Decemberists Raid Their Musical Locker

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Portland indie rockers the Decemberists are getting ready to hit the road, and this time they’re bringing a little extra baggage along with them. In addition to guitars, drums, and thoughtful lyrics, frontman Colin Meloy and company are digging up their musical roots and re-learning their back catalog to play on their “A Short Fazed Hovel” Tour. 

Portland indie rockers the Decemberists are getting ready to hit the road, and this time they’re bringing a little extra baggage along with them. In addition to guitars, drums, and thoughtful lyrics, frontman Colin Meloy and company are digging up their musical roots and re-learning their back catalog to play on the “A Short Fazed Hovel” Tour.

“We’ve only played one of these songs live, and even then, it was accidental and didn’t go down very well,” Meloy tells Billboard.com. “We were just kind of goofing around.”

If you plan on catching the tour though, don’t worry-not all of the songs will be from days of Decemberists past. The band is also prepping tunes from previous albums and from their upcoming release, The Hazards of Love. Hazards, actually one continuous piece, will be played straight through at the band’s performances.

The Hazards of Love will be released March 24.

Tour Dates:
March 18: Austin, Texas (Stubb’s)
May 19: Los Angeles (Hollywood Palladium)
May 20: Oakland, Calif. (Fox Theater)
May 21: Portland, Ore. (McDonald Theatre)
May 24: Missoula, Mont. (Wilma Theatre)
May 26: Denver (Fillmore)
May 27: Kansas City, Mo. (Uptown Theatre)
May 29: Milwaukee (Riverside Theatre)
May 31: St. Louis (The Pageant)
June 1: Columbus, Oh. (Lifestyles Communities Pavilion)
June 3: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
June 4: Raleigh, N.C. (Memorial Auditorium)
June 5: Richmond, Va. (The National)
June 6: Upper Darby, Pa. (Tower Theatre)
June 9: Boston (Bank of America Pavilion)
June 10: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
June 11-14: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo)

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