Despite prairie roots, Montana native Colin Meloy is Andy Partridge with a knack for nautical hooks. Penning chirpy, lightweight chanteys for the pallid set, he externalizes the imagery of waterlogged groups like Unwed Sailor and June of 44, displacing indie naval-gazing with yarns about the high seas. And by integrating seedy details into his sailor boy, Meloy has just about managed to shift the Decemberists from ultra-coy college rock to... More >>>
By photo: Alicia J. Rose
Good ship and true is a bone to be chewed when the gales of November come early.