By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Aug 23, 2007 at 12:22 PM

 Thanks to a sold out show at The Pabst earlier this year, The Decemberists have announced two shows at the Riverside, on Nov. 18-19 as part of the band's autumn "The Long and Short of It" tour.

Each stop on the tour, which kicks off Oct. 28-29 at The Vic in Chicago, has a "long of it" night and a "short of it" night.

 According a statement, "'Long' evenings will focus on the band's epic, progressive compositions. 'Short' nights (while no shorter in set length, we promise) will highlight their more succinct, pop-leaning material. Laura Veirs, who guests on The Decemberists' current album, 'The Crane Wife,' will be the main supporting act."

There is a limited number of custom pre-sale tickets designed by illustrator Carson Ellis available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning  Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at

"For the pre-sale, fans must purchase both a 'long' and a 'short' night ticket, but they'll receive a $10 discount," the statement notes. "In markets with an odd number of dates, tickets for the final date will be sold separately. Fans who purchase pre-sale tickets will receive a free poster with their order. General ticket on-sale begins Sept. 7." 

In other news, The Decemberists appears on "Austin City Limits" on Oct. 13 and on Sept. 25, Capitol Records releases "The Perfect Crime #2 EP" with four remixes. 


Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.