Editors' pick

The Postal Service, Ra Ra Riot

Indie
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Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and electronic artist Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) continue to spin gold with the Postal Service, their 10-year-old collaboration that yielded just one album, "Give Up." The band name refers to the duo's preferred method for songwriting: Each would record his part onto Memorex CDs and pop them in the mail. The result was nothing short of alchemy. With Gibbard's affected lyricism and Tamborello's soaring electronic score, "Give Up" emerged as one of the most memorable albums of the 2000s, with catchy ear candy from beginning to end (much of it serving as the score for all variety of TV commercials and movie soundtracks). For the album's 10th anniversary, "Give Up" has been reissued and the duo is touring. Expect a familiar face at their Merriweather show: The Postal service's touring musicians include a former D.C. chanteuse, Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds.
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