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Concert Fri Apr 20 2007

Decemberists hit Millennium Park

If you miss the Decemberists this time around (they perform tonight at the Riviera Theater, 8pm), don't worry. You'll have another chance to see them this summer. In a special concert celebrating Metro's 25th anniversary, the five-piece indie rock band hailing from Portland, Oregon performs alongside the Grant Park Orchestra in Millennium Park on July 18. Brand-new orchestral arrangements of The Decemberists' songs are to be arranged and conducted by Sean O'Loughlin, who has arranged music for Blue Man Group, Pink Martini and Christian McBride, among others.

Unusual pairings and eclectic instrumentation are nothing new for the Decemberists, who released their fourth full-length album, The Crane Wife, on 3 October 2006 (Capitol Records). Their music, compared to Neutral Milk Hotel and Belle and Sebastian, is best described as upbeat pop wrapped around passionate ballads. Lending its uniqueness to a lush musical arrangement (accordion, Hammond organ and upright bass included), their songs are infused by such diverse strains as the sea chantey, Irish jig and klezmer. Pastoral lyrics shaped around a folkloric, storytelling style paint wistful pictures of winter, love and other moods. The well-spun songs are the creative brainchild of singer/songwriter and frontman Colin Meloy, who was inspired to write Crane Wife by a Japanese folk tale he came across in the children's section of a Portland bookstore. The band, which named themselves after the Russian Decembrist Revolt and the feelings associated with December, includes Nate Query (bass), Jenny Conlee (keyboards and
accordion), Chris Funk (pedal steel guitar), and John Moen (drums).

The Decemberists perform with the Grant Park Orchestra, conducted by Sean O'Loughlin in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park on July 18, at 6:30 pm. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
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Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


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Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
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Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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Dave's Records
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Drag City
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Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
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Minty Fresh
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mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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Victory Records

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