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Monday, December 19 2011

The Best Americana of 2011

If you ask a critic or music fan to define Americana, be prepared for an avalanche of diverse responses of opinion. Still, there remain some constant benchmarks, such as pedal steel, fiddle, acoustic guitars -- and good songwriting.


Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best 60 Albums of 2009

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2009, highlighted by a bevy of American indie rock juggernauts, the return of a hip-hop master, and a couple of the finest voices on the planet.


Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best Singles of 2009

PopMatters kicks off our annual two-week-long best music of the year feature with the 50 best singles of 2009, highlighted by a trio of American indie rock headliners.


Monday, March 24 2008

"You Can Only Sweat or Spit or Kick So Many People": An Interview with Colin Meloy

The Decemberist explains the virtues of cover songs, the senselessness of going solo, and that he's saving the crazy stuff for later.


Saturday, December 23 2006

Best Albums of 2006

At long last, the annual rite of passage, the "best of" list... Here's PopMatters picks for the best 60 records of 2006.


Reviews

Sunday, March 11 2012

The Decemberists: We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11)

We All Raise Our Voices to the Air is a sterling live document of a band at the peak of their powers showcasing just how good they really are.


Wednesday, November 16 2011

The Decemberists: Long Live the King

A solid and interesting, but ultimately inessential bookend that collects the odds and ends from the band's recording sessions for The King Is Dead.


Wednesday, August 24 2011

The Decemberists: iTunes Session EP

The iTunes Session EP, with its almost exact recreation of album cuts, all but makes more real and palatable a possible lack of creativity with the band.


Tuesday, July 26 2011

Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 16 - 19 June 2011 (Saturday)

Four days of sun, banjos, snow, Mumfords, fiddles, and rock gods at 10,000 feet where, by Saturday, things get challenging.


Sunday, January 16 2011

The Decemberists: The King Is Dead

The Decemberists right themselves after veering off course with the leaden The Hazards of Love, creating an album more consistently pleasing than anything they've done in years.


Blogs

Friday, September 9 2011

Decemberists’ Colin Meloy Tunes into Book World with ‘Wildwood’

“The Decemberists will be pretty quiet for a bit,” said Colin Meloy, adding that it will be a few years before fans see another record. In the meantime, Meloy plans to give this series of at least three books, which begins with Wildwood, his full attention.


Monday, November 8 2010

The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (new album / MP3)

The Decemberists have just released information on their follow-up to 2009's excellent The Hazards of Love. Their new album, The King Is Dead is set


News

Monday, October 12 2009

The Decemberists' latest inspiration: a single album-length song

Almost by definition, pop music is viewed as an easily digestible commodity. It commands that you stick to a familiar and accessible theme, conjure an


Tuesday, October 6 2009

The Decemberists' latest inspiration: a single album-length song

Almost by definition, pop music is viewed as an easily digestible commodity. It commands that you stick to a familiar and accessible theme, conjure an


Wednesday, July 18 2007

The Decemberists string along with local orchestras

Audience size matters - even to indie-pop performers. Listen to Decemberists' bassist Nate Query talk about the band's reaction when Hollywood Bowl officials suggested earlier


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