Las Vegas Weekly
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HAT SARAH SAID" (Plans, 2005) Generally speaking, there are two types of Death Cab for Cutie fans: Those who prefer 2003 concept album Transatlanticism and those who favor the band's platinum-selling major label debut, Plans. The ninth song o the latter is a piano-heavy ballad that displays Ben Gibbard's penchant for crafting clever lyrics. He sings, "Amongst the vending machines and year-old magazines in a place where we only say goodbye." Who knew a waiting room could be so interesting? "NO ROOM IN FRAME" (Kintsugi, 2015) The opening track from Death Cab's eighth studio album puts the band's reappearing Krautrock undertones to the forefront. It begins with a haunting instrumental snippet that transitions into woven, syncopated guitars that wave throughout. It's the perfect balance between eclectic experimentation and traditional song structures. "SCIENTIST STUDIES" (We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, 2000) Gibbard and his mates willfully risked the sophomore-slump tag by deciding against releasing a single for full-length No. 2. Perhaps that's because it's a concept album about a ruined relationship. Either way, it's a shame; "Scientist Studies" features some of Gibbard and Chris Walla's most intricate guitar work. The pummeling, lengthy climax is the cherry on top. "THIS CHARMING MAN" (You Can Play These Songs With Chords, 2002) Yes, they covered The Smiths, and yes, they did it well. The rambunctious cover of an already-upbeat classic is faithful, from the growling bass licks to Gibbard's mimic of Morrissey's high-pitched yelp before the third verse. But there's one welcome change: Rather than emulate Johnny Marr's lyrical leads during the verses, Gibbard opts for syncopated, distorted upbeats—exposing the angsty undertones of an old favorite. –Ian Caramanzana "W THE WEEKLY PLAYLIST long for those fences to mend, especially with Patterson [Hood]. He and I were really good friends from the start, and I've been close with his dad, longer than I've known Patterson. We go way back. I was really happy for them with this new album, because I felt like they really captured who they were. I think they outgrew any sort of irony that they might have hidden behind in the early days of that band and were really able to make an album that encapsulated what it was like to grow up as Patterson and [Mike] Cooley in North Alabama. For more of our interview with Isbell, visit lasvegasweekly.com. JASON ISBELL with Trea Crowder. March 16, 7 p.m., $35-$55. House of Blues, 702-632-7600. Jason Isbell (with guitar) and the 400 Unit. (Danny Clinch/Courtesy) DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE with Pure Bathing Culture. March 17, 8 p.m., $25-$45. The Chelsea, 702-698- 7000. NOISE L A S V E G A S W E E K LY 0 3 . 1 6 . 1 7 DEEP CUTS DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE SHOULD PERFORM VEGAS' MOST FUN CASINO WANTS YOU! NOW HIRING PARTY PIT DANCING DEALERS AND BARTENDERS Break into the hospitality industry in a young, dynamic work environment with FREE on-the-job training! AUDITIONS AT 5:30PM TUESDAY-SATURDAY GOLDEN GATE HOTEL & CASINO Applicants must audition in dance-wear, GoGo attire or swimwear.