Megafaun/Field Report

While the years since the 2006 dissolution of Wisconsin-formed folk-rock quintet DeYarmond Edison saw that group's frontman, Justin Vernon, go supernova with Bon Iver, the rest of the ex-DYE dudes have been equally active in pursuing compelling new musical pursuits. Megafaun (pictured), which features brothers Brad and Phil Cook alongside Joe Westerlund, has gradually morphed from an improvisation-heavy freak-folk outfit into a stunningly beautiful and surprisingly melodic folk-rock band over the course of three records. Now fellow former DeYarmond Edison member Chris Porterfield appears poised to join the Pitchfork-plaudit-winning fray as well with the forthcoming release of his six-years-in-the-making solo debut, recorded under the moniker Field Report. Early blog buzz on Field Report's initial singles is already running insanely high, and it's easy to hear why. Their ethereal finger-picked charm pretty much instantly recalls the high and lonesome beauty of Bon Iver's landmark debut. The lesson? Breaking up is hard to do, but sometimes wholly necessary.
Sat., March 24, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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