Death Cab for Cutie, Deep Sea Diver

When: Sat., Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. 2013


Looking back, it's fair to say Benjamin Gibbard had a solid 2003. That February, the Seattle singer/songwriter (in collaboration with Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello) released an album of chirpy electropop under the name the Postal Service that went on to become a surprise smash hit. Eight months later, Gibbard's primary vehicle, Death Cab for Cutie, put out its fourth album, Transatlanticism, which propelled the band to a major label and is considered by many to be its finest work. Ten years later, the music industry sees anniversaries as opportunities to squeeze more dollars out of an album, so Gibbard has been busy revisiting his past. He just wrapped up the first Postal Service tour in years, and on Saturday, he and his three fellow Death Cabbies will play Transatlanticism in its entirety at Edgefield. The only bummer: Assuming the band plays these songs in order, that means the title track—easily the best song on the album—can't take its traditional spot at the end of the setlist. BEN SALMON

Price: $35

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