Portugal. The Man plot club course ahead of 'American Ghetto'
Experimental alt-rock outfit Portugal. The Man has worked up a late-winter/early spring tour of North America as the group continues to back a pair of 2009 studio sets and a forthcoming new album, "American Ghetto."
The new round of dates crisscrosses the nation, beginning Feb. 24 in Fargo, ND, and ending a little more than a month later with a March 28 performance in Aspen, CO. The club trek will touch down in 21 cities, plus an April 17 set at the 11th annual Coachella Festival in Indio, CA. The full schedule is shown at right.
Port O'Brien and The Dig will provide opening support on the roadtrip.
Portugal. The Man, an Alaska-bred group currently based in Portland, OR, released its fourth studio album, "The Satanic Satanist," in July, along with its twin, "The Majestic Majesty," which featured the songs from "Satanist" performed acoustically. The latter set was released digitally, and also given away as a bonus to those who pre-ordered "The Satanic Satanist."
The twin LPs were the group's second and third studio releases in a little over a year, following 2008's "Censored Colors." That set featured the production talents of Phil Peterson and Kirk Huffman of The House of Breaking Glass, and Paul Kolderie (Pixies, Radiohead).
The band is currently working on another new album, "American Ghetto," an 11-song set that will not be released to the radio or press, according to the band's website.
"It is a slightly more electronic, beats, samplers, etc. album than 'The Satanic Satanist," reads a statement posted at the group's site. "Maybe not something for the casual listener but for those who have most of our records we think you will love it."
24 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
25 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
26 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
27 - St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle
1 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry's
3 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
4 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
5, 6- Austin, TX - The Parish Room
9 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
10 - Ybor City, FL - The Crowbar
11 - Orlando, FL - The Social
12 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
18 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
19 - New York, NY - HighLine Ballroom
20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
21 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre
24 - Columbia, MO - Mojo's
26 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
27 - Vail, CO - Sandbar Sports Grill
28 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
17 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Club
Portugal. The Man extends non-stop tour into fall [September 2009]
SXSW Performer: Portugal. The Man (Wasilla, AK) [March 2008]
Portugal. The Man raises 'Colors' on year-ending trek [November 2008]