When: Fri., Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. 2011
Literate folk-rock group The Decemberists headed even further into R.E.M. territory on their latest record, The King is Dead, which featured that band's guitarist's Peter Buck on three tracks, as well as the ghost of Michael Stipe, who hovers over the whole project. But The Decemberists have always been the sum of their influences, in a good way, with '70s British folk looming larger in the past. The King topped the Billboard Top 200 album chart in January, hastening the group’s rise to big-ticket status. With The Head and The Heart, a Seattle-based folk rock band snapped up last year by Sub Pop, who will play an acoustic in-store at LUNA Music (5202 N. College Ave.) at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Price: $25-$35 (plus fees).