Willie Nelson, the Decemberists Headline Pilgrimage Festival

April 21, 2015

Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Will Hoge and newcomer Rainey Qualley are among the country-flavored artists set for the inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, held this fall in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. But the music...

Live Review

Don't Call It a Comeback: The Decemberists Return to NYC

April 8, 2015

Singer-guitarist-songwriter Colin Meloy of the Decemberists opened his band's first New York show in four years, at the Beacon Theater on April 6th, the same way the group re-entered the rock & roll labor force on its new album, What a Terrible World,...


Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar Head to Sasquatch

February 4, 2015

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Modest Mouse and Kendrick Lamar will headline the 2015 Sasquatch! Festival, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend (May 22nd through 25th) at the legendary Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Washington....

Album Review

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

January 20, 2015

"O Philomena," sings Colin Meloy on his band's return after a four-year hiatus – because Jills and Judys clearly don't excite his quill like the polysyllabic hottie he implores to "open up your linen lap and let me go down." With sultry ooh-wahs...


Watch the Decemberists Set Stupid YouTube Comments to Music

January 23, 2015

If you've ever spent time scrolling through a YouTube comments section, you know that even a seemingly innocuous viral video can inspire angry and idiotic rants. But now, thanks to the Decemberists, Internet stupidity sounds a lot sweeter. The band dropped...


Black Keys, Drake, Bjork to Headline 2015 Governors Ball

January 7, 2015

Drake, The Black Keys, Bjork, Lana Del Rey and Deadmau5 will headline the fifth annual Governors Ball at New York's Randall's Island June 5th through 7th. The popular festival will also feature performances by Florence and the Machine, My Morning...


Song Review

Lake Song

December 23, 2014

Alas, poor Colin Meloy. Cursed with a photographic memory, post-collegiate vocabulary and melancholy disposition, he must relive his life's every insecurity in Dickensian six-minute indie-folk ballads. His latest single with the Decemberists finds the...


The Decemberists Detail Personal and Emotional New LP

November 3, 2014

A few months after the Decemberists performed their first headlining concert in three years, the Portland, Oregon group have readied the release of its first record in four years. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, which the band's frequent...


'Parks and Rec' Recruit Yo La Tengo for Night Ranger Cover Band

March 28, 2014

Parks and Recreation have added an indie-rock heavyweight to their upcoming, concert-themed season finale episode. Yo La Tengo will appear as the awesomely named Night Ranger cover band Bobby Knight Ranger, playing the band's iconic Eighties power ballad...


YA Books, RPG and New Decemberists: Colin Meloy Speaks Out

December 19, 2014

Nobody expected the Decemberists, the theatrically-minded indie-folk band from Portland, Oregon, to ever hit Number One on the Billboard album chart. So what did they do after their sixth LP, 2011's The King Is Dead, made it all the way to the top? They...


Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo Jam on 'Parks and Rec'

April 25, 2014

Parks and Recreation concluded its sixth season Thursday night with an epic musical extravaganza. The episode, which focused on the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert, featured performances from a handful of alt-rock icons (Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy,...


Decemberists to Play First Headlining Concert in 3 Years

March 5, 2014

The Decemberists haven't played a headlining concert since August 2011, but they're shaking off the rust in support of a great cause: On Friday, May 30th, the eclectic folk-rock band will present "V Is For Victory," a benefit concert raising funds for...



Colin Meloy on the Future of the Decemberists

November 1, 2013

Colin Meloy embarks on a solo tour Friday in New York City, and though the jaunt is anchored to his new EP of covers, Colin Meloy Sings the Kinks, fans can expect to hear deep cuts from the Decemberists' catalog along with never-before-heard material....



The Decemberists Make 'Simpsons' Cameo

December 10, 2012

In last night's episode of The Simpsons, Springfield is taken over by, well, those more hip than Bart's family. Homer befriends a couple from Portland, played by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein channeling their Portlandia show, and soon, Springfield...


The Decemberists to Release Career-Spanning Live Album

January 12, 2012

The Decemberists have announced plans to release We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11), their first full-length concert album, on March 13th. The set, which will include songs spanning their entire catalog, was recorded at 12 different...


New Reviews: The Decemberists Strip Down on Live Album

March 13, 2012

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Jon Dolan ponders how the Decemberists' new double live album, which features a 16-minute folk- rock opus, a yodeling drummer and nautical themed audience participation, is somehow relatively "stripped-down"...


Album Review

Long Live The King

November 1, 2011

On this six track EP, the Decemberists stick to the sound that made this year's The King Is Dead so tasty, leaning into rustic Americana like they're settling into an old chair. They recast the Grateful Dead's "Row Jimmy" as bourbon-bleary blues, and...


Decemberists to Release Outtakes EP

October 3, 2011

The Decemberists will follow up their Number One hit album The King is Dead with a new EP of b-sides and outtakes titled Long Live the King. The set, due out on November 1st, will include a cover of the Grateful Dead's "Row Jimmy" and "E. Watson," a number...


Exclusive Stream: Decemberists' Spooky 'Burying Davy'

October 26, 2011

The Decemberists began 2011 with the release of The King Is Dead, their first Number One album. As the year winds down, the band are about to release Long Live the King, a collection of outtakes from the sessions that yielded the album, along with a cover...