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DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, ROGUE WAVE

(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey) So now what, Death Cab? The band’s first Portland—er, Troutdale—show in a couple years comes on the heels of Narrow Stairs, their serene and well-balanced sixth album. The once painfully shy Bellingham band is now reluctantly perched atop the music industry—with the new album debuting at number one on the charts—in the somewhat uncomfortable position of being one of the last big American rock bands (ever?). It’s a bit ironic given the band’s unapologetically nerdy personalities, but this new album, like most anything local boy Chris Walla touches, is texturally rich and sounds absolutely immaculate. While it won’t convert haters into believers, Narrow Stairs is just another in a series of perfectly executed, absolutely pristine pop songs. I suppose there isn’t anything wrong with that. EAC

MP3:
Death Cab for Cutie - 405 / Your Heart Is An Empty Room (live at Bonnaroo, 06/15/08)