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Sunday, October 5 2014

The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 100-81

PopMatters' picks for the best albums of the 2000s begins with a series of albums that spans epic metal, ornate indie folk, and a terrifying work of electronic music.


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.


Reviews

Friday, April 10 2015

The Decemberists + Alvvays: 7 April 2015: Philadelphia

The Decemberists recreated its sonic specialties wonderfully at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on April 7.


Thursday, January 15 2015

The Decemberists: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Although this isn’t the Decemberists’ best album, it’s a breathtaking effort that maintains everything that makes them so one-of-a-kind and vital.


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.


Blogs

Monday, April 13 2015

The Decemberists + Alvvays: 6 April 2015 - Beacon Theatre, New York (Photos)

Photos of the Decemberists and Alvvays show at the Beacon Theatre in New York, along with tour dates for both bands.


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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