Colin Meloy at La Zona Rosa

Darlings of quirky indie rock lovers everywhere, The Decemberists made their name with eccentric instrumentation, melancholy lyrics about ghosts, lost love, and consumption, and stage charisma to spare. A large part of their success is due to the driving vision of lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Colin Meloy, who was at La Zona Rosa last Monday.

Toughing out a cold and drinking a copious amount of wine, he performed mostly Decemberists songs. He teased the crowd with a sample of new material, titled “Hazard” on his set list; another epic, multi-act song about star-crossed lovers and heartbreak. From an older solo tour, he sang Morrissey’s Every Day is Like Sunday, and finished off the night – with help from an enthusiastic audience – with a group sing-along to a perennial crowd favorite, The Mariner’s Revenge Song.

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