Four things to know before tonight's much-anticipated show.
1. Unless you're new to these parts, you probably already know that Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy went to the University of Montana and found his voice with a local outfit called Tarkio. But did you ever see the band play? What about when they were dressed as pirates? Yes, pirates. No? Then check out this old video from the Top Hat, circa 1998, and read up about the former Missoula band. Here's hoping "Save Yourself" makes it onto tonight's setlist.
2. Buy a T-shirt tonight. The band's keyboardist and accordion player, Jenny Conlee, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. Carson Ellis, an amazing artist and Colin's wife, designed a "Team Jenny" shirt with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate in Oregon.
3. Speaking of Ellis, keep an eye out for a book she and Meloy have been working on for 12 years. It's slated for release next month.
4. Don't sleep on tonight's opener, Typhoon. Jason McMackin reviewed the band's latest this week. By all accounts, the 10-person group is best seen live. But its videos are also cool. This is from last year's release: