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Indie luminaries Death Cab for Cutie were in top form for a dynamic Tower set

Death Cab for Cutie | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Does anybody out there remember a thing called The Death and Dismemberment tour? Named in homage to a throwaway line Bill Murray’s existential comedy Groundhog Day, and savvily designed to get as many turn-of-the-millennium indie rock fans in a theater as possible, the 2001 run starred Death Cab For Cutie, hot off the release of their emotive third LP The Photo Album, and the beloved math rock outfit The Dismemberment Plan. I specifically remember the Philly press at the time puzzledly contrasting the high-octane DisPlan with the “quiet as a kitten Death Cab.”

Again, this was 2001. It’s now seventeen years later, and Death Cab is no longer quiet as a kitten. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Swearin’, Death Cab For Cutie, Gorillaz, Florence and the Machine, and more

Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

This week, our concert agenda includes indie rock institutions as well as left-of-center art popsters, arena shows to DIY shows, rock and roll and folk and Afrobeat and everything in between. Here are 19 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia over the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Stream Death Cab For Cutie’s Thank You For Today via NPR First Listen

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Death Cab for Cutie for WXPN | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

Thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen series, Death Cab For Cutie’s ninth album, Thank You For Today, is available to stream before the full release this Friday, August 17th.

Third track and lead single “Gold Rush” has been a favorite around the station leading up to the album’s release. The track touches on the gentrification of a hometown, seemingly changing overnight or without any notice. Themes of change are riddled throughout the album, from the location-slanted “Gold Rush” to physically leaving a space, like on “You Moved Away.” While vocalist Ben Gibbard’s lyrics are at the forefront of each track, the backing instrumentals are not to go unnoticed. Swirling synths accompanied by drums, bass, guitar, and piano, perfectly paired with Gibbard’s register, weave a sense of nostalgia and hope throughout the album. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Death Cab for Cutie adds a second show at the Tower

Death Cab for Cutie | photo by Eliot Lee Hazel | via NPR Music

Right after Death Cab for Cutie shared the first single from their forthcoming album, their October 9 show at the Tower Theater sold out. Coincidence or not, it seems like the promise of the first new Death Cab tunes in three years has folks eager to see the band in action on their upcoming fall tour.

Fortunately for Philly concertgoers, a second show has been added — Death Cab for Cutie will stick around town for an extra day to make a second Tower Theater appearance on October 10. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Death Cab for Cutie comes to the Tower Theater in October

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Death Cab for Cutie | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s safe to say that Death Cab for Cutie is one of those bands that people go wild for — with good reason. So when murmurs Death Cab’s return broke with the band’s announcement of a few tour dates in various random corners of the earth (The Netherlands, Brazil, Idaho), we began to wonder. Now, we can safely confirm that the band is indeed expanding its tour to more readily accessible locales, including a stop at the Tower Theater on October 9. Continue reading →

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Death Cab For Cutie packs the TLA for the Made In America after-party

Death Cab for Cutie | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Death Cab for Cutie | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

After the show is the after party… – Jay-Z

The founder of Made In America summed it up nice and neat, and this year Death Cab For Cutie delivered on those words. South Street’s TLA was packed to the brim for a pretty spectacular close to the weekend, and gave us all something to think about as we lay in bed hungover on Monday. Continue reading →

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Beyonce, Death Cab for Cutie, Hop Along and more light up Made In America day one

Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese
Beyonce | Photo by John Vettese

The fourth installment of Jay-Z’s Made in America festival kicked off yesterday with a full day of sun and sounds, from hard rock to hip-hop, capped by a knockout performance by pop idol Beyonce. When she played MIA back in 2013, Bey was just ahead of dropping her surprise self-titled release – the record that might just have gone on to be the biggest of her career. Continue reading →