The Decmberists are Possibly the Best Live Band in America
I really do think that the above statement might be true. But I can't be sure. But after seeing them this Saturday night I may be able to confirm it. I'm gonna go catch them at the Uptown Theater with several hundred of my new close friends. I've been waiting on this show for a while and have been preparing by closely studying setlists and bootleg recordings.
And they're quite possibly the only band that can get me interested in Kate Bush, Joanna Newsome and Cheap Trick. Actually, I'm pretty sure they are.
Bridges and Balloons (Joanna Newsom Cover)
Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect (Live on KCRW)
Wuthering Heights (Kate Bush Cover)
Southern Girls (Live) (Cheap Trick Cover)
From a Colin Meloy solo show:
The Apology Song (Live)
And quite possibly the best b-side in the history of b-sides:
Culling of the Fold
And download all the live Decemberists music you want at the Live Music Archive: