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The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Having shared "Make You Better" and "Lake Song" from their new album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, The Decemberists have now put out a third new single, "The Wrong year." Check out the lyric video below.

The album will be out January 20 via Capitol, and they'll be on tour with Alvvays soon too.

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The Decemberists already put out "Make You Better" from their upcoming album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (due 1/20 via Capitol), and now they've released a second single, "Lake Song." Check it out below, via its lyric video which also includes in-studio footage of the band.

They'll be on "Conan" Wednesday night (12/3) to play "Make You Better." They've also got an upcoming tour with Alvvays (who have been getting some love in the year-end list department).

Video below...

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You may have already heard The Decemberists' new single, "Make You Better" from their new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, but you can now check out the video. It stars their old Parks & Rec buddy Nick Offerman as host of a '70s German TV show called The Old Blue Rock Palace Show which is clearly a blend of The Old Grey Whistle Test and Rockpalast. After a brief and awkward interview with Colin Meloy, The Decemberists take the stage as a romantic drama featuring Offerman plays out behind the scenes. Funny and a little sweet, it was directed by Bill Fishman, who some of you may remember as making the 1988 cult classic Tapeheads. Watch it below.

The Decemberists' tour with Alvvays hits NYC on April 6 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets are still available but "not many left" according to Ticketmaster.

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As discussed, The Decemberists are returning in 2015 with a new album and tour with Alvvays. Tickets for the NYC show, happening April 6 at Beacon Theatre, are now on AmEx, Chase and Internet presales. Use the password WHATAWORLD for the internet presale.

Alvvays at Seaport Music Fest 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Toronto pop charmers Alvvays are still in the midst of their North American tour with fellow Canadians Absolutely Free (which hit NYC a couple weeks back). They'll have a couple months off before loading up the van again, this time to open for The Decemberists on their 2015 tour, including the NYC stop at Beacon Theatre on April 6. Tickets to that show just went on Decemberists fan club presale (but look to have sold out of those already) and there will be an AmEx, Chase and local presale on Thursday (11/20) at noon and the public on-sale begins at 11 AM on Friday (11/21).

All Alvvays tour dates are listed below...

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The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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As discussed, The Decemberists are releasing their new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World on January 20 via Capitol, and now they've announced a tour in support of it. The tour brings them to NYC on April 6 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (11/21) at 11 AM local time with a fan presale beginning Wednesday (11/19) at 10 AM local time. There's also AmEx and Chase presales for the NYC show starting Thursday (11/20) at noon.

The album's lead single "Make You Better" will also be out on Record Store Day Black Friday. Stream that, with the list of tour dates, below...

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This past Friday, The Decemberists put out a trailer for their new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (due 1/20 via Capitol) that featured a clip of the song "Make You Better" and they mentioned there was more to come on Monday. Here we are on Monday and the band has released "Make You Better" via a kaleidoscopic visualizer. Listen/watch below.

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Last week, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy announced the band's new album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World while busking some of its songs in Williamsburg. You can now hear a clip of the studio version of one of those, "Make Me Better," in the new trailer for the album, which also confirms that it will be out on January 20 via Capitol. More to come on Monday, the band says. Stay tuned.

Watch the trailer below...

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Colin busking in Williamsburg on Friday (via @blackbrancher)
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This past Friday (10/24), Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy busked in Williamsburg at Bedford and N. 7th, and used the opportunity to announce the band's new album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World. Colin played in front of a mural of the album artwork and performed new songs "Make Me Better" and "Lake Song," as well as older Decemberists songs and covers of Jackson C. Frank and Morrissey.

Videos below...

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The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Earlier this year, The Decemberists played their first shows since 2011, and now they have new music on the way... which you can preview in like 20 minutes from now. Frontman Colin Meloy tweeted that he'll be busking in Williamsburg at Bedford and N 7th at 11:30 AM and will be playing new Decemberists songs. "I'll be the bearded and bespectacled guy," he adds.

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As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.

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Black Prairie

Black Prairie, aka 4/5 of The Decemberists plus singer Annalisa Tornfelt and guitarist Jon Neufeld, put out a new album, Fortune, earlier this year via Sugar Hill. The album sees them taking a brighter, more song-oriented approach with Annalisa's vocals in the forefront. You can stream it in full (via AV Club) and watch the video for single "Let It Out," below.

Black Prairie have now announced a tour in support of the new album which hits NYC on September 11 at Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the video and album stream, below...

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Breaking the fourth wall: Bob & Colin
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Bob Mould's new album Beauty & Ruin is out today and you can stream the whole thing (and buy it) over at Merge. Current single "I Don't Know You Anymore" just got a very enjoyable video, directed by Alicia J. Rose (of Miss Murgatroid) which has The Decemberists' Colin Meloy schooling Bob on Social Media Marketing (including his band's new app Morph, which promises to "change the way thinking people think about thinking...about ordering kale-infused donuts at 2 AM"). You can watch that -- there are a few other cameos too -- below.

Bob, who we knew was playing Denver and Toronto Riot Fests and other festivals, also just announced a late summer/early fall tour which includes three NYC shows: Bowery Ballroom on September 10 & 11 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 13. Tickets for the NYC shows are on sale Friday (6/6) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/4) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the "I Don't Know You Anymore" video, below...

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The Decemberists on 'Parks & Rec'
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The 6th season finale of Parks and Recreation aired last night, and as was announced, the episode featured appearances from The Decemberists, Ginuwine, Letters to Cleo, Yo La Tengo and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

The musicians were on the show to play the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert. The Decemberists, Ginuwine, and Letters to Cleo performed as themselves, while Yo La Tengo were performing as fictional band Bobby Knight Ranger, and Jeff Tweedy (as we learned in the last episode) was fronting a reunion set from fictional band Land Ho!. Without giving away too many spoilers, there were some surprise Pawnee locals performing too.

Watch the full episode below (concert starts at 22:28)...

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Ron Swanson & Colin Meloy (via Nick Offerman Twitter)
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The season 6 finale of Parks and Recreation airs on April 24, and executive producer Michael Schur has told The A.V. Club that the episode will have some pretty big name musical guests. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Ginuwine and Letters to Cleo will all appear, but not all of them will play themselves. Jeff Tweedy will be playing the former lead singer of a band called Land Ho!, and Yo La Tengo will play Bobby Knight Ranger, a Night Ranger cover band. You may remember that Ginuwine is "Donna's cousin," and Ben Wyatt is a pretty big Letters to Cleo fan.

Watch the clip of Tom learning Ginuwine is Donna's cousin below...

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The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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When the Boston Calling lineup was announced, there was still one more band TBA for day 2 (Saturday, May 24). It's now been revealed that said band is The Decemberists, who haven't played a show since 2011 (but whose members have remained active). They'll be joined on the second day of the fest by Death Cab for Cutie, Jenny Lewis, Warpaint and more. Other bands playing the fest include Modest Mouse, Brand New, Kurt Vile, Built to Spill, Phosphorescent, Cass McCombs and more. Tickets, including single day tickets and 3-day pass options, are still available.

The only other live appearances The Decemberists have scheduled at the moment are two "V for Victory" benefit concerts for Victory Academy in their hometown of Portland on May 29 & 30. At those shows, they'll be performing their debut album, Castaways and Cutouts, in its entirety. 5/30 is sold out but you can still get tickets to the 5/29 show.

Decemberists/Boston Calling flyer and a video below...

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Wesley Stace

Wesley Stace (who used to go by his stage name John Wesley Harding, but is now using his real name) is set to release a new album, Self-Titled, on September 7 via Yep Rec Records. Two of the songs on the album -- "Stare at the Sun" and "When I Knew" -- were co-written by Wesley for Eleanor Friedberger's Personal Record, and they appear here in alternate versions. You can stream those versions, along with the album tracklist, below.

Wesley will also be taking his Cabinet of Wonders variety show on tour this year. The tour begins in NYC on September 13 at City Winery for a show that includes Decemberists side project Black Prairie, Janeane Garofalo, Keren Ann, Jim Lauderdale, Jon Mooallem, and Jon Ronson. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The tour also hits City Winery again on October 18 and November 22. Ticket info and the full list of performers are forthcoming for those two. You can check City Winery's site for updates.

All tour dates are listed, along with the song streams and tracklist, below...

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still from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
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Inside Llewyn Davis is the new Coen Brothers film starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake, which has been on the festival circuit this year (including this fall's New York Film Festival) and will open in December. The music in the film was executively produced by T-Bone Burnett, and mostly consists of covers of old folk songs. The soundtrack will be released on November 12 via Nonesuch.

The film's music will be celebrated and performed in NYC on September 29 at Town Hall during a big concert that features Jack White, Patti Smith, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and more, in addition to some of the film's cast, including Oscar Isaac, John Goodman, Carey Mulligan, and Stark Sands.

Tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday (8/21) at noon with a presale beginning Tuesday (8/20) at noon. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation.

Concert flyer and film trailer, below...

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Colin w/ The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy was just in Rhode Island to play Newport Folk Festival (where he was joined by Black Prairie, aka the rest of the Decemberists), which was one of a few solo sets he had scheduled for summer festivals this year. He's now announced that in addition to those festival appearances, he'll be doing some solo club dates as well, including one in NYC on November 1 at Town Hall. TIckets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at noon. The dates are all on (or near) the east coast, but Colin says west coast dates are on the way.

When we last spoke, we posted a 15 second video of Colin and Black Prairie playing "Down by the Water" at Newport. High quality video of the full song has since surfaced. Check it out, along with a list of all tour dates, below.

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Chris Funk vs Jim James staring contest (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
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The Newport Folk Festival went down in Rhode Island over the weekend with sets from Beck, Father John Misty (who also played Terminal 5), Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (who plays NYC tonight), Phosphorescent, Feist, Cold Specks, and more. Like we guessed they would, Black Prairie (aka most of the Decemberists except Colin Meloy) joined Colin during his solo set, turning part of the show into a full Decemberists gig. Check out an instagram video of Colin and Black Prairie playing "Down by the Water" at Newport Folk Fest, along with longer videos from each of their respective sets, below.

In other Newport Folk Fest news, Decemberists/Black Prairie member Chris Funk involved himself in a 25 minute staring contest with My Morning Jacket's Jim James, as you can see above. Chris Funk and Annalisa Tornfelt also sat in with Beck (who played an intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge before Newport).

Before Black Prairie return home, they'll stop in NYC tonight (7/29) to play City Winery with Michael Hurley.

Videos and more tour dates below..

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Portland singer-songwriter Laura Veirs is set to release her ninth album, Warp and Weft, on August 20 via her own Raven Marching Band label. The record features guest appearances from Jim James, k.d. lang, Neko Case, Brian Blade and members of old pals The Decemberists and more. You can stream the first released track from it, "Sun Song," over at NPR.

Not too long after the album's release, Laura will head out on tour, including a stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on September 19. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (5/31) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

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The Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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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).

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Chris Funk of Black Prairie/Decemberists in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Decemberists side project Black Prairie released their new album, A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart, this past September and went on a tour which brought them to NYC earlier this month for a show at Mercury Lounge (11/10). They'll be touring again in January and will return to NYC on January 16 at Union Hall with John Wesley Harding. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Chris Funk of Black Prairie/Decemberists was one of the producers for the new Holidays Rule compilation, which features Black Prairie teaming up with Sallie Ford for a cover of the old holiday chesnut, "Man with the Bag." That compilation and the new Black Prairie album are on sale for 20% off at the Black Prairie webstore for the holidays. You can listen to a sample of Black Prairie and Sallie Ford's cover of "Man with the Bag" below.

Speaking of John Wesley Harding, he's got other upcoming shows, including the previously mentioned Cabinet of Wonders show in NYC at City Winery on December 16. John has since revealed more guests for that show, and the lineup now includes Fountains of Wayne, Josha Ferris, Colum McCann, Eugene Mirman, John Oliver, Ron Sexsmith, The Silver Ages, and David Wax Museum (who also play Mercury Lounge this week). It's far from the only place to catch Eugene Mirman in NYC this month and next. Tickets for the Cabinet of Wonders show are on sale now.

Lists of dates and song stream below.

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Mastodon fans (more by Greg Cristman)
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Bon Iver was nominated for four high profile Grammys (though not "Album of the Year" which is what Arcade Fire won). Adele & Katy Perry nominated for a zillion, and other nominees include The Black Keys, Foster the Peepee, Cee Lo, Duck Sauce, Robyn, Cut Copy, Skrillex, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Radiohead, Mumford & Son, Mastodon, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Fleet Foxes, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Weird Al, Danger Mouse, Memory Tapes, TV On the Radio, A Tribe Called Quest, etc...

photos by Tim Griffin

"The Decemberists were perfect. So great to have Jenny Conlee back on stage.. bald and beautiful from fighting cancer. One of her first shows" - CrystalAnne

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After taking some time off to fight cancer (she missed Bonnaroo, Newport and Prospect Park), a brave and beautiful Jenny Conlee returned to the stage at Stubb's last night, joining the Decemberists once again as they headlined the large Austin venue with Caitlin Rose as support. A set of pictures from the show, Decemberists setlist included, continues below..

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