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Ben Gibbard: Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA 11/13/2012

While this concert revealed the inconsistent quality of his recent solo work, and also exposed just how central Death Cab For Cutie’s instrumentation is to the power of their songs, Ben Gibbard put on a thoroughly enjoyable and downright exquisite performance.

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Tour Dates: A Serving Of Hot Tuna

Back in 1969, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady originally started Hot Tuna as a side project to play some live dates during Jefferson Airplane’s hiatus, as Grace Slick recovered from

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Cover Wars: District Sleeps Alone Tonight

It has been seven years since The Postal Service released Give Up and I still listen to it at least once a month. The obvious choice for a Cover Wars would have been Such Great Heights with the likes of Iron & Wine and Ben Folds likely to battle it out for the win, but when I sat down to write it, I figured I’d pick a different tune on the record so we could delve a bit more into obscurity. What follows is an interesting collection where the professionally recorded takes are not necessarily superior to the do-it-yourself YouTube sensations. Have a listen below to six different covers of the opening track to what will hopefully not be the only ever LP from The Postal Service.

Cover Wars

The Contestants:

English singer Frank Turner leads us off this week with a solo acoustic version available on his release Source: First Three Years.


Turner performing a live version:

READ ON for the scoop on the rest of this week’s contestants…

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Friday Mix Tape: On The Road

As much of the HT staff takes to the road this weekend for some of Phish’s Northeast run, thought we’d dedicate this week’s Mix Tape to the art of the

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Benjamin Gibbard, Jay Farrar: One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Music from Kerouac’s Big Sur

While working on the soundtrack to the movie One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur;  Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard decided to develop their collaboration to include more original songs (and some selected concerts) based on the Beat avatar's writings. The CD resulting from their mutual interest, unfortunately, is a mixed bag.

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Tour Dates: Back To School

Every fall for the last 20+ years legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young has assembled an all-star roster of musicians for a charity concert to benefit the Bridge School – which assists

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