Concert Review: Portugal. The Man at House of Blues




Portugal. The Man performed their brand of indie rock in House of Blues’ intimate Cambridge Room last night. Following two relatively lackluster opening acts, the lights dimmed and Portugal. The Man took the stage, reminding everyone why they are headliners. The crowd went wild as they rocked out, making it look like it was easy to sound that good.

The band opened with the upbeat fan favorite “Guns and Dogs” from their 2009 album The Satanic Satanist; a good choice to get the party started with nearly every ticketholder belting out the lyrics. The hits kept coming, with more tracks from The Satanic Satanist and their 2008 album Censored Colors, along with new material like the recently released “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now).”

With every song, Portugal. The Man displayed their talent for making rock that feels contemporary and vintage simultaneously.

The audience was a mix of the usual suspects: bearded, flannel-clad hipsters, with the occasional frat boy sporting topsiders, crew socks, and a fist pump that screams, “I just turned 21, so I’ll go anywhere I can drink in public.” But the kids dissipated as the show wore on, leaving room for the true fans.

Overall, the show was a success. Portugal. The Man entertained old and new fans alike with their unique sound, which is oddly reminiscent of the rock on your parents’ iPod, but with a distinctly modern feel. —Kate Glending

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