Outside Lands Primer: Part 6 (of 12) – Portugal. the Man

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In the sixth edition of our Outside Lands primer series, Rabbits Black looks at ever-changing Portugal. the Man. Despite the multiple lineups, we think Portugal. the Man holds promise for success at Outside Lands. Check out why you can’t miss them.

Wasilla, Alaska seems to be an unknown treasure-trove of socialites and pop-culture these days, offering us a new season of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” and providing Portugal. the Man, who will hit Ouside Lands this August. Like Levi and Bristol’s split when nurturing was needed most, Portugal has fallen victim to the prog rock cliche of members opting out recently. This should be no sweat for John Gourley and Zachary Carothers as they seamlessly put out new material every year despite the roster changes.

“All Your Light”, the latest single from In the Mountain in the Cloud.

Rumor has it Portugal are in the studio right now! And wouldn’t Outside Lands be a great place to unveil some new material? What we know for certain is Portugal will play a satisfyingly long setlist in pursuit of fan enjoyment, filled with unpredictability as they pull from every album evenly. With seven records in tow, that is quite the catalogue to chose from.

Main Reasons You Should See Portugal. the Man:  They have a lot of questions to answer. Can they overcome a personnel change and continue to grow at such a fast pace? Can they maintain their integrity and energy as they grow further and further from the hailed and heavily adopted Waiter: “You Vultures!”, or are they destined to become a Mars Volta-like dictatorship in pursuit of the unnattainable and less desirable?

Spoiler Alert: Many fans have cited Beatles influences in their music. Their last show featured a rendition of “Helter Skelter” and a fade into “Hey Jude”. All reviews say to look forward to them apples.

“Marching with 6” from Portugal’s debut, Waiter: “You Vultures!”

An acoustic rendition of “So American”, from Portugal’s latest album In the Mountain in the Cloud.

Music and shows are more fun with friends!
You should encourage friends to attend who listen to:
Young the Giant, Mars Volta, Grouplove, Cults, the Joy Formidable, The Beatles, Ghostland Observatory,  Minus the Bear, Miniature Tiger, Circa Survive, Radiohead.

Like Portugal. the Man? Check out Rabbits Black’s review of In the Mountain in the Cloud.


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