1. As the Decemberists Hibernate, Its Members Focus on Black Prairie (Q&A)

    May 09, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Decemberists have been recording off-and-on and will "ramp up" next year, says Nate Query. Until then, four of the band's members push on with Black Prairie, which has released new album "Fortune" "Fortune," the new album from Black Prairie, the Portland…

  2. The Decemberists Starting to Work on New Material

    May 22, 2013 4:16 PM EDT The Decemberists are in the very early stages of crafting the follow-up to 2011's "The King Is Dead," according to drummer John Moen. "We’re starting very, very, very quietly and timidly starting recording," Moen said. "By the end of the year we'll have…

  3. The Decemberists Will 'Be On the Back Burner' After Tour Wraps, Says Bassist

    August 04, 2011 1:25 PM EDT The Decemberists still plan to go on "a really long break" and open-ended hiatus after it finishes touring to promote its latest album, "The King is Dead." But the group does not intend it to be the cataclysmic split that some fans have been fearing. "It was a pretty…

  4. The Decemberists' Hiatus Overblown, Says Colin Meloy

    June 13, 2011 4:26 PM EDT Colin Meloy is known for his brainy wordplay but there are two words he'd like to have back: "Long hiatus." Those words, uttered in an interview, rippled across the Twitterverse and left many with the impression that Meloy's band, The Decemberists , are breaking up.…

  5. Decemberists Push The Envelope On 'Crane Wife'

    June 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Decemberists' upcoming album, "The Crane Wife," is thematically based on a tragic Japanese folk tale, but band leader Colin Meloy promises a fair dose of rock'n'roll, rape, murder and violence as The Decemberists' upcoming album, "The Crane Wife,"…