Concert Review: The Decemberists at Jacobs Pavilion

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Very few bands sound better onstage than in the studio, but the Decemberists are one of those bands, as they proved last night at their packed show at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

The Portland, Oregon, band dedicated last night's set-closing song, “This Is Why We Fight” (from their new album The King Is Dead), to accordion and keyboard player Jenny Conlee, who's fighting breast cancer at home during this tour.

But the show still rocked on, and the Decemberists treated fans to two encores, both infused with sex appeal and, of course, captivating charm. “Mariner’s Revenge” was accompanied by a boat that just happened to cruise by the Pavilion as frontman Colin Meloy sang. And “June Hymn” set the mood for canoodling couples.

The venue was stuffed with hipsters, parents, and probably your grandma, all of whom went berserk over Meloy’s improv city song, cleverly titled “Cleveland City Lights.”

The folky rockers also played fan faves like “Rise to Me,” “O Valencia!,” both parts of “The Crane Wife,” and “Won’t Want for Love,” fully equipped with soaring solos and crashing crescendos.

Opening band the Head and the Heart were also popular with the audience. Judging by their reaction, the band may find themselves headlining spots like this soon enough. —Courtney Kerrigan

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