The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
It's been a while since we've heard from The Decemberists, but the band's members are still finding ways to keep busy. Their side project, Black Prairie, whose lineup now includes four of the five Decemberists members (Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee, and John Moen -- aka everyone except Colin Meloy), released a new album this year which is a "soundtrack" for New York Times magazine writer Jon Mooallem's book, Wild Ones. You can stream that album in its entirety below, and read what Jon Mooallem had to say about it at Slate.
Black Prairie are also going on a tour which includes previously discussed stops at Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival. The tour hits NYC for a show with Michael Hurley at City Winery on July 29, the day after they play Newport Folk Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Colin Meloy plays Newport Folk Fest too, so if he and his bandmates don't team up for at least one Decemberists song, that's just cruel and unusual. It's one of three solo shows Colin has scheduled (all festivals, none in NYC). All upcoming Black Prairie and Colin Meloy dates are listed below.
Finally, as mentioned, John Moen is releasing a new solo album, Revise Your Maps, on June 25 via Jealous Butcher Records. We already posted the song "Ramble Scramble" from that album, and John just released the album's title track, which you can stream below (via Billboard).
Black Prairie - Wild Ones
John Moen - "Revise Your Maps"
Black Prairie -- 2013 Tour Dates
Jun 10 The Triple Door Seattle, WA *
Jun 11 Powell's City of Books Portland, OR *
Jun 12 WILD ONES LIVE San Francisco, CA *
Jun 16 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Jul 14 Oregon Country Fair Veneta, OR
Jul 19 String Summit Festival North Plains, OR
Jul 21 Vancouver Folk Music Festival Vancouver, Canada
Jul 28 Newport Folk Fest Newport, RI
Jul 29 City Winery New York, NY w/ Michael Hurley
Aug 17 Philadelphia Folk Fest Philadelphia, PA
Aug 18 The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Com Harrisburg, PA
Oct 19 "Portland's Indie" with the Oregon Symphony Portland, OR
* - w/ Jon Mooallem
Colin Meloy -- 2013 Tour Dates
Jul 11 Winnipeg Folk Festival Winnipeg, CA
Jul 27 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI
Aug 18 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Lyons, CO