“The only rule we need is never giving up.”

“Modern Jesus” by Portugal. The Man | Suddenly Portugal. The Man (I don’t have a problem with their use of punctuation, as opposed to Fun [fun.] which is just plain… ugh) is gaining a bit of traction. Last I heard, they’ve even placed on Jam 88.3’s supposedly alternative charts. At the risk of sounding pompous, I remember these guys from their earlier work – I was in college, discovering 6 Music and indie MP3 blogs, and they just released Waiter: “You Vultures!”, their first album, and I was grabbing anything I could grab just because. And now the Alaskan group whose indie has a sense of experimentalism – albeit one that, considering what almost every other indie band does, isn’t out of places anywhere anymore. Dexter recommended this one, released off their arguably breakthrough record Evil Friends, hoping that me, an “indie folk hating hipster” – it’s a joke, kids, don’t worry – would like this. And I do, Dex, in an oddly uplifting way, I do, so we’re now at 3-2. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)