Portland, Oregon outfit The Decemberists pretty much wrote the book on post-millennial indie folk. With two multi-instrumentalists in the group (Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee) and an interest in esoteric folklore and quirky historical incidents as an inspiration for their lyrics, The Decemberists are known for eclectic live shows that often incorporate audience participation. They’ve been known to work in regional references to their shows and have even staged sea-battle reenactments. And that’s the verifiable stuff: their official biographies have referred to more whimsical trivia like their penchant for travelling exclusively by Dr. Herring’s Brand Dirigible balloons. Basically, whether you’re a fan or not (and if you’re not, give The Crane Wife a spin and you’ll probably emerge a convert), The Decemberists put on a show you’ll never forget.