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Portugal. The Man

There has to be some credit given for this band's name alone -- co-founder John Gourley once explained it as an attempt to create a demi-mythic entity bigger than the individual members. Formed in Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man (yes, there's a period in the middle of their name) grew out of the ashes of Anatomy of a Ghost, a post-hardcore band whose vocalist and guitarist -- Gourley and Zach Carothers, respectively -- opted to continue working together. Rounding out the new band's lineup was keyboardist/singer Wes Hubbard, himself a veteran of other Alaskan groups, and the trio eventually relocated from Alaska to Portland, Oregon. Their initial existence in the Pacific Northwest was the typical hardscrabble life of a band with few resources, but drummer Jason Sechrist (formerly of Konmai Defense System) joined to form a more stable lineup. The band's profile received a boost from the Internet (the musicians made heavy use of MySpace and PureVolume for promotional purposes), and Portugal. The Man released an initial EP in 2005 before issuing their debut album, Waiter: You Vultures!, in early 2006. The next year, the group (whose lineup had once again reverted to three members, as Hubbard had left and was replaced by touring keyboardist Ryan Neighbors), issued Church Mouth, whose aggressive sound bore traces of Led Zeppelin and Jane's Addiction. The bandmates then opted to finance their third record themselves, drawing upon a wealth of guest musicians -- including trombonists, trumpeters, and violinists -- to create the eclectic Censored Colors. In 2009 the group released The Satanic Satanist, then quickly followed up the next year with the mellower and more electronic American Ghetto. Later that year, the band signed with Atlantic Records. Guitarist Noah Gersh joined the band for their 2011 summer tour. The group recorded their major label debut album, In the Mountain in the Cloud in late 2011; it was produced by John Hill, mixed by Andy Wallace, and released in July of 2012. A month earlier, Sleep Forever, a 13-minute short directed by Michael Ragen, and shot entirely in Gourley's hometown, premiered on the Independent Film Channel. This was the last recording for members Sechrist and Neighbors, who were replaced by drummer Kane Richotte and keyboardist Kyle O'Quin. Portugal. The Man enlisted Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) as producer for 2013's Evil Friends; the album was released in June of 2013. ~ Ned Raggett
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Stations Featuring
Portugal. The Man

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    New Alternative First
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    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    2 songs

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
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    Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    2 songs

    Alternative Party

    1 song

    New Indie First

    1 song

    Indie Rock Mix

    3 songs

    Indie Party

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    Top Indie

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    Relax Trax

    1 song

Albums by
Portugal. The Man

Top Songs by
Portugal. The Man

  1.   Song
  2.   People Say
  3.   Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)
  4.   Feel It Still
  5.   Purple Yellow Red and Blue
  6.   All My People
  7.   The Dead Dog
  8.   AKA M80 the Wolf
  9.   My Mind
  10.   Modern Jesus
  11.   Sugar Cinnamon
  12.   Lay Me Back Down
  13.   Noise Pollution
  14.   Lovers in Love
  15.   So American
  16.   60 Years
  17.   Evil Friends
  18.   Guns and Dogs
  19.   Smile
  20.   Work All Day
  21.   Head Is a Flame (Cool with It)
  22.   Sleep Forever
  23.   Atomic Man
  24.   Church Mouth
  25.   The Sun
  26.   Do You
  27.   All Mine
  28.   Creep in a T-Shirt
  29.   You Carried Us (Share with Me the Sun)
  30.   Dawn
  31.   Break
  32.   Marching with 6
  33.   Waiter
  34.   Sea of Air
  35.   Plastic Soldiers
  36.   Once Was One
  37.   Floating (Time Isn't Working My Side)
  38.   Everything You See (Kids Count Hallelujahs)
  39.   Hard Times and Our Times
  40.   Bad, Bad Levi Brown
  41.   Sun Brother (Excerpt)
  42.   How the Leopard Got Its Spots
  43.   Evil Friends by Danny Brown
  44.   Main Man
  45.   Hip Hop Kids
  46.   The Devil
  47.   The Pines
  48.   When the War Ends
  49.   Just a Fool
  50.   1000 Years
  51.   Mornings
  52.   New Orleans
  53.   Colors
  54.   Telling Tellers Tell Me
  55.   Sleeping Sleepers Sleep
  56.   Guns. Guns...Guns
  57.   Horse Warming Party
  58.   Tommy
  59.   Elephants
  60.   Share with Me the Sun
  61.   All Your Light (Times Like These)
  62.   Our Times
  63.   The Pushers Party
  64.   Do What We Do
  65.   Let You Down
  66.   Everyone Is Golden
  67.   The Woods
  68.   The Home
  69.   1989/Our Way
  70.   (Intermission)
  71.   Salt
  72.   And I
  73.   The Bottom
  74.   Kill Me. The King
  75.   Bellies Are Full
  76.   Gold Fronts
  77.   Oh Lord
  78.   Waves
  79.   Holy Roller (Hallelujah)
  80.   Children