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Listen to Coping Skills cover DCFC for their Ben Gibbard-themed tour

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Coping Skills | photo by Julia Leiby | courtesy of the band

Last April, Coping Skills shared their sophomore release, Relatable Web Content. It featured a track called “Fuck Me Up, Ben Gibbard“, and now the song has inspired US Tour of the same name. Supposedly, the dates are a pilgrimage of sorts, culminating in Chicago where the duo will attend Gibbard’s January 20th performance at Thalia Hall with Julian Baker. In anticipation, they’ve shared a cover of Death Cab For Cutie’s “A Lack of Color” from Transatlanticism. Check out the track as well as a full interview with the band over at The Grey Estates. Find the tour’s humorous poster by Michael Smaczylo below. Continue reading →

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Thanks, Internet: Kanye West meets Ben Gibbard in Death Cab for Yeezy

Death Cab for Cuite (left) | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo // Kanye West (right) | Photo by John Vettese
Death Cab for Cuite (left) | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo // Kanye West (right) | Photo by John Vettese

With the much talked about premiere of The Life of Pablo finally happening this evening, Kanye West has been all over the headlines since…well, actually, let’s stop right there, since he’s always all over the headlines for one reason or another. For the fans (and we count ourselves as fans), we’ll bring you a review of T.L.o.P.‘s local screening in University City tomorrow, but right now, something for readers who prefer their Kanye in smaller doses: a new mashup album mixing his hits with those of indie rock faves Death Cab for Cutie. Continue reading →

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Ben Gibbard loosens up at The Keswick Theater (review, setlist)

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“I was worried about playing this show,” Ben Gibbard told the crowd at Glenside’s Keswick Theater last night. “I mean, not worried about being here, but more what kind of vibe today would have. But I’m very happy right now.”

Maybe it was because he was on post-Election Day cloud nine, or maybe it’s just the format of the tour, but this solo appearance had a loose mood and lively personality that we rarely get to see from the Death Cab for Cutie frontman.

For all its epic songs and their transcendent peaks and valleys, the Seattle band – historically speaking – is kind of a drag in concert. Over the years, they’ve repeatedly come off as too locked-in, too stiff, evidently unmoved and maybe even kinda bored by their own spectacular music. When Gibbard did banter with the crowd at those full-band shows, there was an air of detachment.

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Ben Gibbard collaborates with Aimee Mann on “Bigger Than Love,” comes to Keswick Theater 11/7

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard releases his first full-length solo album, Former Lives, on October 16, and his tour in support of it brings him through Philadelphia on November 7 for an appearance at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. This week, the folks at NPR Music‘s All Songs Considered included the album in their fall preview, and highlighted the song “Bigger Than Love” – breathtaking duet between Gibbard and Aimee Mann. Listen to the song here, and download the earlier single “Teardrop Windows” here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nas and Lauryn Hill at The Electric Factory, Benjamin Gibbard at The Keswick Theatre, The Fleeting Ends at The Fire

New York rapper Nas brings his Life is Good tour to The Electric Factory tonight for a show with Lauryn Hill.  The legendary lyricist released his seventh and critically acclaimed studio album in July, following up 2010’s Distant Relatives collaboration with Damian Marley.  South Jersey’s Lauryn Hill is also sharing some new material on the tour; the influential soul/hop hop artist debuted a new track called “Black Rage”, though the ex-Fugee hasn’t released a solo album since 2002.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Jhene Aiko will open the all-ages show. Below, watch Lauryn Hill’s surprise performance with The Roots on the 4th of July.

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