Now that Death Cab for Cutie have had some time to soak up some of the mainstream acceptance they've picked up over the last few years, could it be that they've stopped being melancholy? New single "You Are a Tourist" trades some of Death Cab's gloomier traits for a new lease on life, all you-can-turn-it-around optimism and plucky guitars. It's not a bad sound, but it's hard to say if Ben Gibbard's uncharacteristic good mood will persist for an entire album. If you're curious, a live peek at the material from the upcoming Codes and Keys could answer your questions. With the Lonely Forest. 18+.
Sat., May 21, 6 p.m., 2011