The Decemberists
Portland, OR
Indie Folk / Indie Rock
Performing: Saturday, July 9 at 9:15 pm on Hy-Vee Main Stage
Formed in a Turkish bath. Named for an 1825 Russian revolt. Opening act of the Pawnee/Eagleton Unity Concert. Feuders with Stephen Colbert. Sometimes it's hard to know where The Decemberists’ dream-like songs end and reality begins. We’ll go ahead and pinch you, because the Portland folk rock group really is headlining the 2016 80/35 Music Festival.

Fronted by the always poetic Colin Meloy, The Decemberists formed in 2000 and released a debut EP, “5 Songs,” the next year. The band broke through with the 2005 album “Picaresque,” which included early hits like “The Infanta,” “16 Military Wives” and the epic live show favorite, “The Mariner’s Revenge Song.”

The Decemberists’ discography is packed with lush, imaginative ballads, with Meloy’s lyrics and the haunting instrumentation combining to create fully-formed worlds. For the band’s 2011 album, “The King is Dead,” REM’s Peter Buck and Gillian Welch were roped into the track “Down by the Water,” creating a beautiful fusion of three musical worlds without missing a beat.

The Decemberists released their seventh album, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” in 2015. Their appearance at 80/35 will mark the band’s first Des Moines stop since a 2003 show at Vaudeville Mews. The band has grown a lot since then, let’s show them Des Moines has as well.

- Written by Joe Lawler. Joe used to write about music for the Des Moines Register. Now he sometimes writes about music at Live Local Man.