Music Around Town

Death Cab for Cutie/City and Colour

When: Tue., July 3 2012

Death Cab for Cutie released their least pop-sounding record since 2003's Transatlanticism last year. Stepping back from the guitar-driven melodies that anchored its two predecessors, 2005's Plans and 2008's Narrow Stairs, Codes and Keys sounds a little like new territory for the band, even if it isn't exactly. The album's first single, “You Are a Tourist,” feels like something from the late '80s – part the Stone Roses and part the Cure, with a rolling bassline that has you anticipating some languid sniveling from Robert Smith. But frontman Ben Gibbard and the rest of the Death Cab for Cutie crew are at the top of their game here, especially guitarist Chris Walla, whose sharp production is becoming more and more of a key element to the band's sound. Be sure to get to their concert at Jacobs Pavilion a little bit early this week to catch the openers, the divine City and Colour, a solo project spearheaded by Alexisonfire's Dallas Green. It all adds up to plenty of brooding and angst for your hard-earned money. 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 and $39.50. – Peter Chakerian

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