Decemberists Do "Hazards" Live SXSW



Performing new album in its entirety at
the NPR Music showcase at Stubbs… start lining up for the cattle call now,


By Blurt Staff



NPR Music will
present a South by Southwest showcase headlined by The Decemberists at Stubbs
on Wednesday, March 18, kicking off the opening night of this year’s SXSW Music
Conference and Festival in Austin,
TX.  The concert will mark
the Portland-based band’s first live performance of its forthcoming album The
Hazards of Love
, which The Decemberists will debut in its entirety. 
Additional bands in the lineup, and NPR Music’s complete schedule of events at
SXSW 2009, are to be announced.



Following the
popularity of its concerts and on-air and online coverage at SXSW last year,
NPR Music will live webcast and broadcast the entire concert.  The concert
will be streamed live, podcast and archived at, and will be available for broadcast on NPR Member
stations across the country.  As in years past, NPR Music is partnering
with five NPR Member stations – KUT Austin, WFUV New York, WXPN Philadelphia,
KEXP Seattle and The Current from Minnesota Public Radio – to offer extensive
coverage of the influential music festival on-air and online.



At SXSW, The
Decemberists will perform all 17 songs from The Hazards of Love in
sequence -how the band intends for the record to be heard.  The Hazards
of Love
, out March 24 from Capitol Records, is the follow up to the
quintet’s 2006 breakthrough The Crane Wife, and augments the band’s
standing as one of the most creative forces in music.  This album tells
the tale of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal;
her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, immoral rake. 
Joining The Decemberists members Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate
Query and John Moen on stage at Stubbs will be Lavendar Diamond’s Becky Stark
and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, who lend leading vocals to the album.



NPR Music’s
broadcast and webcast of the concert will be anchored by Bob Boilen, host and
creator of the popular show All Songs Considered and its Live in
series. Joining Bob will be NPR Music blogger Carrie Brownstein and
David Brown, host of Austin Music Unlimited on KUT in Austin.  “Usually, you go to a concert
to hear your favorite band perform your favorite songs, but this 17 song
journey will be a completely new to the audience,” says Bob Boilen.  “It’s
going to be so much fun to see everyone experience this absolutely epic and fun
song cycle performed live for the first time.”  Boilen announced the SXSW
show on today’s episode of All Songs Considered, which features a track
– “The Rake’s Song” – off The Hazards of Love.  The All Songs episode is available at:



Last year, NPR
Music and the five stations live webcast and broadcast 14 of the most
anticipated concerts from SXSW, among them R.E.M., My Morning Jacket and
Vampire Weekend.  NPR Music’s daytime concert at The Parish was one of the
festival’s must-hears, with headliners Vampire Weekend joined by Bon Iver,
Yeasayer, The Shout Out Louds, Jens Lekman and A.A. Bondy.  Those
concerts, along with artist interviews and live audio and video performance
sessions, are archived at:






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