PORTUGAL. THE MAN – PURPLE, YELLOW, RED AND BLUE

295_21827549742_7419_nIt was last spring 2012, and John Gourley—frontman of Portugal. The Man—found himself in New York City about to ring the bell at Danger Mouse’s apartment–a long way from his current home in Portland, and farther still from his real home in Alaska. Six full-length albums in six years, nonstop touring, a stint with The Black Keys and festival stops at Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza—up until this moment, Portugal. The Man embodied all dimensions of DIY rock range.

When it came time to begin work on the seventh album, Gourley thought long and hard about the next move and kept coming back to one concept: The most satisfying work is collaborative work. From building houses with his father in Alaska to building a devoted fanbase, he had sought partnerships. So he took a bold step — bold for a proven band, bolder still for its uncertainty of sound — a step up to the apartment of a possible collaborator, Danger Mouse.

“I walked into his place,” Gourley remembers now. “And it wasn’t going to happen. He was like, ‘Hey, man, just so you know, I don’t really want to record a rock band.’ And I was a little relieved. We’d done this by ourselves before, and we knew we could do it by ourselves again.”

But then they got to listening, and to talking about how much Danger Mouse had loved In the Mountain in the Cloud — the 2011 followup to Portugal. The Man’s break out record The Satanic Satanist. “From that very first meeting,” says Danger Mouse, “we were very ambitious about what we could do…otherwise there was no point. So we decided: Let’s try and make something really special.”

So Danger Mouse — aka Brian Burton, the five-time Grammy award winning producer behind everything from Gnarls Barkley and Beck to The Black Keys and now U2 —and the band agreed that they were game for the challenge and began production on what would become Evil Friends, the undaunted re-awakening for Portugal. The Man. As much as their collaborative imaginations melded, to construct songs that lived up to the ambitious visions they had would take some time. After all, here was a band with an evolving lineup — Kyle O’Quin on keyboards, Noah Gersh on guitar/percussion/keyboards, and Kane Ritchotte on drums joined Zach Carothers on bass and vocals and Gourley on lead vocals and guitar — building new songs with a new producer trying to do something neither of them had done before.

They went, together, to Los Angeles and worked through several sessions — at Mondo Studios, Eltro Vox Studios, and Kingsize Soundlabs. The band worked months longer than they ever had on one thing. And somehow — maybe it was the collaboration in the air, or maybe sheer will — they finally stopped searching and started realizing: “What really brought our record together was getting past that period of looking for something, and figuring out how to do something really new, really hard, and really satisfying,” said Gourley.

Each track on Evil Friends is as different from the next as Portugal. The Man’s previous records were from each other, which is to say a piece of a growing mindscape, and wholly a part of the group’s tumbling fever dream. Where the 2009 hit “People Say” was a cheery guitar rally, the new title track is a bells-and-balls ballad emerging from darkness into a pipe-whistling punky thump, albeit with Gourley’s trademark falsetto and thundering guitar. And yet here is Evil Friends swirling, like a tornado that sends a napping child toward Oz, into something of a tale of Portugal. The Man’s arousal from when it decided to make something special to when it actually did: The weighted down questions of “Plastic Soldiers” (Could it be we got lost in the summer? / Well I know you know that it’s over) give way to the confident melodies of “Modern Jesus” (The only rule we need is never giving up / The only faith we have is faith in us) and finally, brazenly, to the anthem “Smile” (We watched the sun come up / But took it down to hide it / Seems like the spring has come and gone / It felt like forever).

It took all year, and Portugal. The Man — a group guaranteed for seven years to pump out a record, to tour and tour and tour, to tuck its fans to bed at night with a community of psychedelic rock — had learned to slow down and transform all-day, all-night recording with Danger Mouse into adrenaline, into words that are at once dark and light, into sounds that are overlapping with danger and charm. The whole “evil friends” thing was just a happy writing accident, by the way, a lyrical coincidence belying a collaborative friendship Burton says taught him, too: “I felt like I was watching them do something special and I wanted to let them do it, so sometimes I was more hands-on, but sometimes more hands-off than I had been with anyone,” says Danger Mouse. “They had done enough albums that I thought it would be fun to shake it up a little bit.”

“In the beginning, I asked Brian why he had wanted to talk about making a record,” recalls Gourley. “And he admitted that he was surprised when he saw us live. ‘I didn’t know you guys could sound like that.’ There had been this perception that we’ve been something else — and I’ve noticed it, at festivals, everywhere — that we were something we were not. But then we got in a room with Danger Mouse, to the place where we could just throw that out, wake up and say, Here we are. We’re this band! Let’s just make it, together.”

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2013 lineup announcement

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Paul McCartney, Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Idol,  Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men, Trombone Shorty, 21 Pilots, Pretty Lights, Wilco, The XX, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, David Burn and St. Vincent, Jim James, The Sheepdogs, Walk the Moon, Lord Huron, Deep Valley, Japaniods, Grizzly Bears, Foals, Portugal the Man, Walk the Moon, Wolfgang Gartner, The Stepkids, Warren Haynes with Gov’t Mule, Beach House, Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, Dwight Yoakam, R. Kelly, Cat Power, Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros, Milo Greene, Alt-J, ZZ Top, Boy Noise, Purity Ring, Matt and Kim, Animal Collective, Him, Future Birds, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork……and Weird Al Yankovic

You’ve all been waiting, now here it is… the official lineup for Bonnaroo, happening June 13-16 in Nashville’s own backyard. Can you believe the lineup?

Tickets go on sale this Saturday (2/23) at noon EST. For the complete lineup and ticket information, click here.

Full Lineup posted below!

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Indie Underground Hour playlist for 1/28

Here’s the playlist for January 28th:

Craig Finn – When No One’s Watching (Full Eyes, Vagrant)
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames – Old L.A. (New Multitudes, Rounder)
Jim White – Infinite Mind (Where It Hits You, Yep Roc)
Laura Gibson – Skin, Warming Skin (La Grande, Barsuk)
Graffiti6 – Free (Free EP, Capitol)
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Major (Out Of Frequency, BMG)
Jessie Baylin – Hurry Hurry (Little Spark, Blonde Rat/Thirty Tigers)
Kathleen Edwards – Empty Threat (Voyageur, Zoe/Rounder)
The Soul Rebels – Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This (Unlock Your Mind, Rounder)
Shawn Lee’s Incredible Tabla Band – Apache (Tabla Rock, Ubiquity)
Trailer Trash Tracys – You Wish You Were Red (Ester, Domino)
Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless (Attack On Memory, Carpark Records)
Portugal. The Man – Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now) (In The Mountain In The Cloud, Atlantic)

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Bonnaroo 2011 Lineup


Eminem – Arcade Fire – Widespread Panic – The Black Keys

Buffalo Springfield feat Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale

My Morning Jacket  –  Ray LaMontagne  –  String Cheese Incident

Robert Plant & Band of Joy  –  Mumford & Sons  –  The Strokes

The Decemberists  –  Lil Wayne  –  Bassnectar  –  Iron & Wine  –  Girl Talk  –  Primus
Dr. John and The Original Meters performing Desitively Bonnaroo  –  Alison Krauss & Union Station
Pretty Lights  –  Florence + the Machine  –  SuperJam with Dan Auerbach and Dr. John  –  Atomsphere
Explosions In The Sky  –  Gogol Bordello  –  Beirut  –  Big Boi  –  Scissor Sisters  –  Gregg Allman
Ratatat  –  Global Gypsy Punk Revue curated by Eugene Hütz  –  Robyn  –  Warren Haynes Band
Deerhunter  –  Opeth  –  STS9  –  Old Crow Medicine Show  –  Bootsy Collins & the Funk University
Wiz Khalifa  –  Matt & Kim  –  Grace Potter & The Nocturnals  –  Mavis Staples  –  Cold War Kids
The Del McCoury Band & the Preservation Hall Jazz Band  –  Wanda Jackson  –  The Walkmen
Justin Townes Earle  –  Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses  –  Béla Fleck and the Flecktones  –  !!!
Jovanotti  –  Bruce Hornsby  –  Loretta Lynn  –  Neon Trees  –  The Drums  –  Sleigh Bells  –  Amos Lee
Best Coast  –  Dãm-Funk & Master Blazter  –  The Sword  –  Portugal. The Man-  The Black Angels
School of Seven Bells  –  J. Cole  –  Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea  –  Wavves  –  Chiddy Bang  –  Junip
Freelance Whales  –  Deer Tick  –  Band of Skulls  –  Sharon Van Etten  –  Abigail Washburn
Omar Souleyman  –  Twin Shadow  –  Kylesa  –  Man Man  –  The Low Anthem  –  Alberta Cross
Railroad Earth  –  Jessica Lea Mayfield  –  Smith Westerns  –  The Head and the Heart  –  Karen Elson
Beats Antique  –  22-20s  –  Phosphorescent  –  Clare Maguire  –  Hayes Carll

The 2011 event marks the 10th year for the legendary festival, which began in 2002 as a remarkable idea to serve a passionate yet underappreciated and overlooked fanbase, and ended up becoming the premier multi-day concert destination of the summer whose dynamic and eclectic programming paved the way for the age of the great American music festival.

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Hangout Music Festivial 2011 Lineup

Paul Simon   Foo Fighters   Widespread Panic
The Black Keys   My Morning Jacket    Flaming Lips
Cee Lo Green    Primus    Michael Franti & Spearhead
Pretty Lights    Bassnectar    Girl Talk    Ween
Matisyahu    Warren Haynes Band    Umphrey’s McGee
Slightly Stoopid    Drive-By Truckers    Amos Lee
Old Crow Medicine Show    G. Love & Special Sauce
Medeski, Martin & Wood    Keller Williams    Galactic
Xavier Rudd    Minus the Bear

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue  Portugal. the Man  Beats Antique
Dead Confederate  Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights  Easy Star All-Stars
Mariachi El Bronx Truth & Salvage Co Kristy Lee  Civil Twilight
Rich Aucoin  A Thousand Horses  Jon Black
Cas Haley  Roman Street

The one-of-a-kind music festival takes place May 20th – 22nd on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama – just minutes from the Florida border. Tickets go on-sale this Wednesday at 9 am CST. A confirmed lineup is listed below. More bands, amenities and activities will be announced in the coming weeks. The Hangout Music Festival debuted in 2010 and set itself apart from other festivals by featuring a blockbuster lineup of bands performing on stages located directly on the beach. Thousands of condominiums within walking distance add to the exceptional experience shared by music enthusiasts and beach lovers.  This year, the festival is adding a fifth music stage under an air-conditioned tent and creating Hammock Beach, a replenishing salt-water lagoon where music fans will find shade, hammocks, and art installations. Another feature of Hammock Beach will be the Sky-bar tower, a structure built specifically for Hangout offering 360-degree views of the festival. For fans interested in taking their festival experience to the next level, VIP ticket holders are invited to take a dip in Hangout’s new resort style in-ground pool with views of the main stage (deck side bar service is included). Other new attractions include an extended kids’ area, family events, late night deejays, and shuttle service between stages.

Lightning 100 videos from Hangout Music Festival 2010

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