5 Best Live Acts: The Decemberists

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As I write these words electronically, as you read them plainly - character by character, the fact remains that the number one album in the land belongs to The Decemberists. The Portland, OR band of storytellers led by Colin Meloy now occupies the hearts of millions - and the top spot on the record charts.... The King is Dead (EMI's Capitol Records) was released on Jan 18th and has already earned the top spot this year.

How did this indie rock band from Portland make this happen?! Just a few short years (more like 6 years) since I became familiar with their songs, The Decemberists have released three consecutive masterpieces. And most critically, as one of the pivotal American bands - they may help decide the direction of contemporary music.

And after several years of immersing myself quite literally in music from all around the world, it is this band that often springs to mind as a perennial favorite. But that's not what we are collecting here today; today we write about live experiences. It speaks to the fact that the band excels at all aspects of their game. And eventually, songcraft, subtlety and tone often win out. This is most importantly a group of storytellers who can still play the extremes. The Decemberists forced fans to raise a fists in loyal delirium (SxSW 2009 - Listen/Download) and they have made us weep. (Newport Folk 2009. Listen/Download.) And all this from a few players and just a couple of instruments on a stage....

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Colin Meloy at Newport Folk 50 in 2009

January 26, Beacon Theatre, New York, NY* SOLD OUT
January 28, House of Blues, Boston, MA* SOLD OUT
January 29, House of Blues, Boston, MA* SOLD OUT
January 31, Olympia De Montreal, Montreal, Canada*
February 1, Sound Academy, Toronto, Canada*
February 2, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI*
February 4, Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL* SOLD OUT
February 5, Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI# SOLD OUT
February 6, State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN# SOLD OUT
February 7, Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO#
February 9, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO#
February 10, Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO# SOLD OUT
February 12, The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA# SOLD OUT
February 13, House of Blues-San Diego, San Diego, CA# SOLD OUT
February 14, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA# SOLD OUT
February 18, Paramount Ballroom, Seattle, WA#
February 19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR# SOLD OUT
March 4, Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
March 5, ABC, Glasgow, UK
March 7, Birmingham Institute, Birmingham, UK
March 8, Bristol Academy, Bristol, UK
March 10, Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
March 11, Leeds Academy, Leeds, UK
March 12, De la Warr Pavillion, Bexhill, UK
March 13, Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
March 14, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 16, Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK

* with Wye Oak
# with Mountain Man

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