Win A Pair Of Passes To The Decemberists Soundcheck Party!

The Decemberists

Before hitting the stage to perform before a packed Madison audience this evening, The Decemberists will be warming up their pipes and tuning their guitars to blissful perfection this afternoon at Overture Hall (tickets still available here).

Want to score a pair of passes to hang out during the band’s pre-concert soundcheck?  All you have to do is leave a comment with at least three songs that you’d like to hear the band run through before the show.

Please have your comments posted by noon today (4.19.11).  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly thereafter.  Good luck!

*Note:  This giveaway is for admission to the band’s soundcheck only and does not include tickets to tonight’s concert.

Just Weird Enough: The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy Talks Art + Win A Pair Of Tickets

Decemberists photo

The Decemberists have always been a “weird” band. Dressed in old-time tuxedos, goth gowns, and hair tonic, The Decemberists look like a photo album from the 1800’s. Eeriness hangs over their promo shots like the old family photos in a Hitchcock film.

The Decemberists are not weird in a bizarre manner (like Lady Gaga). They are not weird in an overly artistic manner (like David Bowie). By no means are they beyond weird (like Gary Busey). But they are just weird enough to be the Pixies of the 00’s. And they’ve grown a little tired of it.

“We knew people might have a hard time getting into it,” said principal songwriter Colin Meloy about the old English folk sound of past albums. “Once we were on stage at Bonnaroo or wherever, I just kind of wanted to play some normal songs.”

Their latest effort, The King is Dead, does just that, embodying the alternative of R.E.M. with the anthemic Americana of Tom Petty. The songs stay simple, and they’re better for it.

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Monday Concert Connection: Building Something Unholy

Happy Monday, blog readers! Are you ready for another round of fabulous ticket giveaways? Yes? Well let’s get to ’em! This week’s contests feature Bible of the Devil + Slough Feg, and The Builders and The Butchers. Read on to find out how you can win, and while you’re here, you can preview this week’s hottest ticket: The Decemberists.  Tickets are still available!


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Venue Change: The Decemberists Move On Up


Just a quick note for you Decemberists fans:  their August 5th show with Heartless Bastards has been moved from The Orpheum to Overture Hall.  Tickets purchased for The Orpheum, before the venue change was made will be honored at Overture Hall.  If you still need tickets to the show, you can purchase them here.

Media Roundup: Hey mp3 Junkies! Look Here!

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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