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'Inside Llewyn Davis' Gets An All-Star Concert Tribute In NYC

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In case you are wondering what the few people who weren’t watching Breaking Bad were doing on Sunday night, apparently, they were celebrating the folk music of Joel and Ethan Coen’s upcoming film, Inside Llewyn Davis, which is set in the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene/explosion.

News Roundup: L.A. Reid Leaving 'X-Factor,' Dave Grohl Won't Tour With...

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Honestly, we thought Britney Spears or Demi Lovato would announce their departure from The X-Factor before this next person. L.A. Reid is calling it quits. He's going back to his real-life job at Sony's music label, Epic Records. Also, just because Dave Grohl is drumming on the new Queens of the Stone Age record, it doesn't mean he's going on tour with them. C'mon...

Sasquatch 2011 Monday: Photo Gallery - The Decemberists, Foster the People,...

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The four days that were The Sasquatch 2011 Music Festival was a magical one for us here at Beatcrave and Memorial Day Monday was the most packed day of music we had all weekend. It seemed that every band that played was worthy of taking up every minute we had. We also got to see Beatcrave Fav, Foster the People, play the most jammed packed set of the weekend over at The Yeti stage...

Outside Lands Music Festival 2011 - Lineup and Ticket News

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Another year - another season, mind - another music festival. When it gets old, you'll be the first to know. It's hard to believe that the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is only three years young, but maybe that's why it's looking so good. The official lineup was announced today and things are ready and rearing to go this August 12-14. Stadium heavyweights Muse and Phish leading the...

The Decemberists Cover REM, We Link to the Song

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In an age where most FM radio is driven by the same kind of lowest-common-denominator corporate programming that determines what Lady Gaga song get played at the mall, it's nice to know that stations like L.A.'s KCRW still exist to champion the work of skilled artists and help listeners find some new groups they may not be familiar with. On top of that, the station has a knack for getting...

Album Review: The King Is Dead by The Decemberists

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The King Is Dead, beard rock folksters,’ The Decemberists,' newest record plays like a tribute to American and Irish classics like R.E.M., The Pogues, and Vic Chesnutt, too new to be vintage but seasoned enough to warrant a full length homage.  Assists from R.E.M. guitarist and the supernatural singer-songwriter Gillian Welch add a welcomed depth to the comparatively...

The Decemberists Returning to Folk-Rock Roots

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The Decemberists have carved their own considerable niche in the indie-rock world in recent years thanks not only to good-old-fashioned talented, but also to the fact that they have a sound like no other. They tend to play the kind of music we assume Wes Anderson would make if he decided to take up guitar instead of filmmaking. However, according to Billboard, the band has taken a step back from...

The Decemberists In Talks To Write Musical With 'American Idiot' Director

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Well, if worked for Green Day, and then U2 (Kidding! Kidding!), maybe it will work for The Decemberists too.  NME reports that the Portland indie-proggers may be the next rock band to take on Broadway by writing a musical—which kind of makes sense, in that the band’s theatrical music seems far more suited for the stage than, say, the band who wrote “American Idiot” or a U2 musical...

The Decemberists' Colin Meloy To Write "Epic" Series Of Children's Novels

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Today in “What—really? Ok, then” news, Pitchfork reported that Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy and his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis, will be releasing three children’s novels in a new publishing deal with HarperCollins.  Having already completed one children’s novel—the limited edition, small press The Unfortunate Demise of...

The Decemberists Get R.E.M.'s Peter Buck To Play On New Album

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We haven't heard from The Decemberists much since they got a ticket for busking the streets of Royal Oak, Michigan. However, that's all right with us because according to Pitchfork, they're hard at work on a new and sixth studio album. With the new album, we don't know how many guests they'll have but they have one for now. The Decemberists' Colin Meloy has gotten R.E.M.'s...

The Decemberists Music Video: The Rake's Song

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The Decemberists released their album, The Hazards of Love, way back in March but they have just released a video for "The Rake's Song." Contrary to their epic motif of a rock opera, the album's leading single boasts a video filled with clay, marionettes, and stop-motion. Directed by Alex Dashino and Varvara Volodina, a couple of students at London's Central Saint...

The Decemberists Busted For Busking

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Before The Decemberists performed at The Royal Oak Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan yesterday, they got into a little trouble with the law. Unable to wait for the performance, the band decided they'd give the people in Royal Oak downtown a little extra love and perhaps see how much they could actually make as they busk. The Decemberists' Colin Meloy was the first to tweet...

Best Songs and Albums of 2009 to Date

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The results are in! Over at NPR they've conducted an online poll of what listeners have chosen as the "Best Music of 2009 (so far)." This includes the top songs and albums to date, and the list consists of 30 titles for both categories. Some artists who landed a spot include the Silversun Pickups, Animal Collective, Franz Ferdinand, and Mos Def. Find out if...

Bonnaroo Day 3

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Day three (June 13) of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival might better be known as the day of The Boss. Although Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band started about 20 minutes late (sparking murmurs of another Kanye West fiasco), The Boss and the boys dominated the main stage for nearly three hours with hits like "Working On a Dream," "Youngstown" and...

The Decemberists Videos and Tour Dates

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Are you sad because you missed the The Decemberists at this years SXSW? Good news! We have some great videos of them performing for the the IFC Crossroads party at SXSW. These videos are of a great quality and get you up close to the band. You can see Colin Meloy's face as he croons about how much he loves you. Seriously though, the videos show The Decemberists' high energy, and yea, maybe you did...

SXSW Music Day 1: Fol Chen, Dan Auerbach and Access

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If you're heading down to good ol' Austin, TX for SXSW this week and you haven't arrived yet, get reading to hit the ground running. I'm an Austinite myself (yes, that is our title), so I know the city back-to-front, but it's always difficult to prepare for the throngs of people clogging the downtown streets. Air travel was a nightmare (Dallas- Fort Worth's...

Poll: Old People Review Today's Music - Awesome or Crazy?

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Remember when you were a teenager and you wanted to listen to music you liked in the car, but your parents absolutely vetoed that option? Parents are so uncool. Well, get a load of this! Three elderly residents of Fishtown, Philadelphia have created a show where they review music of today's generation (The Thermals, Joanna Newsom, The Decemberists, Clipse, and more) at a diner called...

Design A Poster For The Decemberists

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Portland indie rock group, The Decemberists, will be premiering their album, The Hazards of Love, in its entirety as part of NPR's SXSW showcase at Stubbs. To make it a little more interesting, Capitol Records have teamed up with Imeem for a fun contests where fans can submit artwork for the official SXSW showcase poster. The band members will pick...

A Few Internet Must Sees for Music Fans

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Some of us have lives (AKA commuting, working nine-to-five, commuting some more, etc...) and some of us spend most of our time (to our paychecks' dismay) surfing the web for all the free and entertaining music tidbits we can get our hands on. For those of you in the latter category who haven't yet scored your fix for today, here are some starting points: Are you one of those music fans who...

The Decemberists Announce North American Tour

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Idiosyncratic indie rock band The Decemberists has announced the first leg of their North American tour - which will start in Los Angeles, CA, on May 19th, work its way to New York, NY, and will end mid-June at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee. Their tour, so named "A Short Fazed Novel", will be in support of their upcoming album, The Hazards of Love,...