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Volume 72, Issue 68, Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Life & Arts

Indie acts make their way to Hobby Center

OK Go to open for Death Cab for Cutie on Thursday night

by RUTHIE RODRIGUEZ
The Daily Cougar

Indie rock concertgoers and pop-rock fans alike can witness Death Cab for Cutie and OK Go as they swing through Houston Thursday. 

OK Go's sound is similar to that of The Cars, Weezer and The Futureheads. You might remember the Chicago-based quartet from this year's MTV Video Music Awards as they performed a synchronized dance set on treadmills to "Here it Goes Again," a hit from the band's 2006 sophomore album, Oh No.

The band's musical energy is showcased in "Here It Goes Again," a song drenched in edgy guitar hooks performed by lead vocalist and guitarist, Damian Kulash. Bass guitarist and vocalist Tim Nordwind and drummer Dan Konopka execute choppy, syncopated rhythms topped with Andy Ross' quirky performance of synthesized keys and guitar.

The song, which highlights the band's strong points and stage chemistry, will surely leave Thursday night's concertgoers enthused after the opening set. 

Death Cab for Cutie will perform a much-anticipated, yet more laid back headlining set. 

During the past seven years and through five albums, the Seattle-based quartet has managed to gain popularity among the indie music scene while remaining true to the original sound that typified Something About Airplanes, the band's 1998 debut. 

With Plans, the band's 2005 debut for Atlantic Records, Death Cab managed to hit the U.S. album chart at No. 4 with nearly 90,000 copies sold during the album's first week on shelves. 

In "I Will Follow You Into the Dark," frontman Ben Gibbard, known for his songwriting skills, captures somber emotion with tender vocals and light guitar in the sentimental ballad about an old couple facing their final moments yet not being afraid of dying, knowing that if one partner dies the other will follow. 

On "Your Heart is an Empty Room," electric guitarist Christopher Walla offers an edgier element to the band's sound. The piece maintains a romantic feel while drummer Jason McGerr and bassist Nick Harmer fill in a steady bass line. 

Fans of Gibbard's synth-savvy side project, The Postal Service, another equally worthy indie rock band, should check out the Death Cab show even if the band seems to border on sappy at times. 

Tickets are $28. For more information, call (713) 315-2400 or visit www.thehobbycenter.org. 

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