Staff Pick: Portugal. The Man at Outland Live

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

On its face, the music of Portugal. The Man is close kin with the likes of Elton John and Freddie Mercury, ace songwriters who knew how to wring every glittering ounce of drama from a chorus. But if you listen closely, it becomes clear how these guys had an album on Fearless Records and toured with post-hardcore acts like Chiodos and Circa Survive.

The Portland combo brings a cute and friendly emo sensibility to the classic psych, prog and glam memes they mine. Telekinesis and Unknown Mortal Orchestra will help them drum up hype for their next collection of epics with a stop Wednesday at Outland.

Sleep forever:

Outland Live

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25

95 E. Liberty St., Brewery District