Death Cab for Cutie is a band I have long had on my "bands I must see live" list. I was very surprised to hear they were playing Bowery Ballroom- seemed like a venue much too small for them. It's a great concert venue though, and I've been to a ton of amazing, intimate shows there. Tickets sold out the minute they went on sale, but a friend of mine had snagged a ticket and very generously let me buy it. The show didn't start til 9, with The Lonely Forest taking the stage.
I had never heard of them before, but the minute lead singer John Van Deusen opened his mouth, I was hooked. He sounds very similar to Michael Stipe (of R.E.M.) but with an indie pop-rock vibe. I thought they were great. You can download a free track from their new album Arrows at Spinner.com, and when you love it, buy their whole album from Amazon for just $5 (through June).
I totally need a camera that can take better pics at dark shows... sigh
Death Cab took the stage at 10, and rocked Bowery for 2 solid hours. They performed several tracks from their new album Codes and Keys, plus over 2 dozen other hits from various albums. (You can see their whole setlist plus great photos from the show at Brooklyn Vegan). I was amped to hear Title and Registration, one of my faves, plus You Are a Tourist, Photobooth, New Year... so many awesome songs! My one disappointment was that they didn't play Passenger Seat, which is my all-time fave song of theirs. Just means I'll have to see them again and keep my fingers crossed they play it!