ARTS Pick: The Decemberists

The Decemberists return to the Pavilion on Monday in support of their recent release What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. Photo: Autumn De Wilde The Decemberists return to the Pavilion on Monday in support of their recent release What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. Photo: Autumn De Wilde

Part modern folklorist, part “Portlandia,” The Decemberists never fail to deliver a fascinating set of intelligent, cathartic indie rock.
Front man Colin Meloy defines the band’s stylish, experimental narrative while throwing in enough whimsy to lighten things up and extract a few giggles. The revered act seems to have discovered the secret to engaging the disaffected as it continues to gather new fans even after a multi-year hiatus. Shovels & Rope opens.

Monday 6/1. $39, 7pm. nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 700 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 877-CPAV-TIX.