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13 Aug

Today the lineup for the 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by LG was announced by select fans who took part in a contest to guess the lineup on Virgin Mobile’s Twitter page (@virginmlive). The Billboard award-winning festival, known for the inventive and unexpected experience in addition to unforgettable performances, will be hosted again for free. The festival will feature some of the most talked about, most appreciated, most relevant and most eclectic artists – filling two Main Stages and the Dance Forest.

Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by LG will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The lineup on the Main Stages includes Jack White, Skrillex, M83, NAS, ZZ Top, Santigold, Alabama Shakes, Ben Folds Five, The Dismemberment Plan, Allen Stone, Trampled by Turtles, Portugal. The Man, Das Racist, Future Islands and Justin Jones. The Dance Forest will feature Above & Beyond, Porter & Zedd (Back to Back), Thomas Gold, Nervo, Alvin Risk and Penguin Prison, plus others to be announced. You can view the photo gallery of fans announcing the lineup on Virgin Mobile Live.

“After three years of crazy press and feedback, bands start to line up early to be on the ‘It-List,’” said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and Virgin Mobile FreeFest producer. “Fortunately, since the tickets go in minutes, we can wait until much later than most festivals to book the absolute best stories of the moment.”

How to get tickets to FreeFest

Tickets to the 2012 Virgin Mobile FreeFest presented by LG will go “On Free” to the public at noon (EDT) Friday, Aug. 24, via ticketfly.com. Fans who choose to follow Virgin Mobile Live on Twitter (@virginmlive) will see a link to participate in the private presale, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 23. Virgin Mobile customers and prior Virgin Mobile Festival ticket buyers will get special notification of the presale in advance as well.

“We’ve had a really big year at Virgin,” said Ron Faris, head of brand marketing, Virgin Mobile USA. “Now it’s time to celebrate. FreeFest is back – bigger than ever. We can’t wait to share this free day of music with all our fans, especially the ones who helped us announce it.”

As always, fans will be encouraged to make a donation to The RE*Generation, Virgin Mobile’s initiative to end youth homelessness. Proceeds raised to date built Virgin Mobile’s new “RE*Generation House,” a homeless youth shelter developed by Sasha Bruce Youthwork. This year’s donations will open the house and provide support to a community of homeless youth. More details about this will follow shortly.

Last year Virgin Mobile FreeFest’s free tickets were scooped up in just minutes, and 50,000 people attended. In keeping with the “free” mantra, Ticketfly is waiving all service charges on free tickets when fans pick them up at Merriweather or the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., or print their tickets at home.

There will be a limited number of FreeFest “FREEMIUM PACKAGES,” which include admission to the festival, a charitable donation to Virgin Mobile USA’s youth homelessness initiatives, a FreeFest T-shirt, a souvenir cup that comes with free fountain drinks throughout the festival, and early admission to the grounds. FREEMIUM tickets are available via Ticketfly or at the 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion box offices.

“Virgin Mobile FreeFest is one of the biggest, most talked about music festivals of the year, and LG is thrilled to be part of this cultural phenomenon,” said Tim O’Brien, vice president of mobile phone brand marketing for LG Electronics USA.

30 Jul

On September 25, Equal Vision Records will release Portugal. The Man’s The Majestic Majesty on vinyl for the first time. This pressing will have 1500 copies, all on black vinyl. This will also be the first physical release of the songs.

The Majestic Majesty is the acoustic companion to the critically acclaimed Portugal. The Man album The Satanic Satanist, which was released in 2009. Previously available only as bonus material on the Deluxe Digital version of The Satanic Satanist, The Majestic Majesty features stripped back renditions that are perfectly suited for the vinyl format.

The original version of “People Say” saw extensive radio play following its release on The Satanic Satanist, peaking at No. 16 and No. 34 on the Billboard Alternative and Rock Songs Charts, respectively, with The Satanic Satanist album debuting at #81 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Portugal. The Man has since released two follow-up full length albums, American Ghetto and In The Mountain In the Cloud, with the latter debuting at No. 42 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. The Majestic Majesty is available digitally now and for pre-order on vinyl HERE.

The Portland, OR-based band has sold over 150k albums to date and performed at renowned festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and SXSW.

TRACKLISTING: The Majestic Majesty
1. People Say
2. Work All Day
3. Lovers In Love
4. The Sun
5. The Home
6. The Woods
7. Guns And Dogs
8. Do You
9. Everyone Is Golden
10. Mornings

17 Jul

Starry Nights Music + Arts Festival returns for another great year in beautiful Bowling Green, Kentucky, September 28 & 29, 2012. The two-day, two-stage festival will feature a diverse lineup including Cage the Elephant, Portugal. The Man, Manchester Orchestra, Mimosa, Justin Townes Earle, The Whigs and Sleeper Agent, among many others.

“We chose bands and DJ’s that move us, and that we thought would fit with the vibe of the festival,” says Cage The Elephant frontman, Matthew Shultz. “Starry Nights is about getting everyone together for a good time – It’s definitely about the music, but also, art, games, and just being out there under the stars.”

The vital Kentucky music scene is where Cage got their start, and preserving that opportunity for other local acts is a top priority. To that end, the festival has reserved a handful of slots for local bands. More information on that will follow.

Starry Nights Music + Arts Festival takes place September 28 & 29, 2012 just outside of Bowling Green, KY at Ballance Farms.
Tickets are $45 including fees and camping.

Tickets will go on-sale on July 20th at 10:00 AM Eastern at www.starrynightsfestival.com
Follow the festival on facebook https://www.facebook.com/starryfest and twitter https://twitter.com/starrynights for the latest information.

2012 Lineup:
Cage The Elephant
Portugal. The Man
Manchester Orchestra
Justin Townes Earle
The Whigs
Sleeper Agent
Moon Taxi
JEFF The Brotherhood
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s
Morning Teleportation
Wild Belle
Space Capone
The Kingston Springs
Five Knives
Bad Cop

Cage The Elephant: www.cagetheelephant.com
Hailed as “…one of rock’s best young bands,” by Rolling Stone, Cage The Elephant had a successful 2011 with the release of their album Thank You Happy Birthday, a wildly-successful headlining North American tour and their critically acclaimed fall dates with the Foo Fighters. Their debut self-titled album was just certified gold by the RIAA and their current sophomore album Thank You Happy Birthday (RCA Records) has garnered the band rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone, New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People and Alternative Press who heralded it “one of the best rock albums of the year.” With performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, it’s easy to see why Rolling Stone named Cage The Elephant “one of rock’s best young bands” and Thank You Happy Birthday as one of the best albums 2011.

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C3 Presents creates, books, markets and produces live experiences, concerts, and private events. C3 is the force behind Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Other events in the C3 portfolio include the Austin FOOD & WINE Festival, Orion Music + More, Wanderlust Festival, Lollapalooza Brazil, Lollapalooza Chile, and Big Day Out Australia. C3 books and promotes more than 1,000 concerts in arenas, theaters, casinos, and clubs across the US annually, making it the third-largest promoter in the country. In addition to event production and booking, C3 manages the careers of select artists.

21 Apr

By Michel Dussack

The Jagermeister Music Tour is traditionally comprised of hard rock and metal acts, though the Spring 2012 lineup threw everyone off when it was announced that Portugal. The Man would be headlining. Even more surprising was the size of the venues they were playing – the New York stop took place at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, a venue six times smaller than when I saw the band at Terminal 5 exactly six months prior.

First up on the bill were Brooklyn’s own Beast Make Bomb who wowed the fans who showed up early with a 30 minute set filled with what they call “fuzzed out pop melodies with the distorted punk attitude of late 1970s New York”. When vocalist Ceci G took the stage in a flowered dress, it seemed they would be another bland indie pop group, but appearances were deceiving as she quickly went into frantic guitar riffs and the rest of the band followed suit. The highlights of their set were a new song entitled ‘Virgin Snow’ and another track ‘Zombie Song’. A fair number of the crowd sung along with the easy to remember hook, and it seems big things are in store for this band.

Next up was The Lonely Forest, hailing from Washington (the state not the district), who happened to be a big part of the reason I was so eager to cover this show. Their sets at CMJ this past year impressed crowds and garners lots of buzz, so to see them on such a big tour is certainly not shocking. By the time they went on, most of sold out venue was packed and the band had a core segment of fans that were largely familiar with them. It’s clichéd to pick a bands single as a standout track, but ‘Turn Off This Song and Go Outside’ is such a phenomenal song that it’s hard not to mention it. The quartet has crafted a seemingly perfect summer song, one that will grow harder to ignore the more exposure they get. Vocalist John Van Deusen was a man of few words throughout their set, but before they ended their set he thanked the crowd and Jagermeister for bringing them on tour and promised the band would return soon.

Finally, a bit before 11pm, Portugal. The Man took the stage to a giant cloud of fog (about only half of which was from fog machines – the crowd willingly provided their own pungent form of smoke) and giant illuminated orbs that decorated the stage and stretched all the way into the side balconies of the venue. It’s been widely reported on that Ryan Neighbors recently left the band to pursue a solo career and the band’s drummer has recently been fired in the middle of a set in New Orleans, and while they are personally missed, this current lineup didn’t miss a beat. Their two hour set stretched into the morning hours and encompassed all of the bands albums, impressive given that they’ve put out six in the past six years. Anyone only familiar with the bands biggest hit – ‘So American’ would probably be shocked to know that the crowd was particularly rowdy during the show with moshing and a couple fans climbing on the stage to stage dive.

As the band have done lately, after they played ‘Devil’ they attached a raucous cover of ‘Helter Skelter’ to its end. At the end of their set, they paid even more homage to The Beatles by playing the “na na na” segment of ‘Hey Jude’ after their song ‘Sleep Forever’. Nearly every song was a loud sing along throughout the night, and at times it seemed that vocalist John Gourley didn’t even need to be singing. The always insane ‘Chicago’ was particularly energetic, in part due to how dynamic of a band Portugal. The Man is. Never content with just playing their songs to a crowd, the band frequently add improve and jam segments to the end and even the middle of songs, stretching and morphing them into entirelydifferent beasts.

While the band didn’t banter much (unless you count bassist Zachary Carothers fist bumping several drunken fans standing behind me screaming his name for half the set), they made sure to tell us just how much they love New York. “We’ve been playing here since we started touring,” John remarked before closing their set with the aforementioned ‘Sleep Forever’, “and it always seems that you guys have the best crowds, and we play our best shows here.” When the band returned, it wasn’t for their normal lengthy encore, but rather a single song – ‘And I’. It served as a fitting end for the show, with John singing about rebirth and taking to the streets along with a chorus of “ooo’s” that the entire crowd could sing along with. As the doors to the street opened and the crowd filed out (with that smoke finally making its way out of the room), it’s hard to imagine anyone not impressed by Portugal. The Man’s set. In fact, I’d consider this tour as a stronger contender for Tour of the Year.

All photos courtesy of Michel Dussack




23 Jan

Jägermeister, a brand as deeply rooted in music as it is in mythology and lore, is proud to announce an upcoming tour with headliner Alaskan rock band Portugal. The Man and supporting act The Lonely Forest. The live shows kick off April 3rd and will be in 26 cities across the nation.

Jägermeister, the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States, has a long history of supporting bands, both from a local level to national amphitheater acts. The brand has spent almost two decades developing artists and has seen many go from obscurity to the top of their fields. John Gourley, lead singer of Portugal.The Man said, “We were planning on taking a short break from the road, but Jägermeister presented an opportunity for us to visit a handful of cities that we have not been to in ages, so we jumped at the chance to play these shows.”

Last year, Atlantic Records artist Portugal. The Man released In The Mountain In The Cloud, the sixth album in six years from the Wasilla, AK-via-Portland, OR-based band. The critically-acclaimed album garnered inclusion in several notable “Best of 2011” lists, including MTV, Huffington Post, and KCRW. Produced by John Hill (Santigold, M.I.A.) with co-production from Portugal. The Man lead singer/guitarist/songwriter John Gourley as well as longtime band producer Casey Bates and mixed by Grammy Award winner Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley), In The Mountain In The Cloud marks the first recording to truly harness the band’s exhilarating live show. From the dramatic “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)” to the sprawling vision of “Sleep Forever,” the album captures a truly distinctive band evolving in real time, revealing their singular sonic vision in its purest and most powerful form thus far.

The Lonely Forest, an American indie rock band discovered and signed by Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie, who launched their debut album Arrows for his imprint label Trans via Atlantic Records, will serve as the supporting act.

Tickets will be on pre-sale starting Monday, January 23rd at www.portugaltheman.com and on sale to the public beginning Friday, January 27th. The 2012 Jägermeister Music Tour will feature Jägermeister custom tour prizes from Schecter Guitars and Peavey Electronics. For more information on Jägermeister, visit www.jager.com and for additional information on Portugal. The Man, visit www.facebook.com/portugaltheman, twitter.com/portugaltheman, and http://youtube.com/portugalthemanband. Tour dates are as follows:

4/3/2012 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
4/4/2012 Knitting Factory Reno, NV
4/5/2012 Club Veil Las Vegas, NV
4/6/2012 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
4/9/2012 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
4/10/2012 Florida Theatre Gainesville, FL
4/11/2012 The Ritz Ybor Tampa, FL
4/12/2012 The Beacham Theater Orlando, FL
4/14/2012 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
4/15/2012 Buster’s Billiards Lexington, KY
4/16/2012 Vogue Theatre Indianapolis, IN
4/17/2012 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
4/19/2012 Ram’s Head Live Baltimore, MD
4/20/2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
4/21/2012 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
4/22/2012 House of Blues Boston, MA
4/24/2012 The Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
4/25/2012 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
4/26/2012 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, TN
4/29/2012 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
4/30/2012 Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
5/2/2012 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
5/3/2012 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff, AZ
5/4/2012 Fox Theatre Pomona, CA
5/5/2012 4th & B San Diego, CA
5/6/2012 The Independent San Francisco, CA

ABOUT JAGERMEISTER: Jägermeister, which translates to “master hunter,” is the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States and one of the top shot brands in the world. The liqueur is based on a secret recipe, combining 56 different natural ingredients, including select herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits. Jägermeister, with the distinctive square bottle, was developed in 1934 in Germany and the brand quickly gained global fame through its innovative marketing, unique taste profile and its association with good times. Jägermeister Liqueur is 35% Alc. /Vol. and imported exclusively by Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., New Rochelle, NY. www.jager.com. JÄGERMEISTER IS DEDICATED TO MUSIC, NOT UNDERAGE DRINKING.

24 Nov

On this festive day where we all give thanks for the people and things in our life, we want to thank YOU, our readers. We know that you have a choice in the sites you visit everyday and we’re glad to keep ya company. To show our appreciation, we’re SUPER EXCITED to exclusively premiere a video from one of our favorite bands we’ve discovered in the past year, Portugal. The Man. Watch below the video for “Everything You See [Kids Count Hallelujahs]” (Acoustic) directed by Graham Baclagon and pick up In The Mountain In The Cloud (iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl) this holiday season for yourself and for your friends and family.

06 Nov

By Michel R Dussack

On Thursday October 20th, Alberta Cross, GIVERS, and Portugal. The Man played arguably the biggest show of the 2011 edition of the CMJ Marathon at Terminal 5. Alberta Cross, a band with origins both in Europe and New York took the stage first and played a solid 30 minute set, winning over many new fans and surely pleasing the fan who yelled out to them that he came to the show just to see them. It wasn’t hard to see why they garner enough dedication to have people come to the massive Terminal 5 to catch a short opening set. The band plays their music with an insane amount of energy, with vocalist Petter Ericson Stakee frequently coming to the edge of the stage to get right in the faces of the fans. At one point towards the end of their set, he took this one step further, hopping off the stage and into the photographer’s pit to get even closer to the crowd. While often classified as “folk rock”, Alberta Cross is so much more than that, nearing alternative on some of the heavier tracks, and country on some of the softer tracks.

GIVERS took the stage next and the indie pop group from Louisiana proved that they could easily handle playing on a large stage, something I had doubts about after catching them at the much more intimate Ace Hotel that afternoon. Vocalists Taylor Guarisco and Tiffany Lamson frequently trade lines and harmonize together, giving the band something that easily distinguishes them from the countless other indie pop bands out there right now. Tiffany Lamson can be seen as the bands secret weapon as she provides vocals, additional percussion, xylophone, and ukulele during the bands live set. Throughout their 35 minute set, the crowd was dancing, and many in the crowd seemed already familiar with the band’s material, most notably single “Up Up Up”.

By the time Portugal. The Man took the stage, the crowd was sufficiently warmed up, though whether or not they were fully ready for the nearly 2 hour, 24 song marathon set is debatable. Kicking things off with the massive hit “So American”, it’s clear there’s something about this band that can’t be captured on their records. Perhaps it’s their high energy performances, their outstanding lighting and stage designs, or even their dedicated fans. The crowd was something completely unexpected for many who’ve never seen the band before – moshpits broke out, and crowdsurfers came sailing over the railing frequently. Opening with one of your biggest hits from your newest album usually means a band is going to focus on new material solely, and while most of “In The Mountain In The Cloud” was played throughout the night, it would be a while before the band would even think of playing another track from it.

A roaring cover of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” came early on, something unexpected, at least from this reviewer. This was no straight cover though – the band made it their own, making it sufficiently heavier, and dare I say it, headbanging material. Old favorite “AKA M80 The Wolf” followed and the crowd really started to go insane. A blend of older hits and newer numbers would follow, each track seemingly morphing right into the next one. Popular cover “All The Young Dudes” would come a couple songs later, prompting a massive sing-along. When the band launched into “Elephants” next, it was clear that it wasn’t just covers that the crowd knew nearly every word to. Portugal. The Man then started alternating old song and new song, each one prompting a larger cheer from the crowd. By the time the last song “Sleep Forever” came, it was hard to imagine that the band could last much longer.

After a brief encore break, they returned however, for a 5 song encore that pushed what was already an outstanding performance over the top, into one that many will not soon forget. Most notable was a brilliant cover of Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger”, something that many bands would never even think about attempting. They would then go on to play “Guns and Dogs”, and close the show with “Chicago”, off their debut album “Waiter: You Vultures”, a real treat for the long time fans at the show. If it seems to you that Portugal. The Man crept up out of nowhere to be playing to a near sold out crowd at Terminal 5, you’d be right. Just last year they were playing at the much more intimate Highline Ballroom. However, it’s clear that they belong in bigger venues, and that the reason behind their success (not to mention loyal fanbase) is their amazing live shows.

All photos by Michel R Dussack




31 Oct

Portugal. The Man have a brand new claymation video for “All Your Light.” Check out the clip below and props to Justin Kramer (Producer, Writer, Director) Lee Hardcastle (Animator, Director) and Rob Neild (Additional Post) for their work on the video.


13 Oct

Portugal. The Man were on Last Call with Carson Daly last night.

Check out videos of their performances of “So American” (includes brief intro and feature on the band) and “Floating” (Time Isn’t On My Side) below and pick up their album In The Mountain In The Cloud on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

11 Oct

Portugal. The Man are in the middle of their nationwide headlining tour (full of sold out dates) in support of their album In The Mountain In The Cloud. They just released their video for “So American”. The band played Stubb’s in Austin last Thursday night. Our photographer Jennifer Murtha (FromThePhotoPit.com) was there to get some great shots of the band. Check them out below and head over to portugaltheman.com to see their upcoming tour dates.