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2014

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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,...

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'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...

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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...

2013

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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....

2012

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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...

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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...

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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"...

2011

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...

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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...

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iTunes Session (EP)

August 2, 2011

With their abstruse allusions and just-so arrangements, the Decemberists' albums often sound like they've been rehearsed and researched down to the last grace note. That's no knock — in fact, it's key to their appeal. But it's a pleasure to hear...

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The Decemberists on Reaching Number One

June 11, 2011

In this interview with the Decemberists from Bonnaroo, Colin Meloy and Chris Funk talk about Neil Young's influence on their recent record The King is Dead, which was recorded in a barn. "It was more of a vibe thing," says Meloy. "When you say 'let's...

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The Decemberists and Dr. John Highlight New and Old at JazzFest

May 2, 2011

"That was too dark for Jazz Fest," Colin Meloy proclaimed after singing "The Rake's Song" Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Perhaps a tale of infanticide would have been too grim if performed by Arlo Guthrie or John Mellencamp,...

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Video: The Decemberists Wander Through a Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland in 'This Is Why We Fight'

April 14, 2011

At first the Decemberists' video for "This Is Why We Fight" (from their January release The King is Dead) appears to be set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where the adults have vanished and the only food comes in dented cans....

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Digest: Roxette Plays First U.K. Show; Snoop Duos With Charlie Sheen

March 30, 2011

Roxette Announce First U.K. Show in 17 YearsThe Swedish pop band Roxette have announced that they will be playing their first U.K. concert in 17 years at London's Wembley Arena on November 15th as part of a 2011 world tour. The band had been sidelined...

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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...

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Decemberists Frontman Unveils First Children's Book

July 22, 2011

The Decemberists' Colin Meloy will bring his knack for imaginative, dramatic storytelling to the printed page when his first children's book, Wildwood, hits stores on August 30th. The book, which is written by Meloy and illustrated by his wife Carson...

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The Decemberists on Neil Young and Reaching Number One

June 11, 2011

In this interview with the Decemberists from Bonnaroo, Colin Meloy and Chris Funk talk about Neil Young's influence on their recent record The King is Dead, which was recorded in a barn. "It was more of a vibe thing," says Meloy. "When you say 'let's...

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The Decemberists The post-apocalyptic clip for 'This Is Why We Fight'

April 14, 2011

At first the Decemberists' video for "This Is Why We Fight" (from their January release The King is Dead) appears to be set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where the adults have vanished and the only food comes in dented cans. But the video's...

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The Decemberists Play 'This Is Why We Fight' Outdoors on 'Kimmel'

April 6, 2011

The Decemberists made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live's outdoor stage in Los Angeles yesterday. The band played a handful of songs, but this rendition of "This Is Why We Fight" from their new album The King Is Dead is was particularly...

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