The One-Hit Wonders Of The 2010s

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One-Hit WondersWhat constitutes a one-hit wonder? It seems like it should be cut and dry, but the designation can be pretty arbitrary, with gut feelings often trumping objective data. The “one-hit wonder” label can sometimes befall an artist with a robust catalog, whose fans will inevitably insist their fave does not deserve to be categorized as … More »

Cherry Glazerr – “Call Me” (Feat. Portugal. The Man)

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Cherry Glazerr - "Call Me" (Feat. Portugal. The Man)Cherry Glazerr’s most recent full-length, Stuffed & Ready, has continually impressed us since its release this past February. It’s rocking, confident, and intoxicating to say the least. The band made its late-night TV debut last week on The Late Late Show With James Corden, and today they’re back with … More »

Watch Robin Pecknold, James Mercer, & Friends Cover “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” With Judy Collins Herself

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2019 Newport Folk FestivalThis year’s Newport Folk Festival was quite eventful! Not only did country supergroup the Highwomen make their official debut performance, the fest ended with an all-star event called “I Had A Song” featuring a number of big names covering some of the best tunes ever. That’s how we got Kermit The Frog More »

Cassius release their final album, ‘Dreems’ [Stream]

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Cassius release their final album, ‘Dreems’ [Stream]Cassius Dreems

French house icons, Hubert Blanc-Francard, and the late Philippe Zdar, known to fans as Cassius, have released their fifth and final album in Dreems. The LP features heavy-hitters from across the musical spectrum like Portugal. the Man’s John Gourle and Mike D of Beastie Boys infamy, but ultimately represents more than two decades of musical growth since Cassius’s first releases in 1996.

Dreems isn’t just an hour of new Cassius material, which would be a delight in itself, but it’s an album where songs successfully build on one another, borrowing melodies, instruments and vocal motifs throughout, proving the duo’s attraction to the art of the LP. The album’s most vivid example of this is in how “W18” thematically and musically unfolds into its successor, “Walking on Sunshine.” Other track like “Summer,” the album’s opener, and “Don’t Let Me Be” draw a more refined and generally upbeat picture than 2016’s Ibifornia, while still maintaining much of the latter’s highly-acclaimed funk.

With Dreems being the group’s final release, it’s hard to find a more apt farewell than in the lyrics of the album’s title track.

Never before I had someone like you right by my side
Never before I had someone
Never before I had someone like you right by my side
Never before I had someone

CRSSD announces first arm of fall lineup: Portugal. The Man, Fisher, Amelie Lens, + more

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CRSSD announces first arm of fall lineup: Portugal. The Man, Fisher, Amelie Lens, + moreCRSSD

San Diego’s biannual bedrock electronic music destination, CRSSD, has announced the first lineup phase of its fall run for 2019. At the top of the Sep 28-29 ticket sits indie sensations, Portugal. The Man, feverish house frenzy, Fisher, preeminent techno talent, Richie Hawtin, and more.

In just a handful of years since its harbor-side genesis along Waterfront Park, CRSSD has become a mainstay within Southern California’s festival front. Riddled with the niche, underground sounds that make dance music so beautifully beguiling, CRSSD’s curation has flourished in immaculately kept time with dance and indie culture.

Typical for each installment, CRSSD organizers will speckle its artistry across three stylized stages, as view of the picturesque Pacific glistens in their wakes. House heads would do well to flock to the The Palms, where Shiba San and Walker & Royce will hop on a back-to-back display. Techno is ever in the air at the City Steps, where Amelie Lens, Richie Hawtin, and more mavens of the moment will find their low-lit dwelling place. Finally, the Ocean View will house an amalgamation of experimental sounds from a-CRSSD the board, like Hot Chip, KAYTRANADA, and Portugal. The Man.

General festival information as well as tickets (available Jun 11) can be found here.

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Plan To Make Portugal. The Man Alaska’s Official Hold Music Put On Hold

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The state has put songs from the Grammy award-winning band Portugal. The Man and four other artists with Alaska ties on hold. More »

Ookay drops heavy beats again in new Jay Rock remix

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From trap-heavy beginnings, California-based Ookay has proven to be quite the versatile producer as of late with a more electronic, pop-leaning sound. This was most evident on his debut Wow! Cool Album! and continued on for a remix of Portugal. The Man‘s “Tidal Wave.” His latest single, “Bad Habits,” has received widespread approval and was accompanied by a fall tour announcement, putting him in a great position to round out 2018. Despite this streak, the multi-talented musician is taking no breaks in releasing a rework of Jay Rock‘s “Win.”

The Top Dawg Entertainment veteran climbed through the ranks this year with features on Kendrick Lamar‘s Black Panther soundtrack, causing Ookay to hop on the bandwagon. However, he’s decided to revert back to old ways for a second, complementing the bass-heavy hip-hop beat of the original with some pounding trap and dub hits on the remix. A live audience won’t know what hit them when the second drop comes to fruition, consisting of straight distortion and occasional robotic synths.

Ookay will embark on his “Bad Habits” fall/winter tour in November, with special guests Bonnie X Clyde, DNMO, and more.

Tom Morello enlists Whethan and Portugal. The Man to honor Chris Cornell in ‘Every Step That I Take’

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Tom Morello enlists Whethan and Portugal. The Man to honor Chris Cornell in ‘Every Step That I Take’Tom Morello Whethan Portugal The Man Every Step That I Take

There comes a time when an artist must break out of their comfort zone and experiment in order to evolve artistically. That time has come for Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine fame, whose efforts adventuring into different musical realms has resulted in his upcoming, electronic-laced LP dubbed The Atlas Underground. It’s due for an October 12 release.

One of its singles comes from a melancholic place. “Every Step That I Take” sees him honoring his fallen Audioslave band mate and famed rocker Chris Cornell, who was reported to have taken his own life earlier in the year. Its lyrics subtly mention topics like depression, anxiety, and the struggle to “find the neon path.” Though it taps the expertise of bass sensation Whethan in producing its electro undertones, Morello and other collaborator Portugal. The Man ultimately exert a larger influence over the piece for a relatable, nuanced piece with a long guitar riff at the end that’s radio-friendly to its core. Of the record, the musician stated:

“‘Every Step That I Take’ is about how the dreams, and depression, and love and the lack of it on the emotional steps of the gallows are processed. It was a song written by myself and Matt Shultz from Cage the Elephant and Johnny [Gourley] from Portugal.The Man sings it and it’s just a beautiful song. One of my favorites on the record.”

Morello also joined with SAVE, an organization dedicated to suicide awareness and prevention. The Atlas Underground album will also include features by Steve Aoki, RZA, Pretty Lights, Knife Party, and more.

 

PLS&TY Turns Portugal. The Man’s Track “Live In The Moment” Into Pure Future Vibes

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The blissful future bass connoisseur PLS&TY is back at it again this time with a remix of Portual. The Man’s single “Live In The Moment”. It is a twist on the original that really takes the song into a whole new direction. Filled with the sounds and style that we have come to see from

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Beavis & Butt-Head Come Out Of Retirement To Critique Portugal. The Man

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Beavis & Butt-Head have come out of retirement to criticize Portugal. The Man. The band has been opening their shows on tour with the video for “Feel It Still,” their wildly successful pop hit, edited by Mike Judge, the creator of Beavis & Butt-Head. More »