It’s been a long time coming, but Boston finally gets its own 2-day multi-stage music festival on May 25th & 26th at City Hall Plaza. Curated by Aaron Dessner of The National and booked by Bowery Boston. With The National, The Shins, Portugal. The Man, The Walkmen, Ra Ra Riot, Andrew Bird, Dirty Projectors, Of Monsters and Men, Bad Rabbits, Fun, Matt & Kim, Cults, St. Lucia, and more to be announced. The Tickets are on sales this Friday. Most excited here for Portugal the Man, who destroyed Paradise last year, and DDR was there. Check out a video from that show below.
DDR has been MIA these past few weeks, and with good reason: We got married. But, now that we are home our Spring/Summer concert schedule can commence. And boy, it is going to be good this year. Check out the list of shows we will be attending below (and reviewing post show) and also a video from last year’s Elbow show, which proves why live music kicks fucking ass:
March 27th – Kasabian – House of Blues Boston
April 21st – Death Cab For Cutie – Wang Theatre Boston
April 26th – Kathleen Edwards – Royale Boston
May 4th – The Shins – Wang Theatre Boston
May 9th – M83 – House of Blues Boston
May 29th – Radiohead – Comcast Center Mansfield
June 14th – tUnE yArDs – Pearl Street Northampton
#10 – Portugal. The Man – In the Mountain In the Cloud
(July 19th – Atlantic Records)
The big time. Finally. The story of a really great band that cut their teeth on the road and made great albums just got a major label contract and made a great record. This is the story of Portugal. The Man. The Portland, OR via Alaska band has had a long run of great albums, but they have finally hit the big time with In the Mountain In the Cloud. Their most accessible album to date, PTM have found a groove through their live shows that they have put on this record. Opener “So American” is tailor- made for radio, and “Floating” and “Head Like a Flame” continue the run. The best song, however, is “All Your Light,” which might be the best song in their entire catalog.
All Your Light (Times Like These):
Blowing the doors off the Paradise Rock Club would be a understatement for what Portland’s Portugal. The Man did last night. The sold out crowd of die hard fans were treated to a band so tight touring for so long, that the jams in between songs felt like songs themselves. Lead singer John Gourley and company played hard all night, rarely talking in between songs. It wasn’t needed. Kicking off their non-stop hour and a half-long set with “So American” and “Work All Day,” the one -two punch got everyone singing along early. A couple of amazing covers of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and Mott the Hopple’s “All the Young Dudes” were great surprises. The fact that they drew from pretty much their whole catalog made this a show for die hards, and hearing songs like “AKA M80 The Wolf” and “1989” made this a night to remember.
UK’s Alberta Cross opened and we were very surprised with how good they were… definitely check them out.
Portugal. The Man Setlist:
Work All Day
Helter Skelter (The Beatles Cover)
AKA M80 The Wolf
Head Like a Flame (Cool With It)
All The Young Dudes (Mott the Hopple Cover)
Floating (Time is On My Side)
All Your Light
Got It All
Don’t Look Back in Anger (Oasis Cover)
Guns and Dogs
Via Yahoo News – British independent music labels said Wednesday they had suffered a “disaster” after rioters torched a Sony-owned distribution centre in London and destroyed their entire CD stocks. The blaze late Monday ripped through the huge 20,000 sq metre warehouse in the north London district of late Monday and a pall of smoke was still rising from the burned-out site on Wednesday. The warehouse is used to store Sony CDs, DVDs and PlayStation games. But it also houses stock for around 150 independent music labels such as XL and Domino, who are behind acts including Grammy-winning British singer Adele and rockers Arctic Monkeys. “This is a disaster for the music community,” said Alison Wenham, who chairs Britain’s Association of Independent Music. London-based singer-songwriter Mara Carlyle said she had lost the entire stock of her latest record, which was originally due to come out in 2008 but had been put back to August this year after financial problems at record label EMI. “It’s pretty devastating,” Carlyle told AFP. “I spoke to someone today who has lost £100,000 worth of stock and he said that is nothing compared to some people. Some people have lost millions, and in an industry that is not exactly solid on its feet.” But Carlyle, who works at a youth centre in north London, urged people not to use the riots that have swept Britain for the last four nights as an excuse to “demonise” what she said were likely underprivileged groups of society. The PIAS group, Britain’s largest independent sales, marketing and distribution company for record companies, said it was working with Sony to deal with the situation. “These times are difficult for us, our artists, our labels and the whole indie sector which we vastly represent but we are determined to come out of this setback in the best way possible,” said PIAS boss Kenny Gates. Sony said it was “unable to confirm the extent of the damage or the cause until the fire is fully extinguished and a full investigation can be carried out by the authorities.”
This sucks. It’s bad enough there is no music industry anymore and Independent Artists work there asses off just to get by, now they have to deal with this crap. XL and Domino are up and coming labels with GREAT artists such as King Creosote, Jon Hopkins, Badly Drawn Boy, Arctic Monkeys and so on. These asshole rioters basically destroyed all of the inventory that the labels had, and for what? What they are fighting for is EXACTLY what these labels do for their artists: Freedom from the establishment. And now, they are just as hypocritical as the government they are fighting against. Morons. Whoever burned down this warehouse along with the fuckheads that Stole Portugal the Man’s gear should burn in hell for all eternity. Now that’s a cause I can get behind.
It is amazing to me that more people do not know about Portugal the Man. This Portland, OR band has been cranking out catchy song after catchy song for years and yet far inferior bands (Kings of Leon, I’m looking at you) have catapulted into superstardom. No matter, PTM have made solid records and scored their first major label contract with Atlantic this year. One would think this is the first step to destroying big areanas. With In the Mountain In the Cloud, they almost get there.
Kicking off with “So American”, PTM reveal the chops they’ve had for years, big songs, catchy hooks and sing along choruses. This is obvious to PTM fans, but if this is your first exposure to the band, then they hit the mark. So continues a great stretch with “Got It All” and “Everything You See”. The middle of the album gets a little bit redundant, but the songs will defentley keep you intrest. Album closer “Sleep Forever” really expands their sound to more in depth synths and melancholy lyrics.
All in all, a good record. Not their best, but a good intro to all of the music fans out there that have missed PTM for all these years.
Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)
Got It All (This Can’t be Living Now):
Ahead of it’s July 19th release, Portland’s Portugal the Man have been circulating two tracks from it’s highly anticipated In The Mountain Of The Cloud. “Sleep Forever” and “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)” have made the wait worthwile. Newly signed by major label Atlantic, PTM have kept the album under raps so far and free of internet leaks. Me thinks Atlantic knows the album is a game changer, so they have kept it close to the vest. For once, I actually agree with a major label. There is a first for everything. Listen to both tracks below:
Got it All (This Can’t be Living Now):