Literary allusion courses through the annals of pop music, from the Tolkienesque rambles of Led Zeppelin, the Camus-inspired doting of The Cure, and the endless Judy Blume references that rescued The Beatles from obscurity. Savor page-turning music with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get one general-admission ticket to see The Decemberists at the Borgata Event Center in the Borgata Hotel and Casino on Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m. (a $39.50 value before fees, or up to a $49.50 value online, including all ticketing fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Decemberists' capricious blend of unapologetically cerebral yet wildly accessible jangle pop and classicist folk has struck a resounding nerve in critics and music fans alike, catapulting the underground darlings into lauded ubiquity. Touring behind its sixth full-length album, The King is Dead, which debuted at No. 1 with a musket ball on the Billboard 200, The Decemberists carts its minstrel medicine show of harmonic elixirs across America like diligent cartographers heckbent on alleviating Stockholm Syndrome in whale-abductees. Colin Meloy and his crew of antiquated-instrument virtuosos take congregations on emotional sojourns in their unpredictable live shows, which sometimes involve inviting the audience to participate in sea-battle reenactments or melodious mass butter churning. Consorting with The Decemberists, The Head and the Heart plays from the latter, ensnaring fans using its acicular hooks and phantom limbs.