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The Decemberists

Formed: 2000 in Portland, OR
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Group Members: John Moen, Petra Haden, Nate Query, Ezra Holbrook, Rachel Blumberg, Chris Funk, Colin Meloy, Jenny Conlee, Jesse Emerson
Biography: Led by Montana native Colin Meloy, the Decemberists craft theatrical, hyper-literate pop songs that draw heavily from late-'60s British folk acts like Fairport Convention and Pentangle and the early-'80s college rock grandeur of the Waterboys and R.E.M. The band's initial lineup also included drummer ...Read full biography
Castaways And Cutouts
Released: 2002
Label: Digital Rights Agency
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Colin Meloy's dynamic vocals lead the way on Castaways and Cutouts, the impressive 2003 effort by Portland, OR, quintet the Decemberists. Throughout the disc, Meloy's songs tell tales of life's castaways, ...Read full review
Released: 2005
Label: Rough Trade
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"The Infanta," the thunderous opening track on the Decemberists' fluid and predictably studious Picaresque, rolls in like a ghost ship at 40 knots in a hail of cannon fire with a mad English professor ...Read full review