Field Report perform in The Current studio

Field Report perform "Home (Leave the Lights On)" live in the studios of 89.3 The Current. (MPR / Leah Garaas)
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  • Field Report - Home (Leave the Lights On) (Live at 89.3 The Current 03:48
  • Field Report - Cups and Cups (Live at 89.3 The Current 04:35
  • Field Report - Marigolden (Live at 89.3 The Current 04:18
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Field Report performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Leah Garaas)

"When you're making something, you have to be sensitive to what's giving you energy back," says Field Report's Chris Porterfield. "We were just going where the energy was."

Field Report, Tom Wincek
Tom Wincek of Field Report performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Leah Garaas)

That's how Porterfield describes the new sounds on Field Report's latest album, Marigolden. Although Porterfield says the individual band members' musical interests and influences may vary, the place where they all intersect "is this record."

Field Report, Shane Leonard
Shane Leonard of Field Report performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Leah Garaas)

In town as one of four bands featured in the Communion Club Tour, which comes to the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis tonight, Milwaukee-based Field Report stopped at The Current's studio to play some songs off Marigolden and to chat with Mary Lucia.

Field Report, Chris Porterfield
Chris Porterfield of Field Report performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Leah Garaas)

In many ways, Field Report consider themselves local. The band members met at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Porterfield grew up in Rochester, Minn.; Porterfield describes how his development as a musician took place within a geographical triangle connecting the Twin Cities, Rochester and Eau Claire.

Field Report, Tom Wincek
Field Report's Tom Wincek performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Leah Garaas)

Listen to the complete interview to hear more about how Field Report have developed as artists and producers over the course of their career thus far; how they can live in the headspace of certain songs over the cycle of an album; how they find working as musicians to be different than the lives of most adults — and how Porterfield poetically describes the magic that makes all the "small indignities and sacrifices" worth it.

Field Report, Chris Porterfield
Field Report's Chris Porterfield performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Leah Garaas)

Songs Performed


"Home (Leave the Lights On)"
"Cups and Cups"
"Marigolden"
All songs off Field Report's album, Marigolden, out now on Partisan Records.

Field Report, Shane Leonard
Field Report's Shane Leonard performing live in The Current studio. (MPR / Leah Garaas)

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Web feature by Luke Taylor

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  • The Current's Guitar Collection: Field Report After playing a set in The Current's studio, Field Report's Chris Porterfield and Tom Wincek took some time to talk about their guitars. Both describe interesting modifications they've made, including why Chris's guitar looks like an antique.

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