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Friday, August 24, 2007

The Decemberists Do it Both Ways - The Long and The Short of It

Anyone slightly familiar with the Decemberists' music has probably made the comment at one time or another that the band has a penchant for both the short, talent-laden but accessible short songs but hasn't yet lost the drive to complete those long, progressive rock grinders.... They appear side-by-side on each of the albums. This juxtaposition of the band's own creativity has never been made so clear as it was recently with the commercial success of the Crane Wife album, and specifically of the track "O Valencia!" As a result, the Decemberists fans will have options this year of how to take their music....

The Decemberists' Great Experiment -
Two Tours in One: "The Long and The Short of It"


Two Shows in each City - You Have Got To Love It America!

The Decemberists were drafting out their next tour and it came to them (like a lightning bolt or a diamond bullet in the mind's eye) - we can be everything to everyone! - The Short of It and the Long of It tour concept was born. As Filter put it yesterday, do you "love The Decemberists but hate the trendy MTV fans who only come to hear O Valencia? Or how about those chin-strokers slowly tapping their feet to the proggy epics like"The Tain"? Well, The Decemberists are getting ready to split their audiences in two with a series of dual shows in each town, with a tour titled "The Long and Short of It." "Long" evenings will focus on the band's epic, progressive compositions. "Short" nights (while no shorter in set length) will highlight their more succinct, pop-leaning material.



THE DECEMBERISTS PRESENT...
THE LONG OF IT and THE SHORT OF IT


October
28 Chicago, IL - Vic Theater *
29 Chicago, IL - Vic Theater #

November
01 New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
02 New York, NY - Terminal 5 #
03 Boston, MA - Orpheum *
04 Boston, MA - Orpheum #
06 Winston-Salem, NC - Millennium Center *
07 Winston-Salem, NC - Millennium Center #
09 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
10 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
11 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
12 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
15 Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion *
16 Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion #
18 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater *
19 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater #
23 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
24 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore #
25 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
26 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore #
29 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern *
30 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern #

November
01 San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre *
02 San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre #
05 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
06 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom #
07 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
08 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre *
09 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre #

* = "Long of It"
# = "Short of It"




1 comment:

bragginbilly said...

Ha! Well there's two shows I'm going to see.