Decemberists @ Newport Folk Festival 8/1 (more by Jim Brueckner)

"The Decemberists have gotten muscular lately, too. The onetime bookish Smiths acolytes have lately discovered the wonders of prog. On [the first day of Lollapalooza 2009] they performed their concept record The Hazards of Love in order, frontman Colin Meloy decked out in a suit and suspenders and co-vocalist Becky Stark -- playing the role of Margaret -- donning a wedding dress. Their set felt more like a theater piece than a concert, each number composed of varying movements. Their compositions bore traces of familiar folk tropes, but time and time again the group upended them. And isn't that the spirit of Lollapalooza? It's like pop music, only different." [Rolling Stone]

The Decemberists' "A Short Fazed Hovel" tour, which visited Radio City in June, will continue into the fall. As part of that, the band will play a show at NJ's Wellmont Theatre on September 21st. Tickets are still on sale.

While most of the shows on the tour, Wellmont included, feature a full performance of their latest record The Hazards of Love, the band has added a "By Request" evening "special lottery show" to take place September 19th show at NYC's Terminal 5. "The evening's selist will be 'by request', as selected by Decemberists fans. Voting instructions will be sent out to ticketholders soon."

"In homage to that totally awesome scene in Dragon Slayer, we Decemberists will perform a set that will be entirely left to the hands of fate -- we will draw songs from a lottery and dutifully play them, regardless of their quality or presence in our memory. Decemberists songs, naturally, but you do never know what bizarre cover songs or strange commands may end up in the pile."

Tickets for Terminal 5 are now on presale via MusicToday and go on AmEx presale today (Aug 19th) at 11am. General sale starts Friday, August 21st at noon.

Both shows, and many others on the tour, will feature special guest Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames. All dates below...

Decemberists - 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 18 University of Maine (Collins Center) ** Orono, Maine
Sep 19 Terminal 5 ** New York, New York (by request)
Sep 20 Flynn Theatre ** Burlington, Vermont
Sep 21 Wellmont Theatre ** Montclair, New Jersey
Sep 23 Norva ** Norfolk, Virginia
Sep 24 Charlottesville Pavilion ** Charlottesville, Virginia
Sep 25 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium ** Asheville, North Carolina
Sep 26 The Classic Center ** Athens, Georgia
Sep 27 Ryman Auditorium ** Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 29 St. Augustine Amphitheatre ** St. Augustine, Florida
Sep 30 Hard Rock Live ** Orlando, Florida
Oct 02 House of Blues Houston ** Houston, Texas
Oct 03 Austin City Limits Festival Austin, Texas
Oct 04 Cain's Ballroom ** Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oct 06 University of Kentucky ** Lexington, Kentucky
Oct 07 Ninth Street Fallfest ** Columbia, Missouri
Oct 08 Riviera Theatre Chicago, Illinois
Oct 09 State Theatre Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 18 San Francisco, CA Treasure Island Music Festival
Nov 18 London, UK Forum
Nov 19 London, UK Coronet

** w/ Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames