Yeah, so the Decemberists ditched their little local label and got sort of famous
. Who cares, when their new big-label album, The Crane Wife
, is just as smart and interesting as their small-time work? What other band can make a downright danceable song about the Battle of Manassas? Or craft a song cycle based on an obscure Japanese folk tale
that feels fun, not pretentious? Even their folksy ballad about butchering children makes me grin. I'll be at their show. And I'll be dancing, damn it. (Paramount, 911 Pine St, www.ticketmaster.com. 8 pm, $25—$27, all ages.