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The Decemberists at the Greek Theatre

August 11, 2011

MUSIC

On "The Hazards of Love," the 2009 album from the Decemberists, frontman Colin Meloy and his merry band of Pacific Northwest hucksters created a medieval rock opera. The band's latest album, "The King Is Dead," takes the opposite tack, exploring Americana, a much more simple, rustic format. The right players are on the record with Meloy — R.E.M.'s Peter Buck contributes guitar and mandolin, and Gillian Welch provides vocals that go a long way in establishing some measure of restraint here. Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $32.50-$42.50. greektheatrela.com.

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