When you combine raw power with experimental rock and back it up with phenomenal talent in one band, you’ll probably end up with Portugal. The Man. The Alaska native band has been making huge strides in the indie rock world since their formation in 2004. Starting out as a side project for singer John Gourley, Portugal. The Man was born from the ashes of indie rock favorite Anatomy of a Ghost.
After adding members to the band, Portugal. The Man moved to Portland, Oregon and began recording. Their debut album Waiter: “You Vultures!” was released in 2006 followed by several tours around the country. They released It’s Complicated Being a Wizard quickly after in early 2007 and their second full-length album Church Mouth in the summer of that same year.
Portugal. The Man toured relentlessly after the release of Church Mouth and released Censored Colors under their independent record label Approaching AIRballoons in 2008. Soon after, they released The Satanic Satanist and The Majestic Majesty, originally one album, in 2009 and American Ghetto in 2010.
On yet another tour to support their new album In The Mountain, In The Cloud, Portugal. The Man came to Denver on May 13, 2011 to the Bluebird Theater. As the sold out crowd slowly filled the Bluebird, anticipation was high as to what Portugal. The Man would play in their set since two nights were billed. As always, Portugal. The Man did not disappoint and played a huge variety of their songs, including “The Dead Dog,” “AKA M80 The Wolf,” “People Say,” “And I,” “The Woods,” “60 Years,” several new songs and many more. Though they played most of their albums, songs from Church Mouth were noticeably missing and could have only added more dynamic to their live show.
If you haven’t seen Portugal. The Man in concert yet, you have no idea what you are missing. You have to go see their live performance and pick up their new album in July.
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