First let me preface by saying I've seen Portugal. The Man on more than a handful of occasions since 2006. I believe they're such an underrated band that really does deserve a much larger fan base. I was extremely excited the amazing ACLTV people thought so too!
After catching their set at this year's Austin City Limits Festival, I came away more impressed than ever. I would even venture to say that their set was near the top of my favorites from the second weekend. So when I heard they'd be taping a show for the 39th season of Austin City Limits, it couldn't have been more perfect timing. Portugal. The Man twice in one month, yes please!
Taking my girlfriend Kali along for the show, we arrived at the Moody Theater a few minutes after 7. Having never heard them before this year's ACL, she thought their set was really entertaining at the festival and was looking forward to the show as well. The crowd definitely took their sweet time arriving to the venue, but once Portugal. The Man took the stage there wasn't a empty seat to be found. The band without even so much as a hello started off the night with "All Your Light" and I knew this was going to be a great show. I'm also pretty sure I've never seen such a long intro from any band playing on the famed ACL stage. It definitely got the crowd smiling and had them clapping enthusiastically along to the music. A few words were spoken here and there, but mostly it was all about the music for the band.
In a span of an hour and half, Portugal ran through new jams "Evil Friends" and "Modern Jesus", and even paid homage to Pink Floyd by including a verse and the chorus from "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" in their own hit, "Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue". The crowd was loving it!
The entire set focused on three of the band's albums: The Satanic Satanist, In The Mountain in the Cloud, and this year's Danger Mouse produced Evil Friends. PTM's most recent album was featured prominent in the performance, with definitely no complaints from yours truly. It's a really good album.
The band closed with the epic "Sleep Forever" and it couldn't have ended better. We had such a fun night! A great show by a solid band.
Special thanks as always to our gracious hosts at the ACL studios! Thank you, thank you, thank you for always being so awesome! You can also read their review of the taping and see more of Scott Newton's gorgeous photos here.
The Nites Are Free!! Every night when the fest ends the party keeps going on all around town. All you need is your FFF Fest wristband (and a little patience) to get into all of these amazing shows. You really can't do wrong when choosing where to go each night but we highlighted some of our favorites each night to give you a little help.
Thursday, November 7:
Mohawk: Kurt Vile, the Tontons, Roger Sellers, Dana Falconberry, Leopold and His Fiction
Red 7: ((sounder)), Blake Schwarzenbach, OBN III's, the Blind Shake
Beerland: Pop. 1280, Crooked Bangs, Night Slaves
Holy Mountain: Title Fight, Code Orange Kids, Boyfrndz, Pushmen
The Parish: RJD2, Boombaptist
Friday, November 8:
Mohawk: Subhumans, White Lung, Special Guests TBA
Red 7: Pelican, True Widow, Coliseum, Phantom Lakes, Chelsea Light Moving, Lemuria, Merchandise, the Young
Elysium: Misfits, the Attack, Lost In Society
Beerland: Small Black
Holy Mountain:The Underachievers, Ratking, Antwon, Fat Tony, Kosha Dillz
The Parish: Poolside, Bagheera, Orthy
ND: Mac DeMarco, Quasi, Booher
The Belmont: Bob Mould (DJ Set), Fred Armensen (DJ Set), Larry Gus, Star Slinger, Bronze Whale
New Movement: Doug Mellard, Kyle Kinane
Hotel Vegas: Christian Bland and the Revelators, Blues Control, Holy Wave, Mirror Travel
State Theater: Kyle Dunnigan, Doug Benson, Sarah Silverman
Saturday, November 9:
ACL Live: Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), Making Time DJ's, Twin Shadow
Mohawk: Matt Bearden, Jenny Slate, Craig Robinson, Tenacious D, the Karaoke Underground
Red 7: Latasha Lee & the Blackties, Brownout, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Jonathan Toubin
Beerland: Drakulas, Audacity, Scott Reynolds (All), the Last (Members of the Descendents)
Holy Mountain: Cro-Mags, Ceremony, Regents, Coliseum, Narrows, Retox
Hotel Vegas: Eagle Claw, Yakuza, Inter Arma, Black Tusk
Empire Control Room: Dark Room, Big Black Delta, Chet Faker
ND: Saint Rich, Hunters, Bleached, the Men
The Belmont: Bodega, Flatbush Zombies, Del the Funky Homosapien, Tony Trimm (DJ set), DJ Abilities, Serengeti, Jel
New Movement: Altercation Punk Rock Comedy Hour
Sunday, November 10:
Mohawk: Good Field, Cayucas
Red 7: Nik Turner's Hawkwind
Holy Mountain: Illustrations, Beartooth, Defeater
The Parish: Bonobo (DJ set)
Hotel Vegas: The Impossibles
Empire Control Room: Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Orion
This is it! After months of waiting the Fun Fun Fun Fest festivities kick off this week. Over the next few days we will be posting our schedules, a complete guide to Nites, and a list of the 10 acts that are not to be missed. But to kick things off properly we have to mention the return of the TACO CANNON! You will get six chances to get your hands on some delicious Tamale House Tacos during the week. Here is the schedule, plan accordingly.
Fri (Black Stage)
Sat (Blue Stage)
Sun (Orange Stage)