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The Decemberists

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Monday, April 23 at 8:00 PM
Smith Opera House
Smith Center for the Arts and DSP Shows

The Decemberists explore a new sound with a new producer on their inspired eighth studio album, “I’ll Be Your Girl,” which will be released March 16 on Capitol Records. The acclaimed Portland, Oregon-based band worked with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey) and embraced influences such as Roxy Music and New Order to spark a new creative path, as can be heard on the synth-driven lead single “Severed,” which is available today to stream or download.

“I’ll Be Your Girl” will be released on a multitude of formats, including 180gm LP, 180gm Limited Edition Orange LP, 180gm Limited Edition Blue LP (available at indie record stores), 180gm Limited Edition Purple LP (available at Barnes & Noble), 180gm Limited Edition White LP (available via Rough Trade Records in Europe), softpak CD, cassette, digital download, and a mystery deluxe edition box dubbed “I’ll Be Your Girl: The Exploded Version,” for which details will be revealed shortly.

The band has also announced the first dates of their Your Girl / Your Ghost 2018 World Tour, which kicks off March 22 and includes concerts at the Chicago Theater (April 10), Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (April 13 & 14), The Anthem in Washington DC (April 21), Red Rocks in Colorado (May 22), Celebrate Brooklyn (June 13), and two hometown shows at Edgefield (June 22-23). VIP pre-sales are underway with a general on-sale beginning this Friday, January 19 at 10 am local time. The Decemberists have also announced the second coming of Travelers’ Rest, a two-day festival curated by the band that will take place August 4-5 at the Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheatre in Missoula, Montana. Visit decemberists.com for more information. Further dates will be announced shortly.

Special offer! A digital download of The Decemberists’ forthcoming album, “I’ll Be Your Girl,” is included with every ticket for this show. You will receive instructions for how to redeem this offer when you purchase tickets.

Tennis, an indie-pop band from Denver, will open the show.

Tennis continue their extensive North American tour in celebration of their fourth full-length album, Yours Conditionally. After a cross country tour in the Spring/Summer supporting artists including Spoon, The Shins and Father John Misty the band is primed to head out on a Fall Headline tour crisscrossing the United States; their largest to date.

Yours Conditionally — out now on Mutually Detrimental via Thirty Tigers and available at all record stores as well as via iTunes and Spotify — continues to receive praise from NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” Interview Magazine, W, New York Magazine and many more.

The new record was composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. Upon returning, Tennis’ husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced the record in a small cabin in Fraser, CO. It was mixed by Spoon’s Jim Eno at Public HiFi.

Now based in Denver, Moore and Riley began writing music together as a way to document the history of their time living aboard a sailboat. The result was their first release, Cape Dory. Moore and Riley followed Cape Dory with Young and Old, which The New Yorker described as “winsome as it is ebullient” and debuted #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Chart and #1 on CMJ Top 200, where it remained for three straight weeks. The album also debuted on Soundscan’s “New Artist Chart” at #1, remaining there for nine consecutive weeks. Their newest record comes on the heels of the group’s most recent release, 2014’s Ritual in Repeat, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Fresh Air,” TIME, Vogue, Pitchfork, The FADER, Entertainment Weekly and many more. The band has performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”

Tickets:$42.50-$199 (plus service fee)