Portugal. The Man's origins are the musical equivalent of embarrassing high-school yearbook photos. The group's creative nucleus—Zach Carothers and John Gourley—once played in Anatomy of a Ghost, one of the silliest emo bands to have ever existed. P.TM's contentious debut, Waiter: "You Vultures!" is similarly representational of early-'00s post-hardcore and barely resembles anything that came after. The theatrical, more-is-more leanings that informed the group's early output survive in the form of sometimes asphyxiating melodic stuffiness—there is never a dull moment on the group's latest, the Danger Mouse-produced Evil Friends. That's not always a great thing; seldom do the record's best hooks receive adequate breathing room. But this is still a more-than-adequate band, and cuts like the title track and featherweight rocker "Creep in a T-Shirt" may single-handedly absolve the record of its occasional incoherence. The group plays an all-ages afternoon show to benefit the Oregon Music Hall of Fame's Music in Schools program, in addition to the sold-out evening performance. MORGAN TROPER
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.