Ben Gibbard

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    April 22, 2013

    Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two

    The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>

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    April 16, 2013

    The Postal Service - Fox Theatre Pomona - April 15, 2013

    The Postal Service Fox Theatre Pomona April 15, 2013 With the news of the horrific Boston Marathon bombing, seeing two police cars parked in front of the Fox Theatre Pomona produced an eery calm to the evening. The exhilaration of surviving Coachella quickly dissipated upon hearing the terrifying ne ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    The Best of Coachella: Weekend One

    Karen O's Outfit Karen O's wardrobe on Friday night was bad ass. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's front woman appeared on the main stage in a technicolor cape draped over a suit that looked like it was made of mercury. The vibrant collage was topped with a headpiece that Liberace might have worn had he ever bee ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013
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    December 12, 2011

    KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two Last Night

    Andrew Youssef​KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night TwoDecember 11, 2011Gibson AmphitheaterSee also: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One  After barely surviving Night One of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, my endurance was tested with another stellar line-up for Night Two. The Gibson ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Five Great Indie Rock Albums for Autumn

    Courtesy Atlantic Records​If there's anything hipsters like to do in autumn, it's to walk around breathing in their own melancholy, feigning solitude while trying to suss out meaning from their iPod earbuds while kicking around dead leaves. In their self-conscious sorrow, wearing earthy-toned card ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    Death Cab for Cutie At the Fox Theater Pomona Friday Night

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​For more pictures, check out our DCFC slideshow here!Death Cab for CutieOct. 14, 2011Fox Theater PomonaA sold-out Fox Theater Pomona cheered so loudly between songs that Ben Gibbard jokingly told the crowd to shut up and let him talk as he was in the midst of explaining ho ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Death Cab for Cutie in Awe of the Foo Fighters and Other Things You Didn't Know About DCFC

    Jeremiah Garcia/KCRW​Last night we hiked up to Santa Monica in rush hour traffic to check out Death Cab for Cutie at probably the smallest venue we'll ever see them at--Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio, for a KCRW show that will broadcast on Morning Becomes Eclectic on November 1.

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    October 13, 2011
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    August 2, 2011

    Dntel: On Postal Service, Bjork, Male vs. Female Vocalists and Touring for the First Time

    ​It's not good journalistic form to say certain things about famous people, but I'll confess: James Scott Tamborello, or Dntel of Postal Service fame, is a pretty odd dude to chat with (only further hamstringed by my own awkwardness). Luckily, in Dntel's case, his music speaks ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Black Eyed Peas go on Hiatus; Four Other Groups That Should Take a Break Too

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​This week the Black Eyed Peas announced at their Staffordshire show that it was the "last time we're going to be in England for a long time." So yes, the group is taking a break, but they're not breaking up--at least, not according to Fergie and, there ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Dntel to Reissue Album, Play Detroit Bar

    ​Indie-glitch recording artist Dntel (aka producer Jimmy Tamborello) will be stopping by to play some metro-licks on Aug. 2 at Detroit Bar. It will be just in time for him to promote the 10th anniversary reissue of his debut album Life is Full of Possibilities, which Pitchfork Media reported today ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Death Cab for Cutie at El Rey Theatre Last Night

    Mi TranBen Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie​Death Cab for CutieJune 7, 2011El Rey Theatre, Los AngelesThe line to get into the Death Cab for Cutie show at El Rey Theatre stretched out nearly to the end of the block on Wilshire Boulevard, as those lucky enough to get tickets waited impatiently to get ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Eight Things You Probably Didn't Know About Aloe Blacc

    ​We've made no bones about our affection for Aloe Blacc in the past. There are several intriguing subjects to cover when it comes to the Laguna Hills-bred troubadour born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III: his days in indie hip-hop outfit Emanon; his transition from MC into a traditional soul vocalist; ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    Alien or Abductee? Five Extraterrestial Musicians (Other Than Sammy Hagar)

    ​This week, former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar claimed that he had been abducted by aliens. Overnight, lame jokes about Hagar suffering from tequila-induced psychosis flooded the Internet and open-mic comedy stages, positioning the laid-back "I Can't Drive 55" singer as buffoon of the month. F ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Death Cab for Cutie Announce New Tour to Support 'Codes and Keys'

    ​Missed Ben Gibbard and the rest of indie-emo prototypes Death Cab for Cutie? Their new album Codes and Keys will be out on May 31. They make a Southern California stop on June 7 at the El Rey theater.

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    November 10, 2010

    WTF of the Week: Death Cab for Cutie Get Photo Book​WTF?Pitchfork reported yesterday that famed rock & roll photographer Autumn de Wilde will release a bound collection featuring 200 images of the indie kings, Death Cab for Cutie.Wilde has released such tomes in the past--including a book chronicling the introspective, ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Five Indie Sell Outs: Does Anyone Really Care Anymore?

    Andrew YoussefPearl Jam at the Gibson Amphitheater last September​There was a time when leveling the word "sellout" at a band was the equivalent of pinning a scarlet letter to a musician's leather jacket. For some of those bands who made it big in the '90s, fame was ostensibly a lamentable state o ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Ranking Owl City Among Rock's Most Egregious Ripoffs

    Pamela Littky​There are many reasons to dislike Owl City, the electro tweepop project spearheaded by Owatonna, Minnesota 23-year-old Adam Young. For one thing the moniker is horrible. You can name yourself after a town or a continent - say, Boston or Chicago or Europe - but you can't name yoursel ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Five Balloon Boy Jams!

    ​Since we know he's OK and all that by this point, this is in good taste, right?

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    October 15, 2009

    Owl City

    House of Blues

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    July 6, 2009

    Last Night: Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, the New Pornographers at the Hollywood Bowl

    Just watch the fireworks.Last Night: Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara and the New Pornographers at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; July 5, 2009.Better than: Staying home and celebrating the Fifth of July, the sacred holiday commemorating the cloning of Dolly the Sheep in 1996.Minor celebrity s ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    Talk Talk: Justin Kennedy of Army Navy (Part 2)

    Travis SchneiderOur talk with Army Navy's Justin Kennedy was lengthy enough to (hopefully!) justify two separate blog posts--last time we talked about the LA band's return to Orange County and the acts that helped shape their refined pop sound, this time we talk about their excellent self-titled deb ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Army Navy

    Yost Theater

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    February 19, 2009
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    January 27, 2009

    Cold War Kids, Matt Costa to Tour with Death Cab for Cutie

    Death Cab for Cutie--led by the newly slimmed down (and engaged to Zooey Deschanel) Ben Gibbard--are going back on tour this spring in support of last year's Narrow Stairs, and they're getting help from two acts from 'round here; Long Beach-based Cold War Kids and Huntington Beach singer/songwriter ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Musical Advent Calendar: Death Cab for Cutie, 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)'

    At this point, who hasn't covered the Phil Spector co-written classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"? Mariah Carey sang it on her 1994 Merry Christmas album, U2 on the 1987 Christmas compilation A Very Special Christmas. Original singer Darlene Love performs the tune every year on "The Late Sho ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008
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    September 27, 2007

    The Cobain of His Existence

    About a Son’s Director Portrays the Late Nirvana Front Man Through Other People’s Music

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    September 6, 2007

    CD Review

    Various Artists, Kurt Cobain: About a Son (Barsuk)

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    August 23, 2007
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    August 23, 2007

    Diamonds, Schmiamonds

    Holiday Entertaining Cooking Class

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    July 26, 2007

    Kurt Cobain: Far From Forgotten

    Director A.J. Schnack will be releasing his new documentary Kurt Cobain: About A Son in early October. The film will consist of scenic footage from the Washington cities Aberdeen, Olympia and Seattle (where Cobain lived), along with audio recordings done from a series of interviews conducted by jour ... More >>

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    January 18, 2007

    Locals Only

    Breath of Life

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    October 16, 2003