Two Nights of the Decemberists

September 17th, 2009

The Decemberists, a five-piece folk-rock outfit from Portland, Ore., are storytellers. And their songs often employ instruments that aren’t so obvious, like accordions and organs. The band, whose members claim to have met in a Turkish bath, released its fifth full-length album, The Hazards of Love, in March and have been touring to promote it ever since. That tour brings them to Terminal 5 this Saturday, September 19th, and The Wellmont Theatre next Monday, September 21st. The Terminal 5 show is special because, according to the group’s Web site, they “will draw songs from a lottery and dutifully play them, regardless of their quality or presence in our memory. Decemberists songs, naturally, but you do never know what bizarre cover songs or strange commands may end up in the pile.” Sounds pretty cool.

(Check out the Decemberists, above, covering Heart’s “Crazy for You.”)