The Decemberists + Shakey Graves

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The Decemberists + Shakey Graves
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The Decemberists

At some point within in the past few years, the Decemberists made the transition from quirky indie-folk band to Americana institution. Gone are the days of sprawling, progressive albums based on Japanese folk tales—Colin Meloy and his band are consummate troubadours, grounded in tradition and unafraid to emulate their heroes (surely you heard the group's glorified R.E.M. tribute album, The King is Dead). The band will tote its banjos and accordions to the Taste of Chicago, where it will be joined by rootsy Austin musician Shakey Graves.

By: Zach Long

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