PICS: Portugal. The Man at the Observatory North Park

We can 'Feel It Still': Psych-rock group Portugal. The Man headlined the Observatory North Park on March 16 -- with HDBeenDope and DJ J Hart opening.

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A psychedelic-rock band from Wasilla, Alaska, the group got their start in 2004 as a side project for frontman John Gourley. The group’s primary members are currently vocalist/guitarist Gourley, bassist Zachary Carothers, and drummer Jason Sechrist.
After recording their first demos, they relocated to Portland, Oregon. After all, “Keep Portland Weird” sounds right up their alley. The band released their debut album “Waiter: ‘You Vultures!’” on Fearless Records on Jan. 24, 2006, followed by 2007’s “Church Mouth.”
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Portugal. The Man then went on seemingly countless tours and released “Censored Colors” in 2008 on its own record label, Approaching AIRballoons, in partnership with Equal Vision Records.
After releasing “The Satanic Satanist” in 2009, and then “American Ghetto” in 2010, the band announced their signing to Atlantic Records. Their major label debut, “In the Mountain in the Cloud,” was released on July 19, 2011.
Their 2013 album, “Evil Friends,” was produced by Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). In 2014, they announced their were recording their eighth studio album, “Gloomin + Doomin” with Mike D from the Beastie Boys. However, in 2017, they announced that the record had “failed to complete” and had been thrown out.
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Instead, they revealed that a new album named “Woodstock” would be released sometime in the future (release date TBA). The record was apparently named for the ticket stub to the famed 1969 music festival that Gourley’s father owns.
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Portugal. The Man’s March 16 set list included the following songs: “Church Mouth,” “Creep in a T-Shirt / Someday Believers,” “Chicago,” “Head Is a Flame (Cool with It),” “Got it All (This Can’t Be Living Now)”...
Followed by “Once Was One,” “Waves,” “All Your Light (Times Like These)” into Ghostface Killah’s “A Kilo”…
And “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (the Beatles cover), “And I,” “Hip Hop Kids,” “Feel It Still,” “Holy Roller (Hallelujah)"...
Followed by “Noise Pollution,” “Evil Friends / Day Man,” “So American,” “Modern Jesus,” “Purple Yellow Red and Blue,” and “Atomic Man” as the encore.
Rising rap star HDBeenDope opened the show. He’s been rapping since he was 9 years old, releasing music online since he was 16, and has established a stellar reputation in the New York hip-hop scene – largely paying tribute to the ‘90s boom-bap style.
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DJ J Hart kicked things off for the packed venue.
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