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Local Band

Local Band

Date: Jun 07 2004


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The Decemberists, a group of musicians hailing from the Pacific Northwest, are an up-and-coming band. They are made of five members and released 2 EPs and 2 LPs since their formation. They are just one of many local bands, who are trying their luck on the national market. The show they had in Portland launched a 4-week tour of the country.


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Miguel:  So Stephanie, did you do anything, uh, exciting this weekend?

Stephanie:  I went to see a concert.

Miguel:  What’d you see?

Stephanie:  I saw The Decemberists.

Miguel:  The Decemberists. I never heard of ‘em. Are they a local band?

Stephanie:  They are a local band. Um, there are five people in the band and I think three of them are from Portland.

Miguel:  What kinda music is it…is it rock or how would you describe it?

Stephanie:  There’s a little bit of rock, and a little bit of pop, with a few circussy-type things going on in the middle of it.

Miguel:  ha…Circussy in what way? Do they like do gymnastics or what?

Stephanie:  Well all the different musicians have different kinds of instruments. The drummer has a gong for example and the bass player has not only a bass, but a bass drum.

Miguel:  Wow…that sounds like fun.



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The Decemberists are a band from Portland, a “local band” if you live in the area. Does your town have any local bands? Are you more apt to see a local band or a more popular national act? Have any local bands from your city gotten popular?


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