The Decemberists: Maybe not so lame after all?


Ever since the Current announced their lineup for this year's Rock the Garden (which is sold out -- don't bother getting too excited if you don't already have tickets), we've been lamenting the fact that a festival proclaiming to "rock" invited such an un-rocking band like the Decemberists to headline. Sure, some of the ballads on this year's The Hazards of Love are downright pretty, plush with instrumental backings and well thought-out lyrics. But seriously. Are the Decemberists seriously expected to rock any garden, especially the Sculpture Garden at the Walker on a hot day in the summer?

From the sounds of this remarkable video, captured by xdipndotx and blogged by Riverfront Times music editor Annie Zaleski, well... yes. Apparently the Decemberists do rock after all, sometimes. Here's hoping they put their hyper-literate indie rock aside for at least one song when they perform at the Walker, because this band knows how to pull out all the stops on a Heart cover.

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See also: Annie Zaleski's review of the Decemberists this past weekend in St. Louis, complete with set list and snarky commentary.