Thanks to its baroque, heavily orchestrated pop sound and detailed lyrics that delve into folklore and mythology, the Decemberists were an unlikely lot to receive a major-label advance. But on Oct. 3,

Thanks to its baroque, heavily orchestrated pop sound and detailed lyrics that delve into folklore and mythology, the Decemberists were an unlikely lot to receive a major-label advance. But on Oct. 3, Capitol Records will release the band's new album, "The Crane Wife."