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21 Apr
2012


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

BEAST MAKE BOMB

THE LONELY FOREST

PORTUGAL. THE MAN

06 Nov
2011

Minus The Bear are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a national tour. It kicked off October 4th in Boise, Idaho and wraps up this Friday night at the band’s hometown of Seattle at Showbox at the Market. In addition to playing new songs, the band has been performing their debut album, 2002′s Highly Refined Pirates, in its entirety each night, as well as tracks from their debut EP, 2001′s This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic. Recently, the band played La Zona Rosa in Austin. Our photographer Jennifer Murtha (FromThePhotoPit.com) was there to get some great shots of the band as well as the opener The Lonely Forest.

Check them out below:

THE LONELY FOREST

MINUS THE BEAR

03 Aug
2011

The Lonely Forest performed “We Sing In Time” and “Turn Off This Song and Go Outside” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch the videos below and pick up their album Arrows on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

30 Mar
2011

If you see Death Cab For Cutie on tour this summer, you should get there early because you’ll catch The Lonely Forest, a promising band from Washington who you’ll love just as much as DCFC. In fact, Death Cab’s guitarist Chris Walla loved the band so much, he signed The Lonely Forest to his label Trans Records. Last night, they played Brighton Music Hall where our photographer Jennifer Murtha (of FromThePhotoPit.com) got some great shots of the band.

11 Mar
2011

The Lonely Forest unveil a new song, “Coyote,” as the KEXP Song of the Day today. The song is taken from their forthcoming Trans Records label debut Arrows, in stores March 22. Critical acclaim for Arrows in advance of the release includes praise from NYLON, which posts, “We are in love with The Lonely Forest. Listen to them now!” and Alternative Press, which calls Arrows “the band’s most self-assured album yet.” Meanwhile, NPR’s Song of the Day hails the band’s previous single, saying “‘Turn Off This Song’ serves as a catchy call to arms, not to mention one of the best and most honest slices of pop music around.”

The band is embarking on an extensive North American tour supporting The Joy Formidable, which also includes a stop at South By Southwest next week. (Dates below)

Trans Records is the new label headed by Chris Walla, guitarist and producer for Grammy-nominated rock band Death Cab for Cutie, who found The Lonely Forest’s music so compelling he made the band his label’s very first signing. Walla produced and engineered Arrows at Sound City studio in Los Angeles, Tiny Telephone in San Francisco and his own, Portland-based studio, Alberta Court. He also mixed three tracks—“Be Everything,” “Turn Off This Song And Go Outside” and “I Don’t Want To Live There.” The balance of the album was mixed by John Goodmanson (Girls, Nada Surf, Weezer).

“The Lonely Forest proves to me,” says Walla, “In a time full of throwbacks and references and meta-references, that nothing can beat a focused, bulletproof guitar rock band with amazing songs. I didn’t start a label for nothing.”

From the outset The Lonely Forest—singer/guitarist/keyboardist John Van Deusen, guitarist Tony Ruland, drummer Braydn Krueger and bassist Eric Sturgeon— has been about inclusion. Having made their mark as a regional favorite with three prior records, the band never imagined a swift and organic rise to national distinction.

The Lonely Forest

March 14 Dallas, TX Club Dada

March 15 Austin, TX SXSW—PureVolume House

March 17 Austin, TX SXSW—Klub Krucial

March 17 Austin, TX SXSW—Maggie Mae’s

March 19 Austin, TX SXSW—Waterloo

March 19 Austin, TX SXSW—Austin Convention Center

March 24 Durham, NC Duke Coffeehouse

March 25 Washington, D.C. Black Cat

March 26 Albany, NY Valentine’s

March 28 Providence, RI The Met

March 29 Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall

March 30 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s

April 1 Harrisburg, PA The Abbey Bar

April 2 Toronto, ON The Horseshoe Tavern

April 4 Columbus, OH The Basement

April 5 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall

April 6 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry

April 8 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge

April 9 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court

April 11 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

April 12 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café

April 14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill

April 19 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room

April 20 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad

April 22 St. Louis, MO Luminary Center for the Arts

April 23 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room

April 26 Cleveland, OH The Grog Shop

April 27 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose

April 29 New York, NY Webster Hall