If day one of the Firefly Music Festival was a great experience discovering new artists, day two was time for adjusting expectations. While there were plenty of highlights, some artists that have been talked up as the next big thing did not exactly deliver, while others performed strongly but were slotted on stages and at times that didn’t work. Continue reading →
After putting out their latest album, Thank You For Today, in August 2018, Death Cab For Cutie have been on the road. Recently the indie heavyweights have been joined by Jenny Lewis, who just put out On The Line in March. Death Cab’s frontman, Ben Gibbard and Jenny Lewis were key members of The Postal Service. Gibbard and Lewis have been performing “Nothing Better” together as an encore. Obviously this is a very big deal and worth all of your attention. There hasn’t been any sort of Postal Service reunion since 2013, when the full band got together to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Give Up. Jimmy Tamborello is missing from the current reunion tour, but it is a big deal nonetheless.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Death Cab for Cutie is about to make its long-awaited return. The band just announced that their first album in three years, called Thank You for Today, will be released on August 17, and the first single, “Gold Rush,” is out now. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →