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With the opening of the highly anticipated new Bowery Presents venue Brooklyn Steel, the venue has locked in an impressive lineup of shows that have put them on the map in a big way. One of the first batch of shows for the venue – which holds about 1,800 people – features three sold out performances from The Decemberists, as a part of their “The Shuffling Off to Ragnarök” tour, which included Julien Baker as the opening act. We were in attendance for night two of the run on April 18.
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1_The Decemberists_The Capitol Theatre

After catching The Decemberists at multiple festivals this year (Governors Ball and Newport Folk Festival) it was nice to catch a proper headlining show of their own. This happened on September 24, at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The group delighted with tracks from all over their now expansive catalog, including a few unexpected gems such as The Hazards Of Love cuts “The Rake’s Song” as well as “The Hazards Of Love” 1 & 4.

The always impressive Lucius opened the show, sharing some new songs that sounded amazing.

Find some (iPhone) shots of both bands posted below.
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The Decemberists at Newport Folk Festival 2015

By Will Oliver, October 22nd 2015

1_The Decemberists_Newport Folk Festival 2015

For a while now Portland folk-rock heroes The Decemberists are signed to Capitol Records and are booked for headlining slots at fests such as Newport Folk Festival. Yet, their earlier days releasing albums full of smaller-scale folk-rock treasures remain to be the image that comes to mind for me. Hence, my pleasure at catching an intimate performance from frontman Colin Meloy a few hours before The Decemberists’ set, giving the goods in a personal, stripped down form.

With that craving satisfied, this made me more welcome to the more expanded sound of their more recent material. Their set mostly contained songs from this years What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World as well as favorites from throughout their ever-expanding career. As far as big folk-rock groups go today, you’re hard pressed to find more engrained in our popular culture than The Decemberists, and I’m totally ok with that.

Find some more shots from their Newport performance posted below.
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The Decemberists at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 3rd 2015 — with 1 comment

1_The Decemberists_Governors Ball 2015

Folk-rockers The Decemberists are no longer the underdogs (like they may have been the last time I saw them play), but the sort of band who commands a strong presence at any music festival. Although they’ve certainly proved themselves, it’s still strange thinking of the group as a major label band who just released their seventh album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World back in January (via Capitol Records).

The group ran through many tracks from the new record, along with long-standing favorites such as “16 Military Wives” and “O Valencia!” Frontman and lead singer, Colin Meloy, found hilariously noted that it was their first time playing alongisde a toll both (Randall’s Island Park is right near the RFK bridge). No matter the scenery, they delighted the audience with a tight performance perfect for a summer day, even if they did play “Anti-Summersong.”

Below, find photos of their Governors Ball performance posted below, along with their setlist.
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Next week The Decemberists will release a new EP titled Long Live The King. It is composed of outtakes from The King Is Dead, the album that the band released this past January.

Right now songs from the EP are streaming on various sites. Head to Vulture to hear a track called “Foregone”, head to Rolling Stone for “Burying Davy” and finally, head to Paste for “E. Watson”. The EP also contains the bands Grateful Dead cover of “Row Jimmy” that we heard a little while back.

In more important news, the band’s very own Jenny Conlee is currently in remission against breast cancer. I want to just take a moment to congratulate Jenny. Here’s to many more years of great health!

[new] The Decemberists – January Hymn

By Will Oliver, December 16th 2010 — with 2 comments

The Decemberists have released another single from the upcoming new album, The King Is Dead. The follow up to “Down By The Water” is “January Hymn”, a worthy cut from the band.

“January Hymn” is pleasant on the ears, and the mind. The Decemberists don’t try to do too much. They let the music speak for itself. Colin Meloy’s memorable vocals sound like they are guiding you on a peaceful walk with your loved one. Simply put, it’s beautiful. Stream it below:

The Decemberists – January Hymn by weallwantsome1

The band oddly covered the Grateful Dead’s “Jimmy Row” for the single’s b-side. Stream that below:

The Decemberists – Row Jimmy (Grateful Dead cover) by jp917

The King Is Dead is out January 18th, via Capitol Records.

Check out the 2nd album trailer that the band released, after the jump:

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