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Free at Noon Flashback: Portugal. The Man proves they are the man with a smattering of alt pop gold

Portugal. The Man | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Portugal. The Man | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

With the outside world taken over by some premature April showers, University City was in need of some form of escapism. Well, we got it in the form of alternative geniuses Portugal. The Man. Taking a break in between two massive sold-out shows at Union Transfer, the Alaska-based pop twisters packed fan favorites into 35 minutes of pure euphoria.

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Just Announced: Cage the Elephant and Portugal. The Man will play The Mann’s Skyline Stage

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Cage the Elephant | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

In what is bound to be an energized double-bill of epic proportions, modern rockers Cage the Elephant and Portugal. The Man just announced a Philadelphia gig on Thursday, May 12th at the Skyline Stage of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Cage the Elephant released its Dan Auerbach-produced fourth LP Tell Me I’m Pretty back in December, via RCA Records. Portugal. The Man’s most recent outing is 2013’s Evil Friends, though they have reportedly been in the studio working on its follow-up with collaborators ranging from Mike D to Mac Miller. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The National at the Mann Center, Frank Turner at Underground Arts, Portugal. The Man at TLA, The Lone Bellow at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem

the nationalThe National come to town tonight, supporting their excellent new album Trouble Will Find Me, at the Mann. Keeping consistent with the band’s signature sound, the band’s first album since 2010’s equally outstanding High Violet deals with everyday problems in a way that only Matt Berringer’s heartbreaking baritone could. Dirty Projectors will open the show. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch their new video for the Trouble Will Find Me track, “Sea of Love”, below.

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Portugal. The Man Stream Their New Album on Tumblr (playing TLA 6/7)

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Portugal. The Man has been streaming their new album, Evil Friends, as of last night on Tumblr. The Progressive Psychedelic rockers’s new album drops on June 4, but you can stream the entire thing here while also perusing some photography and awesomely weird artwork from their exhibit “ALL THE FEELS,” in Los Angeles (featuring work by The Fantastic The, INSA, and Danger Mouse). Portugal. The Man is currently on tour and is coming to Philly to play the Theater of the Living Arts on June 7 with SKATERS. Tickets can be found here. Below, watch their music video for “Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue.”

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Just Announced: Portugal. The Man to play TLA October 23rd

Alaskan psychedelic rock band will be hitting the TLA on October 23rd with Alberta Cross as part of a world tour in support of the new LP In The Mountain, In the Cloud, according to Paste. In The Mountain, In The Cloud came out today on Atlantic Records. Tickets for the show go on sale July 22nd.

You can listen to a streaming version of the album here (via Paste).

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Portgual. The Man teams up with It’s Always Sunny for a sort of promo video (playing the TLA tonight)

portugal. the man2Experimental, progressive indie rockers Portugal. The Man paired up with the cast of
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to bring you a slightly outrageous video called “Eternal High-Five,” promoting their new album Evil Friends. Produced by Danger Mouse, Portugal. The Man’s seventh studio album was released on June 4th.The video does indeed include an eternal high five between singer John Gourley and Glenn Howerton (aka Dennis from the It’s Always Sunny gang). It’s chock-full of disses, bad animation, and some self-deprecating humor. It’s also better if you watch it by yourself. The video is well timed; Portugal. The Man plays Philadelphia with Skaters at The TLA tonight, but it is decidedly not sunny out. Watch the craziness below.

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The Afghan Whigs tease more new material with the boomer “Arabian Heights”

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Alt rock vets The Afghan Whigs are teasing more material from their new record In Spades (out May 5th on Sub Pop), this time with the driven “Arabian Heights.” Frontman Greg Dulli’s fervent vocals are in full force, floating in front of a blasting back section of speedy drum work and jamming guitars. Growing with each bar, the Cincinnati boys express the alternative energy they’ve boasted since debuting in ’91, and found within modern pop bands like Portugal. The Man and Imagine Dragons. I’m sure while some will throw the track on their running playlist, I’ll do my part and put it on my “Best New Tracks of 2017” list. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd will headline Bonnaroo 2017

 

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Rumors have been circling that U2 will be one of the headliners for Bonnaroo 2017.  Well, they were true, and now the entire lineup for annual massive music festival in Manchester, Tennessee has been revealed.

U2 will be joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd as headliners for the 16th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Shout along with Northern Faces’ new single “Cops Come”

Northern Faces | Photo by Shervin Lainez | shervinfoto.com | courtesy of the artist
Northern Faces | Photo by Shervin Lainez | shervinfoto.com | courtesy of the artist

With three years of hard touring and a hot EP under their belts, punk-infused Albany outfit Northern Faces buckled down this year and made a record that practically demands you shout along with it. Produced by Casey Bates of Portugal. The Man, the self-titled LP will be released on April 21st via venerable hardcore label Equal Vision Records.

Following up on the jangley “Wait Wait Wait,” which the band released back in December, we’re psyched to bring you a premiere of the album’s opening track today. Continue reading →