Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, piano), Chris Walla (guitar, production, keyboards), Nick Harmer (bass) and Jason McGerr (drums) performed a 105-minute set that featured tracks from the group's 15-year career, including "Hindsight" off of 1997's You Can Play These Songs With Chords and "Bend To Squares" off of 1998's Something About Airplanes.
Death Cab's ongoing tour with Magik*Magik, an eight-member string section led by Minna Choi, couples Gibbard's deeply emotional and meditative lyrics with the swoon and sway of violins and cellos. From Chicago the tour traveled to Canada for a show in Toronto. If you missed this performance, they'll be back in the area in a few months, performing in Des Moines July 7 and Cincinnati July 15. A short road trip to see decade-old Death Cab For Cutie classics re-worked to include an orchestra might be worth the trip.
Setlist: "Passenger Seat" "Different Names For The Same Thing" "A Movie Script Ending" "Title and Registration" "Grapevine Fires" "Codes and Keys" "No Joy In Mudville" "Little Fury Bugs" "Death of an Interior Decorator" "You Are a Tourist" "Bend To Squares" "Hindsight" "Crooked Teeth" "Army Corps of Architects" "What Sarah Said" "Soul Meets Body" "Stay Young, Go Dancing"