This is my first post in my Cutting Edge Entertainment Series. In this series, I will showcase those in Entertainment (bands, actors, directors, writers, etc.) that are out there doing their thing that happens to be different from everyone else. The first in the series is an American psychedelic rock band based in Portland, Oregon, but originally from Wasilla, Alaska called Portugal. The Man.
In their recordings, they have been compared to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Of course, this is quite a compliment, but what makes this so cutting edge and not some kind of retro (all ready been done) thing?
They have accomplished a sound so full and meaningful when compared to the countless trends of today that lean fully toward Hip-Hop, R&B, and Indie Music. They have also become known for their live sets in which they stray from the recorded versions of the songs into over five-minute re-interpretations. The dream state they invoke within their recordings leaps into a harder sound more reminiscent of Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd.
In this world of flat pop recordings, voice effects, and hip-hop inundation, it is nice to see a band recreating themselves from song to song, from recordings to live shows. Hats off to Portugal. The Man…keep up the invention. I know I will be looking forward to any future releases or tour dates.
In this land of economic downturn, corporate greed, and hardship, it is a breath of fresh air to see a group of people consistently reinventing themselves. In this world of change, is this not what we all have been forced into…like it or not. Maybe we should not feel like we are being forced at all. Maybe we should be recreating ourselves consistently just as Portugal. The Man has and continues to do.
July 19th, 2011, they released “In the Mountain in the Cloud”, their first release with Atlantic Records. Check out the video below from their latest album. The song is titled “Got it All (This Can’t be Living Now)”
Upcoming Live Shows
- November 30th, 2011 at the Rockhouse in Salzburg, Austria
- December 1st, 2011 at WuK in Vienna, Austria
- December 2nd, 2011 at Posthof Linz in Linz, Austria
- December 3rd, 2011 at Dachstock in Ber, Switzerland
- December 4th, 2011 at The Plaza in Zurich, Switzerland
- December 9th, 2011 December to Remember @ McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR, USA
- December 14th, 2011 at The Blue Loon in Fairbanks, AK, USA
For more tour dates, news, and merchandise, please visit http://portugaltheman.com
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~ Erik Sudberg