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12 Jan
2012


The Decemberists have announced the March 13 release of We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11), a 20-track live double-album (and triple-vinyl set) culled from the band’s 2011 tour supporting their chart-topping, Grammy-nominated album The King Is Dead. With songs spanning their entire first decade as a band—from their debut EP 5 Songs through each of their six LP’s—We All Raise Our Voices To The Air is the first-ever live album from a band that has grown into one of rock’s most thrilling live acts.

Before the January 2011 release of The King Is Dead, TIME magazine made the prescient prediction that the album’s release would “mark their crossover to the realm of important American rock groups alongside the likes of Wilco and the White Stripes.” They were proven right when the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Fueled by the #1 AAA radio hit “Down By The Water”—which is nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards—the album has produced three Top 10 AAA singles (“This Is Why We Fight” and “Calamity Song”) and become the band’s best-selling album of their career, earning them a legion of new fans.

In concert, The Decemberists—lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Colin Meloy, keyboardist & accordionist Jenny Conlee, guitarist Chris Funk, bassist Nate Query, and drummer John Moen, with additional member Sara Watkins on fiddle, guitar and vocals—deliver an unforgettable live experience full of spontaneity. A band of breathtaking versatility, The Decemberists can reach deep into their rich catalog of songs for gorgeous fok-rock gems (“Rise To Me”), murderously driving rockers (“The Rake’s Song”), expansive suites (“The Crane Wife 1, 2, and 3”), the worst song Meloy ever wrote (“Dracula’s Daughter”), or epic sea shanties that inspire enthusiastic crowd participation (“The Mariner’s Revenge Song”).

The performances on We All Raise Our Voices To The Air are drawn from 12 different shows at venues including the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Marymoor Amphitheatre in Seattle, and their final two shows at McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre in their hometown of Portland, which featured the addition of a horn section that can be heard on several songs.

In a review of the band’s first of three sold-out shows that kicked off the 2011 tour at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, the New York Post wrote that “during this two-hour show, the set spanned the band’s 10-year career, but wisely leaned heaviest on the just-released CD, The King Is Dead. Songs from that record made the best case for why the group should be superstars.”

The track listing for We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11) is as follows:

Disc 1

1. The Infanta (5:15)

2. Calamity Song (3:57)

3. Rise To Me (4:55)

4. The Soldiering Life (3:58)

5. We Both Go Down Together (4:30)

6. The Bagman’s Gambit (8:05)

7. Down By The Water (3:59)

8. Leslie Ann Levine(4:15)

9. The Rake’s Song (3:34)

10. The Crane Wife 1, 2, and 3 (16:20)

Disc 2

1. Oceanside (3:15)

2. Billy Liar (6:33)

3. Grace Cathedral Hill (4:35)

4. All Arise! (4:30)

5. Rox In The Box (3:15)

6. June Hymn (4:20)

7. Dracula’s Daughter > O Valencia! (5:49)

8. This Is Why We Fight (4:35)

9. The Mariner’s Revenge Song (10:20)

10. I Was Meant For The Stage (10:00)

03 Oct
2011

The Decemberists have announced the November 1 release of the b-sides EP Long Live The King, a companion piece to their #1 debuting breakout LP The King Is Dead. The 6-song EP features outtakes from The King Is Dead recording sessions at Pendarvis Farm including “E. Watson” (with backing vocals from Laura Veirs and Annalisa Tornfelt), the horn-drenched “Sonnet,” and a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Row Jimmy”, as well as the home demo “I 4 U & U 4 Me.” The CD and 10” vinyl versions of Long Live The King are available for pre-order now at The Decemberists’ website and Amazon.com. The EP will also be released digitally through all digital retailers.

On October 22, The Decemberists will be making a return appearance on Austin City Limits, the venerable music show on PBS. The episode pairs the band with Americana luminaries Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, who also reprise their guest turns on The King Is Dead by sitting in with The Decemberists during their set, which was filmed at the show’s new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. ACL is the longest-running music series in American television history. For more information please visit www.austincitylimits.org.

NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly recently kicked off their Greek Week concert series with a performance by The Decemberists that was filmed live in concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. “Calamity Song” is currently being featured on their website.

The track listing for Long Live The King is as follows:

1. E. Watson
2. Foregone
3. Burying Davy
4. I 4 U & U 4 Me
5. Row Jimmy
6. Sonnet

22 Sep
2011

Last Call with Carson Daly has returned with a brand new season. This week’s performances all come from the famed Greek Theatre. The Decemberists kicked off “Greek Week” with “Calamity Song” and “January Hymn.”

Watch both videos below and pick up their album The King Is Dead on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

22 Aug
2011

The Decemberists have unveiled their latest video for “Calamity Song,” a collaboration with director Michael Schur in his music video maiden voyage. Schur is the co-creator of NBC’s acclaimed comedy series Parks and Recreation, and has also been a writer for Saturday Night Live and a producer of The Office. The video—which premiered today on the NPR Music website—was inspired by David Foster Wallace’s gargantuan, mind-altering novel Infinite Jest. It was filmed on location in Grant Park in Portland, Oregon on the rainiest July 17 in the city’s history. Check out a feature on the video in The New York Times.

COLIN MELOY: I wrote “Calamity Song” shortly after I’d finished reading David Foster Wallace’s epic Infinite Jest. The book didn’t so much inspire the song itself, but Wallace’s irreverent and brilliant humor definitely wound its way into the thing. And I had this funny idea that a good video for the song would be a recreation of the Enfield Tennis Academy’s round of Eschaton—basically, a global thermonuclear crisis recreated on a tennis court—that’s played about a third of the way into the book. Thankfully, after having a good many people balk at the idea, I found a kindred spirit in Michael Schur, a man with an even greater enthusiasm for Wallace’s work than my own. With much adoration and respect to this seminal, genius book, this is what we’ve come up with. I can only hope DFW would be proud.

MICHAEL SCHUR: The band’s manager contacted me and asked me to direct a video they were planning that referenced a section of the book Infinite Jest. The Decemberists are my favorite band, and Infinite Jest is my favorite book. This was tantamount to telling me I had just won two simultaneous Powerball Lottery jackpots, on my birthday, which was also Christmas. Thus, my response to him was that although I was pretty sure this was an elaborate dream I was having, if it were in fact real, then yes, I would be interested. The production team on Parks and Recreation, many of whom are also big fans, volunteered their time and energy, and we shot the whole thing in one day in Portland. Infinite Jest geeks will hopefully enjoy all of the specific references and small details, but we tried to design it so that those with no knowledge of the book at all would be able to understand and enjoy it as well.

“Calamity Song” is the third single from The Decemberists’ album The King Is Dead, a set of 10 concise country-inflected songs produced by Tucker Martine and featuring guests Gillian Welch and Peter Buck. The King Is Dead debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 after its release in January.

21 Aug
2011

For our final day of Outside Lands Festival coverage, our writer Ace Ubas covered ten artists (his buddy Carlos covered the Decemberists) and our photographer Marcello Ambriz shot ten artists as well! We hope that you’ve enjoyed our coverage for this year’s Outside Lands Festival (thanks to Big Hassle Media for getting us in!)


Free Yr Radio Tent: Wye Oak

Since I couldn’t see Wye Oak later on during the day at the Panhandle Stage, I decided to see them at the intimate Free Yr Radio Tent right at the start of Day 3. Granted, it was a REALLY short set, but with their latest album Civilian, they’ve become one of the bands to watch out for. Vocalist/guitarist Jenn Wasner and drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack have always been a two-piece without a bassist. But for this performance, they changed things up as Stack wasn’t behind his kit, but holding up an actual bass instead. You can say that it was a stripped down set without the drums, but it seemed less dynamic. They played “Hot as Day” and “Holy Holy,” and you can instantly notice that the songs were hollow. The loud, reverb-drenched guitar was still there, but without the drums, it wasn’t the same Wye Oak that I knew.


Sutro Stage: The Fresh & Onlys

I managed to catch The Fresh & Onlys set, watching them play their last two songs. I wasn’t familiar with them at all, but it didn’t take them long to capture my interest. Maybe it was because they were back in their hometown San Francisco on a festival stage, but they did not disappoint for a second. From the 60s-psyche tune “Peacock and Wing” to set-closer “Diamond in the Dark,” they just flat out rocked the hell out of the Sutro Stage. This quartet is definitely on my radar and the next time they roll into town, I will not miss them live, neither should anyone else for that matter.

More Photos of the Fresh & Onlys at Outside Lands Festival

Sutro Stage: tUnE-yArDs

After making her national television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Oakland-native Merrill Garbus (a.k.a tUnE-yArDs) was out to show that her appearance was just a sneak peak into what her live performance is really like. Garbus emerged onto the stage by herself with her signature face paint as she banged on her floor tom. Soon the two brass players joined her on stage as they opened with “Do You Want to Live?.” Immediately she grabbed the crowd’s attention and got them to chant ‘yeah’ on cue during the song. They followed it up with their most popular song “Gangsta,” which got the crowd dancing. Presenting diversity in her music, she picked up a ukulele for the hip-hop-infused Es-so, showed off her high-pitched wail on Powa, and got groovy with the sexy “Real Live Flesh.” tUnE-yArDs was definitely one of the highlights throughout the weekend. Garbus has a monster voice while creating music that perfectly blends tribal freak folk with hip-hop and a sprinkle of reggae. It’s an experience in itself.

More Photos of tUnE-yArDs at Outside Lands Festival

Twin Peaks Stage: Junip

I didn’t think I would catch Junip’s set, but I happened to catch the last few songs. In terms of sound, it was a distinct contrast to what I’ve seen earlier in the day. There weren’t that many people watching the Jose Gonzalez-led Swedish quartet’s set, but they provided a nice change of pace in terms of musical style from what I’ve seen earlier in the day. With the seven-minute long “At the Door,” “Far Away,” and “Always,” the people lying on their blankets were able to soak in the soothing tunes as well as the sun.


Panhandle Stage: Grouplove

Being from Los Angeles, I was very excited to see fellow natives Grouplove bring a piece of the LA music scene with them to San Francisco. But at the end of their set, I came to the conclusion that not only do they represent the LA music scene, but they are the epitome of a summer band. With the sun blaring down on the crowd, the indie-pop quartet played feel-good songs such as “Lovely Cup” and “Itchin on a Photograph” that engulfed the crowd in this comfortable ‘warmth.’ Vocalist/keyboardist Hannah Hooper charmed everyone by talking about growing in San Francisco and when she put on her golden, sun-shaped mask, everyone knew it was time for their hit “Naked Kids.” Each member looked like they were genuinely enjoying being on stage and performing, and that attitude carried over to the crowd. Not only did they manage to make me feel like I was at home, they managed to send across a wave of nostalgia through their music and make everyone feel like they’re at home.

More Photos of Grouplove at Outside Lands Festival

Twin Peaks Stage: !!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Face it. LCD Soundsystem is not coming back anytime soon. Where does that leave the dance-punk genre? Well, since The Rapture are over on the east coast, Sacramento’s own !!! (chk chk chk) is left with the responsibility of throwing a dance party in the west coast. Granted, they played in the afternoon but who needs a disco ball and strobe lights anyway? Short-shorts wearing, hip-thrusting vocalist Nic Offer surely didn’t, as he got the crowd to break a sweat and dance their butts off. They even covered a song by a certain musician that made them ‘extra loveable.’

More Photos of !!! at Outside Lands Festival

Sutro Stage: Julieta Venegas

Music festivals are known for showcasing diverse musical styles from different parts of the world, so Outside Lands provided an opportunity for me to check out something new and open me up to other genres. I decided to check out the Mexican songstress, Julieta Venegas, out on the Sutro Stage and I was really glad that I did. Despite a few technical difficulties and appealing to the Spanish-speaking crowd exclusively (her songs are in Spanish and interacted with the crowd in Spanish), she proved exactly why she’s a Grammy-award nominee. Julieta and her back-up band provided infectious melodies, pop hooks, and ballads. Aside from a piano, she displayed her multi-instrumental ability by playing a banjo and an accordion throughout her set when playing more folk-inspired numbers. For her last song, she brought Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux (who played Day 2) on stage as they sang the duet Eres Para Mi. It was a great set, but I would’ve enjoyed it more had I paid attention in high school Spanish class.

More Photos of Julieta Venegas at Outside Lands Festival

Sutro Stage: Little Dragon

When ever Gothenburg, Sweden’s Little Dragon rolled through Los Angeles in the past, something always prevented me from seeing them. But I wasn’t going to miss them again as I stayed at the Sutro Stage to get my groove on. Vocalist Yukimi Nagano wore a shimmering silver dress as they opened up with “Looking Glass” and “Never Never” from their second album Machine Dreams. A couple of songs from their latest release Ritual Union followed with the bluesy “Little Man” and the dark dance number “Please Turn.” Though Nagano may be pixie-like in stature, her voice packs a lot of soul like on songs “Summertearz” and single “Ritual Union.” The stellar musicianship of Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Kallgren (bass), and Hakan Wirenstrand (guitar) combined to create an ethereal and hypnotic synth-pop sound which Nagano traveled on in order to mesmerize the crowd.

More Photos of Little Dragon at Outside Lands Festival

Sutro Stage: Beirut

It wouldn’t be a festival if there weren’t acts whose schedules didn’t conflict. For this particular day, patrons had to choose The Decemberists playing on the main stage (Lands End) or Beirut on the Sutro Stage. I ended up choosing to watch the New Mexico-based collective.

By the time Beirut took the stage, the time and place couldn’t have been anymore perfect. With Sutro Stage being surrounded by trees, the sun setting behind it created a beautiful backdrop as Zach Condon and his merry men serenaded the crowd with their European folk style. As usual, they used a mélange of instruments throughout their set that they’re known for, playing a beautiful, worldly set over the span of 70 minutes.

Despite their latest album, The Rip Tide, coming out at the end of the month, their set was a nice balance of songs from each of their three albums. “Elephant Gun,” “My Night with a Prostitute,” “Scenic World,” and “Nantes” were the fan-favorites and drew the loudest cheers of their set, while “Postcard from Italy” featured a great saxophone solo that echoed throughout the field. New songs such as “Santa Fe” and “Vagabond” still had that Eastern European folk feel, but they were definitely the more “poppier” songs that they played. Since I won’t be able to see them later on in the year, I was real pleased that I was able to catch their set. They just know how to create music that makes you feel good.

More PHotos of Beirut at Outside Lands Festival

Lands End Stage: The Decemberists

Since I chose to see Beirut instead of The Decemberists, I wasn’t able to see their set. Fortunately, my friend Carlos Cabral caught their set and he was gracious enough to write-up a review for their set:

Indie-pop veteran’s The Decemberists found a welcome and willing crowd Sunday evening in the almost-as-liberal-as-Portland San Francisco. Their set started routinely enough, opening with a throwback to Castaways and Cutouts in the summer anthem “July, July!” Ever socially-aware and politically-charged frontman Colin Meloy wasted no time exposing his famous wit, referencing republican presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann by dedicating “Calamity Song,” a tune about the decline of civilization, for free use in her campaign.

Audience response was favorable enough as they marched through their set, composing newer songs mostly but also throwing in obscure gems such as “Dracula’s Daughter,” to which Meloy admitted, and not for the first time, was probably the worst song he ever wrote. But the crowd hooted and hollered to every song, including that one, and even went so far as to begin chicken fighting at the frontman’s behest. Where most indie bands would be happy enough with consistent positive reception and vulgar displays of power, such was not the case with the Decemberists, who took their set to a whole new level with “Won’t Want for Love.” Guest musician Sara Watkins, covering for Jenny Conlee who is currently fighting cancer (which Meloy graciously asked the crowd to send their positive thoughts), provided vocals for the song and received a warm welcome. Watkins’ passionate rendition was trumped only by a lengthy and impromptu guitar solo that turned the song more Zeppelin than anything else that has come out of Portland in the last several years, which sent the crowd rolling.

The Decemberists closed their set with fan-favorite “The Mariner’s Revenge Song,” seeking to please long-time fans’ attraction to the band’s penchant for storytelling and lyrical complexity. It remains somewhat of an oddity on how a band that beautifully sings about revenge, infanticide and calamity, has retained such a whimsically enamored following for all these years. But it was evident in the concert that the central thesis to The Decemberists is that the only respite to a world of consistently bad things is love, which they gave San Francisco that night, who reciprocated the same sentiment.

More Photos of Decemberists At Outside Lands Festival


Lands End Stage: Arcade Fire

Closing out not only the night, but the entire festival was Montreal’s pride and joy Arcade Fire. Even though they shared the closing slot with Deadmau5, I can say with the utmost confidence that they put on the best show of the entire festival. The giant theatrical marquee that hung above the stage gave off the feeling that everyone would be witnessing a grand opera, as a video intro was shown on the side screens. They emerged from the stage as they opened with “Ready to Start,” from their Grammy-award winning album The Suburbs. The husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Regine Chassagne both took the lead on “Keep the Car Running,” while “Haiti” featured Regine’s infectious vocal melodies.

In between songs, Win Butler talked about having the honor of joining legendary R&B and soul singer Mavis Staples on stage earlier in the day. And acting as global ambassador, he talked about the band’s partnership with the non-profit healthcare organization Partners in Health and raising awareness of the troubles in the country of Haiti, to which Regine has ties to.

Even though their last album elevated them from indie rock legends to mainstream masters, it wasn’t without flaws such as “Empty Room” and “Rococo.” But when played live, Arcade Fire injects those songs with this indescribable energy that they become nearly flawless. Another pair of oldies followed in the organ-led “Intervention” and the romantic ballad “Crown of Love.”

Win introduced the next song by sharing an anecdote about growing up in Houston, comparing it to San Francisco before sitting behind a piano and playing The Suburbs. They jumped right into their punk anthem Month of May before they got the crowd singing on “Rebellion (Lies)” and “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels).” Showing that nothing stands between performer and audience, Win jumped into the crowd for “We Used to Wait,” surrounding himself with near-orgasmic fans. Nearly the entire crowd had their brightly lit cameras out throughout Arcade Fire’s set, so it was a bit moot that Win asked them to whip out any electronic devices as a source of light for set closer “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out).”

Fans clamored their restless hearts out for an encore, to which Arcade Fire obliged as they came back with their biggest hit “Wake Up.” No matter how many times I’ve heard that song, seeing it live and hearing the opening choral harmony still sends chills up my spine because of its captivating and haunting eeriness. They ended the night with my personal favorite “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains),” which Regine’s lush singing made me, and everyone else in attendance, wanting more as the sparkling 80s-pop throwback was a perfect way to cap off the festival.

At this point in time, anything Arcade Fire does shouldn’t come as a surprise. What ever they create, it’s consistantly amazing. It’s hard to believe that an eight-person collective have the ability to take tens of thousands of people through a sonic and visual transcendent experience, but somehow they do it. In the end, they always manage to accomplish one thing: leave anything and everything in awe.

More Photos of Arcade Fire at Outside Lands Festival

12 Aug
2011

Outside Lands Festival is back for its 4th year this weekend and we’re really excited about it! Outside Lands is one of the most greenest festivals – event producer Allen Scott of Another Planet Entertainment said on a recent conference call “We compost, recycle and do trash out on site” and last year “75% of the refuse of the festival was diverted from landfills, either composting or recycling.” The festival’s Eco-Lands section will once again feature a solar-powered stage and the return of valet bike parking, the festival’s refillable water bottle program and the festival’s TRASHed recycling store that rewards festival goers who recycle with anything from Chipotle Bucks and PS3 video games to autographed band merchandise and tickets to next year’s festivals!

We all know that you’re going to catch the headliners Phish, Muse and Arcade Fire but here are the artists you NEED to see!

Click on the pages below to see our picks for the NINE PERFORMANCES YOU MUST NOT MISS!

19 Jul
2011

The Decemberists have announced the release of their exclusive iTunes Session on August 2 with pre-order available today. The 8-song set plays like an informal retrospective with new versions of songs that span The Decemberists’ entire 10 years, from their very first EP 5 Songs (“Shiny”) through their new chart-topping album The King Is Dead (“Calamity Song,” “June Hymn,” “This Is Why We Fight”). The set also includes songs from The Crane Wife (“Shankill Butchers”) and The Hazards Of Love (“The Hazards Of Love 4 (The Drowned)”), as well as covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” and Fruit Bats’ “When U Love Somebody.” The pre-order for the session launched today on the iTunes Store with “June Hymn” available instantly upon purchase.

The iTunes Session also serves as a potent reminder of the band’s strength in a live setting. Recorded live in a Los Angeles studio, singer/guitarist Colin Meloy, guitarist Chris Funk, keyboardist/accordionist Jenny Conlee, bassist Nate Query, and drummer John Moen were joined by touring band member Sara Watkins, who contributes background vocals, fiddle and guitar.

The track listing for the iTunes Session is as follows:

1. Calamity Song

2. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

3. Shankill Butchers

4. June Hymn

5. This Is Why We Fight

6. Shiny

7. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)

8. When U Love Somebody

TOUR DATES:
July 19, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, OR^
July 20, Idaho Botanical Gardens, Boise, ID^
July 21, Twilight Concert Series, Salt Lake City, UT^
July 22, Big Sky Brewery, Missoula, MT^
July 25, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL~
July 26, Nautica Pavilion, Cleveland, OH~
July 27, Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen, MI~
July 29, Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ~
July 30, Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI
July 31, Mountain Park, Holyoke, MA+
August 1, Artpark, Lewiston, NY~
August 3, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA~
August 4, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music, Cincinnati, OH~
August 5, The Lawn @ White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN~
August 6, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN-
August 8, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX-
August 9, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TX
August 11, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ=
August 12, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA*
August 13, Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA
August 22, Marymoor Amphitheater, Redmond, WA#
August 23, Malkin Bowl, Vancouver, BC#
August 25, McMenamins Edgefield Winery, Troutdale, OR%
August 26, McMenamins Edgefield Winery, Troutdale, OR@

^ with Typhoon
~ with The Head and the Heart
- with Caitlin Rose
+ with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
= with Sara Watkins
* with Wye Oak
# with Okkervil River & Fruit Bats
% with Okkervil River & Point Juncture, WA
@ with Okkervil River & AgesandAges

18 Apr
2011

The Decemberists have announced an additional leg of Summer tour dates for July and August. Launching from their home state of Oregon on July 19, the run of dates will lead them across the Midwest on their way to their headlining performance on the opening night of the Newport Folk Festival, and bring them back to the West coast for shows at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (August 12) and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco (August 13). It also includes return visits to both Chicago and Austin due to overwhelming demand. A limited presale of select dates is now underway here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning April 22. See below for a full list of tour dates or visit The Decemberists’ website.

The band has also released the video for “This Is Why We Fight,” a cinematic tour-de-force by acclaimed director Aaron Stewart. “This Is Why We Fight” has garnered the band their first Top 20 single at Modern Rock and is just impacting AAA. It is the second single from the band’s new album The King Is Dead (Capitol Records), which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 after its January 18 release. The album also produced the band’s career-first #1 radio hit with the lead single “Down By The Water,” which reached the top spot on the Mediabase AAA radio chart.

TOUR DATES:
April 18, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA+
April 19, Overture Hall, Madison, WI+
April 21, Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA+
April 22, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
April 23, The LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH+
April 25, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI+
April 26, Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville, KY+
April 27, The Pageant, St. Louis, MO+
April 29, House of Blues, Dallas, TX=
April 30, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX=
May 1, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
May 2, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta, GA+
May 29, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend, OR*
May 30, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Quincy, WA
June 10, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
June 11, Raleigh Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC#
June 13, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD#
June 14, Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, NY#
June 15, Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA#
June 18, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO
July 19, Britt Pavilion, Jacksonville, OR^ (on-sale date TBD)
July 20, Idaho Botanical Gardens, Boise, ID^
July 22, Big Sky Brewery, Missoula, MT^
July 25, Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL~
July 26, Nautica Pavilion, Cleveland, OH~
July 27, Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen, MI~
July 29, Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ
July 30, Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI
July 31, Mountain Park, Holyoke, MA
August 1, Artpark, Lewiston, NY~
August 3, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Charlottesville, VA~
August 4, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music, Cincinnati, OH~
August 5, The Lawn @ White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN~
August 8, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX-
August 11, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ
August 12, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (on-sale date TBD)
August 13, Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, San Francisco, CA

+ with Justin Townes Earle
= with Other Lives
- with Caitlin Rose
* with Rodrigo Y Gabriela
# with Best Coast
^ with Typhoon
~ with The Head and the Heart

14 Apr
2011

Holy crap, when did the Decemberists start making serious music videos? Watch their new video “This Is Why We Fight” (great song btw) as a bunch of young kids try to survive the end of days. It’s kind of like Lord of the Flies but this doesn’t seem to be in the jungle or on an island.

“This Is Why We Fight” is off of the Decemberists album The King Is Dead out now on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

06 Apr
2011

The Decemberists performed “This Is Why We Fight” and “Calamity Song” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Watch both videos (second one is really short btw) and pick up their album The King Is Dead on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD