PORTUGAL. THE MAN
I don't know why Portugal. The Man isn't bigger than they are. It probably has something to do with that oddly placed period in the band's name. If you can look past that - I know it's not easy - you'll hear some nicely crafted, often heady rock tunes. There's an obvious '60s influence that borders on Flaming Lips territory with its oddities - hand claps, warped effects, psychedelic lyrics. Songs with catchy choruses, stellar live performances and seven solid studio efforts later, it always seems like the band is one step from surfing the mainstream popularity wave. With Crystal Fighters. $25. Oct. 2, 8 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-916-8970.