Stream new Portugal. The Man track, 'Everyone Is Golden' -- an EW exclusive!


It has come to my attention that, as much as we’d all like to stand around and gape at the brilliance of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs some more, the whole point of going to music festivals is to discover new bands. Okay: One of my new favorites from Bonnaroo ’09 is the oddly-punctuated Portugal. The Man, a group originally founded in Wasilla, Alaska — yes, that Wasilla — by John Baldwin Gourley, whose parents mushed in the Iditarod, and Zachary Scott Carothers, who once went head to head with Sarah Palin over a skate park. And while it seems unlikely, I find their music even more compelling than their background.

Upcoming fourth album The Satanic Satanist (out July 21st) carries some of the stonery vibe I perceived on that rainy ‘Roo night, but now there are danceable loops and classic flower-rock choruses, too. Below, please feel free to stream an exclusive preview of sunny anthem “Everyone Is Golden,” and view a ramshackley acoustic video performance of the album’s first track, “People Say,” after the jump. Then lemme hear ya in the comments, Mixers: Are you with me on Portugal. The Man, or did I let the blisters from my galoshes compromise my critical faculties?

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  • James

    I love this band. Saw them last year right after the release for Censored Colors.
    Amazing guys all around. And very talented musicians.

  • James

    I love these guys. Very talented musicians. Amazing live, saw them last year right after Censored Colors was released.

  • Aaron Walker

    Amazing band… cannot wait for this album.

  • Christy

    These guys are incredible. I saw them live before Waiter! You Vultures came out. Their live show draws you in and their studio work is phenomonal. I’ve kept up with their albums and they just get better as they grow. I can’t wait for the Satanic Satanist and for them to come to my town again.
    A truly talented group and severely under rated.

  • fan

    Portugal. The Man!
    Great live-band, as the video shows!
    Buy the album!

  • fan

    great live-band!
    buy the album!

  • JAKE!!!!

    i love portugal the man. they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. cant wait to see them at lollapalooza!

  • andrés marafioti

    I love this band! never seen them alive ’cause they never came to s/a… must be great…

  • todd schwartz

    author – please pick up a copy of Portugal’s ’08 release, Censored Colors. You likely heard several tracks from the album at ‘Roo. Trust me when I say it was easily one of the top five releases of the year.

  • Jonn

    i’ve seen PTM at least 6 times and i’m never disappointed. they’re easily one of the most promising acts out there. i’ve met John (vocals, guitar) once at a show in Los Angeles and he was almost surprised that i went out of my way to tell him how amazing the show was. i’ve never encountered such genuine and humble artists in my life. they deserve every piece of success they get.

  • Jonn

    i’ve seen PTM at least 6 times now and i am never disappointed. i’ve been a fan for years and have followed their progression through their albums, each one changing stylistically, yet still managing to stick with their roots. i had the pleasure of meeting John (vocals, guitar) after a show in Los Angeles and he was almost surprised that i went out my way to tell them how much i loved the show. i’ve never encountered such genuine and humble artists in my life. they truly deserve all the success in the world and i’m thrilled they’re finally becoming recognized for their sheer talent….and i’m very much looking forward to seeing them in SF at outside lands

  • Cal

    So glad to see they are getting some attention.. There is really nothing in the world of music right now that is anything like Portugal. The Man.. They have a unique, original style of music from album to album.

  • Deric

    Everyone should make an effort to get to know this band. And I am not just saying that because I am friends with the lead singer. They are amazing, and I am lucky enough to have had the privilege to see them live. Hope the new album is a smash hit!

  • Danny

    It’s kinda bugging me how John isn’t wearing his beanie.

  • Jeff

    Awesome, awesome. They’ve been around for a while and are just starting to get noticed for real. Everyone should check out this band. great vid!

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