“Bright,” “uplifting,” and “perfect” have all been used to describe Death Cab for Cutie’s recent tour performances with members of Magik*Magik Orchestra. The indie demigods are riding the success of their latest album, Codes And Keys, which debuted at #3 on Billboard 200 upon its release. For years Death Cab for Cutie’s lead singer Ben Gibbard’s vocals have been a categorical descriptor for indie’s gloomy, introspective, and looming tone; and while fans have adored his style, only now has the group’s sound been fully realized with the orchestral additions. As guitarist Chris Walla explained to Billboard
“These are my favorite shows that we’ve played so far…Aside from what happens musically, which is totally great, Minna Choi is a fantastic arranger, the players are totally world class, it’s just really fun hearing that album cycle fifteen years into the band and having really different chemistry on stage. It’s not like anything we’ve ever done.”
It’s rumored the band will likely take a hiatus after this tour (especially in lieu of Gibbard’s recent personal events), so catch them before it’s too late. Bay Area readers can purchase tickets to Death Cab for Cutie’s performance tonight at the Fox Theater in Oakland through our iPhone app, while general fans can find tickets on Thrillcall’s Death Cab for Cutie’s artist page.
Below are Death Cab for Cutie upcoming summer tour dates that were just announced.
June 30: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (The Commons)
July 1: Barrie, ON (Burl’s Creek)
July 3: Cleveland, OH (Jacobs Pavilion)
July 4: Rochester Hills, MI (Meadow Brook)
July 5: Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest)
July 7: Des Moines, IA (80/35 Music Festival)
July 8: Lawrence, KS (Liberty Music Hall)
July 9: Springfield, MO (Gilloz Theatre)
July 10: Tulsa, OK (Cain’s Ballroom)
July 12: Chicago, IL (The Taste of Chicago)
July 13: Pittsburgh, PA (Stage AE)
July 14: Charlottesville, VA (nTelos Wireless Pavilion)
July 15: Cincinnati, OH (Bunbury Music Festival)
July 17: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium)
July 19: Montclair, NJ (Wellmont Theatre)
July 20: Holyoke, MA (Mountain Park)
July 21: Cooperstown, NY (Ommegang Brewery)
July 22: Dover, DE (Firefly Music Festival)
Listen to Death Cab for Cutie’s “Underneath the Sycamore” from their latest album, Codes and Keys.