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Concerts

Colin Meloy of The Decemberists performs at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.

July 30, 2011 Hear The Decemberists' members reach back into their rich catalog live at Newport.

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Colin Meloy of The Decemberists performs at Sasquatch Music Festival 2011.

May 31, 2011 The band mixed old favorites with tunes from this year's The King Is Dead on Memorial Day 2011.

The Decemberists kick off their nation-wide tour with a show in their hometown of Portland, Ore., on Jan. 19.

January 19, 2011 Watch Colin Meloy and his band perform their new material in a live setting for the first time.

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The Decemberists warming up at OPB

January 19, 2011 Watch The Decemberists perform most of the band's new album, live at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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August 1, 2009 Colin Meloy and his crew led the Newport crowd in a sing-along of "Sons and Daughters."

The Decemberists 300 live

March 18, 2009 The erudite, sweepingly melodic band premieres the entirety of its new song cycle live in concert.

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November 7, 2008 Hear the band in a full concert, recorded live from WXPN and the Electric Factory in Philadelphia.

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October 31, 2006 Hear the Portland, Ore. literary rockers recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

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March 1, 2006 The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy and singer-songwriter Laura Veirs perform solo acoustic work.

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May 7, 2005 Hear The Decemberists in concert from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

Studio Sessions

The Decemberists' members perform songs from The King Is Dead on World Cafe.

January 6, 2014 Hear the band perform songs from 2011's The King Is Dead in this Vintage Cafe session.

Colin Meloy

December 14, 2010 The singer-songwriter performs tracks from The Decemberists' upcoming album, The King Is Dead.

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April 18, 2008 Singer Colin Meloy has made an album of stripped-down Decemberists songs and other covers.

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March 28, 2007 The band's ambitious new The Crane Wife, maintains an air of weird accessibility.

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Interviews & Profiles

Siblings Colin Meloy, frontman of The Decemberists, and Maile Meloy, novelist.

June 13, 2012 Siblings Colin and Maile Meloy discuss a family trip made memorable by the music played in the car.

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January 15, 2009 The Decemberists' frontman says the group's new album is more of a "folk opera" than a "rock opera."

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October 31, 2008 The Decemberists are touring college campuses in anticipation of next week's election.

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September 3, 2008 Quinn Kiesow, 25, spent dozens of hours turning urban noises into the song "Los Angeles."

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January 29, 2007 Lead singer, songwriter, guitarist Colin Meloy is known for using "10-dollar words" in his songs.

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Discover Songs

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November 16, 2010 This week All Songs Considered features some surprising and unreleased new music.

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December 15, 2009 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his Top 10 favorite albums of 2009.

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December 7, 2009 All Songs Considered listeners pick the top 25 albums of 2009.

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November 16, 2009 Our 50 most important recordings of the decade continues, from Kelly Clarkson to Jay-Z.

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July 27, 2009 NPR listeners pick the top five songs and top five albums of the year (so far).

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March 18, 2009 The 23rd annual South by Southwest music festival gets under way in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.

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February 2, 2009 On All Songs Considered: The Decemberists, Dan Deacon, Buddy Holly, more.

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December 1, 2008 New music from The Decemberists, a classic from R.E.M., the strangely compelling Heligoats, more.

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September 3, 2008 Quinn Kiesow, 25, spent dozens of hours turning urban noises into the song "Los Angeles."

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February 13, 2008 On this edition of All Songs Considered NPR listeners share their favorite love songs.

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December 7, 2006 Count down the year's best CDs as selected by NPR listeners.

December 5, 2006 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen counts down listener picks for the 10 best CDs of 2006, wit...

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September 21, 2006 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR reviewers Robert Christgau, Meredith Ochs, T...

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December 17, 2005 Meredith Ochs picks range from the rockin' White Stripes to "outlaw" country singer Merle Haggard.

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December 16, 2005 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen takes an in-depth look at the year's best music.

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December 16, 2005 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen counts down listener picks for the 10 best CDs of 2005, wit...

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August 3, 2005 Halfway through the year and the songs are strong. Newer artists like Bright Eyes and Flotation ...

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April 20, 2005 Music from a found diary: The Mars Volta; Progressive rock classic from Gentle Giant; Stockholm ...

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March 2, 2005 New music from The Decemberists; Canada's country rocker Kathleen Edwards; Remembering the music...

April 6, 2004 Former Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn; Foreign sounds from Caetano Veloso; The true love of Toots ...

News

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September 13, 2010 From the Land of the ice and Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin features more than 50 artists.

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April 29, 2010 The Decemberists singer will write a series of books he's calling Wildwood..

Reviews

The Decemberists' new album, The King Is Dead, is out Tuesday.

January 18, 2011 Rock critic Ken Tucker describes The King Is Dead as The Decemberists' best album so far.

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March 19, 2009 The new, sprawling release from the anachronistic rockers is titled The Hazards of Love.

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February 2, 2009 On All Songs Considered: The Decemberists, Dan Deacon, Buddy Holly, more.

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December 1, 2008 New music from The Decemberists, a classic from R.E.M., the strangely compelling Heligoats, more.

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November 26, 2006 A collection of recordings offbeat enough to surprise your favorite music lover this holiday season.

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December 17, 2005 Meredith Ochs picks range from the rockin' White Stripes to "outlaw" country singer Merle Haggard.

More Stories

Middle Brother.

December 20, 2011 Fresh Air's critic looks back on a fruitful year and lists his favorite music releases of 2011.

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The storefront of Music Millennium, Portland's premier independent record store.

March 14, 2012 Hear Terry Currier discuss Portland's recent music history and play songs from local artists.

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Colin Meloy and David Dye in Portland.

March 13, 2012 David Dye speaks with the Decemberists front man Colin Meloy about Portland's thriving music scene.

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Sufjan Stevens performing at the bandshell at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 3, 2011.

December 27, 2011 Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?

The Head and the Heart.

December 16, 2011 The Head and the Heart is one of many new folk groups that bend tradition while keeping it alive.

The Songs That Scare

October 28, 2011 Forget "Monster Mash" — this Halloween, All Songs looks at music that is truly, deeply terrifying.

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A video still for a video for "The Calamity Song" by The Decemberists.

August 22, 2011 Watch The Decemberists new video for "Calamity Song" off The King is Dead.

The Wildwood Chronicles

July 25, 2011 Read Colin an excerpt from Meloy's new children's book, The Wildwood Chronicles.

The Decemberists perform a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

June 20, 2011 With Chris Funk and Sara Watkins, Colin Meloy plays three sparkling songs from The King Is Dead.

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DJ Miguel Emmanuelli scratches a record at CD Connection in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., in 2008.

April 15, 2011 Saturday brings the fourth iteration of Record Store Day, which celebrates mom-and-pop record shops.

The Decemberists, The King is Dead

January 2, 2011 The band returns with a stripped-down record featuring Gillian Welch and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck.

The Decemberists performed the entirety of 'The Hazards of Love' at SXSW.

June 4, 2009 Watch six videos from the live premiere of The Hazards of Love at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

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December 5, 2006 John Richards, morning DJ for KEXP in Seattle, shares his picks for the year's best CDs.

Dixie Chicks

January 19, 2009 Hear the songs that wrestled with the fear, uncertainty and frustration during Bush's presidency.

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