Death Cab for Cutie

NEW DIRECTION: Though Ben Gibbard, sitting, and his bandmates insist they made no conscious attempt to challenge their fans' expectations, their upcoming album, "Narrow Stairs," represents something of a left turn for Death Cab: Where 2005's "Plans" emphasized the band's well-known knack for pretty, introspective indie pop, the new CD explores thornier, noisier territory. Read the story: A sharp turn for Death Cab for Cutie
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