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CHRISTMAS IN MAY: The Decemberists reappear behind a long-awaited new album.
Sunday May 12, 2024 08:00 PM EDT
Cost: $49.50/$57
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CRITIC’S PICK: It’s been close to a quarter century since introspective folk/rockers The Decemberists, led by Colin Meloy, first appeared, and it has been a bouncy ride for them along the way. They finally hit crossover territory with The King is Dead (2010) which briefly climbed to the top of the Billboard album charts. But since 2018, there has been no new music, and the band seemed to disappear…until now. They return with a new album, their ninth, due in June, As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again which should refresh fans’ memories as to how talented they are (check out the sprawling advance 19-minute track, “Joan in the Garden”) and how much The Lumineers borrowed from their style.  — Hal Horowitz
$49.50-$57+. 8:00 p.m. The Eastern, 777 Memorial Dr. SE., Atlanta, 30316. easternatl.com 

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For over 20 years, The Decemberists have been one of the most original, daring, and thrilling American rock bands. Founded in the year 2000, The Decemberists’ distinctive brand of hyper-literate folk-rock set them apart from the start with the release of their debut EP 5 Songs in 2001. Since then, the band has released nine full-length albums that are unbound by genre and highly ambitious, ranging from Americana-leaning storytelling epics to elements of 70’s prog and hard rock. Now the enduring indie band is back with their first new music in six years, “Burial Ground.” Already a fan-favorite after being debuted live last year, their latest single takes the overt fatalism of 2018’s I’ll Be Your Girl and infuses it with the jangle-pop of The Dentists and dreamy harmonies of The Beach Boys (performed with an assist from The Shins’ James Mercer). “‘Burial Ground’ is in that time-honored popsong tradition, a paean to hanging out in graveyards,” says songwriter Colin Meloy. “The melody hook came to me in a dream and I hummed it into my phone on waking. Most dream-songs are bad; this was the exception.” The Decemberists will be on tour this year, with more new music to come.
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