Fire (9 p.m., 21+, $8); Brown Recluse + We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves, Resistor at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8); Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad + Tweed at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $12–$15); Drew Holcomb + Nathan Angelo at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., all ages, $15)

Shorty Boy Boy + Langor, Mount Joy at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Lightninging + New Motels, Left Of Logic at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); Mischief Brew + Far From Finished, The Brood at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Brit Floyd: The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., all ages, $29.50–$55); I Am The Avalanche + Hostage Clam, Banquets, Major League at First Unitarian Church (4 p.m., all ages, $12);

SUNDAY, March 18th
The Big Jangle / Kenn Kweder at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $12); Forest Fools + The Loverboy Wanderers, Anchorhead, Dot Square at The Fire (9 p.m., 21+, $7)