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Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man

Tuesday, April 24

Alaskan indie rock band Portugal. The Man has grown at a very steady pace since their debut album Waiter: You Vultures. That is a feat on it’s own these days, as many bands tend to explode out of the gate and disappear just as quickly after quick hits of internet or viral fame. PTM has managed to do it the old fashioned way: by writing consistent records and performing the hell out of them on stage. Their sixth studio album, 2011’s In the Mountain In The Could marks the band’s major label debut, something they’ve taken their sweet time building up to, releasing an album a year since 2006. What makes In The Mountain different from most major label debuts is Portugal. the Man have seemingly managed to maintain complete creative control over their work, from their swirling, trippy songs to their equally swirling and trippy album artwork. That’s because they’ve spent the better part of the last decade establishing their neo-classic rock sound marked by soaring guitar riffs and the mesmerizing vocals of bandleader John Gourley. Always mysteriously shrouded in a beanie and sunglasses Gourley (who grew up in a log cabin in Alaska without as much as an outgoing phone line), along with bassist Zachary Carothers, drummer Jason Sechrist and keyboardist Kyle O’Quin have cultivated a genuinely mystical vibe pushed forward only by their love of creating. Portugal. The Man will make a stop at the Town Ballroom on Tuesday (April 24) with support from The Lonely Forest. —cory perla

7pm. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / $20 advance, $24 day of show.

All photos by Laura Piccirillo