Tonight’s Concert Picks: Death Cab for Cutie at Revel Ovation Hall, Shilpa Ray at The Fire and Lotus at Jam on the River

Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo by Danny Clinch

Modern rock faves Death Cab for Cutie play a headlining show tonight at Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City. The band hasn’t released a new album since its 2011 album, Codes and Keys, although in October 2013 it re-released a remastered version of its 2002 classic Transatlanticism. Without a new album, fans of Death Cab can expect a show full of fan favorites. Tickets and info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to the band’s single “I Will Follow You into the Dark” from its fifth album below.

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Death Cab for Cutie playing Ovation Hall at Revel Casino on May 25th

Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo by Danny Clinch
Death Cab For Cutie are hitting the road once again and are playing Ovation Hall at the Revel Casino on Sunday, May 25th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 14th at Noon. Go here for tickets. Last year, DCFC celebrated the 10th anniversary release of their now classic Transatlanticism. With no new album in tow, expect Death Cab to cover a wide range of their catalogue during the course of the show.


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Bad Braids, Pattern is Movement, Johnny Marr)

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Legendary folk musician Richie Havens is remembered for his soulful voice and historic set at Woodstock [link]

Mike Kinsella of Owen previewed new material in this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]

In celebration of Earth Day, The Key took a look back at Philadelphia’s Earth Week in 1970 [link]

Suzie Brown, Cheers Elephant and more to play the 65th Annual Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert Series in Chestnut Hill [link]

Ryan Tennis brings his nine-piece band to XPN for a Key Studio Session [link]

Make Music Philly brings DIY concerts to the streets on June 21st [link]

Johnny Marr gives advice and talks about his new solo album in an interview with Nikki Volpicelli [link]

Get a look inside Pattern is Movement‘s recording process with an “album screening” at PhilaMOCA [link]

Bad Braids‘ upcoming Supreme Parallel is featured in this week’s Unlocked series [link]

Download “I Had Love” from Chicago’s Fort Frances [link]

Kennett Square’s Friday Nights Under the Stars announces their line-up with New Sweden, Ryan Tennis and more [link]


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

Photo by John Vettese

“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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN Welcomes John Mayall to World Cafe Live at the Queen and Willy Mason to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia

The man with the harmonica who has graced us with his jazzy voice and bluesy beats for over five decades is playing tonight at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. John Mayall began his career in England in the mid 1950′s as John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers; a group that welcomed some of rock ‘n roll’s biggest names including: Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Jack Bruce, and Mick Fleetwood, among others. Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 8 sharp. You can grab your tickets to this all ages show here.

The son of two folk singers, it is no surprise that Willy Mason followed in his parent’s footsteps. The country/folk singer was discovered by Conor Oberst in 2004, and since has played extensively with bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, and will be on tour with Mumford & Sons this fall. He is currently working on his third studio album, you can go here to his website and download a single from the album entitled “Restless Fugitive.” Willy Mason plays tonight at World Cafe Live Upstairs at 8 PM. Tickets to the all ages show are $12.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Death Cab For Cutie at Tower Theatre

If any indie-pop act could win an award for being “Most Frequently Featured in Popular Culture,” Death Cab For Cutie would probably take the title. At first, it might seem surprising that an alt-rock band from Washington is highlighted so recurrently in mainstream media, but once your ears are exposed to the band’s catchy yet soothing sound, it’s easy to understand the appeal. Death Cab’s Grammy-nominated, emotive music has enhanced many profound scenes from popular dramas, including ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and NBC’s Parenthood, as well as numerous recent films. Not that receiving spotlight is a occurrence for the band; its music was often referenced and used in the teen soap opera The O.C. in the mid-2000’s. It’s clear that Death Cab For Cutie’s magnetism to pop-culture exposure is strong as ever. Death Cab For Cutie performs with Magik*Magik Orchestra and Low at 8 p.m. at Tower Theatre; tickets to the all-ages show are $40 – $45. —Lisa Henderson