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As seen on July 4th at Meadowbrook Music Theater in Rochester MI. It was an outdoor venue and I got stuck on the lawn which was a pain but the music still ruled.
1Maps & Atlases
Perch Patchwork

Well, the music mostly ruled. Maps & Atlases have always had a hard time with
their live show and this show was no exception. The percussion frequently drowned
out the whispery vocals of Dave Davison- who was derided from the lawn for
looking like a girl. I showed up a bit late so I missed a lot of the set, but I saw Solid
Ground, which sounded pretty nice.
2City and Colour
Little Hell

Around 1/5 of the crowd was Canadians there to see City and Colour so Dallas
Green decided to wish them a Happy Canada Day and us Americans "Happy America
Day." Kind of a dick move but whatever. He put on a great show- engaging the
Death Cab crowd early with singles Coming Home and Sleeping Sickness played
early rather than closing. After that, Dallas played a lot of stuff from Little Hell and
didn't look back- not even to play "Save Your Scissors," much to my chagrin. The
set was a bit too long, but his rendition of Grand Optimist was downright brilliant.
Also, a couple got engaged during Sorrowing Man, which kind of threw Dallas off.
After the initial communication error of him shouting to the lawn about what the hell
is going on he congratulated them and kept going. Pretty cool moment I guess.
Dallas also won the award for Outfit of the Day with a killer sun hat.
3Death Cab for Cutie
Codes and Keys

I was there to see Death Cab play I'll Follow You Into the Dark and didn't care
much what they did after that (I heard they were opening with it). Although my
information nugget proved false, the hype I had heard for their live show was all
true. Definitely one of the best sets I've ever seen. Ben Gibbard has unbelievable
energy live, his legs often vibrating because he's forced to stand at his microphone,
and his voice is pitch-perfect throughout the night. The set list was also a work of
art, with Gibbard & co. transitioning seamlessly from opener Lightness to live epic I
Will Possess Your Heart to fan-favorite Crooked Teeth without missing a beat. Most
of the smoothness can be attributed to drummer Jason McGerr, who holds the band
together effortlessly and is really underrated considering what he does. The set
was an excellent mixture of songs spanning the band's whole career- with almost as
many songs coming from Plans and Transatlanticism as from Narrow Stairs and
Codes and Keys. Each song was precisely executed and ended with a humble
"Thank you so much" from Gibbard, who performed triple duty as guitarist, pianist
and even drummer during "We Looked Like Giants." It was he who ultimately stole
the show, playing my beloved "I'll follow You into the Dark" as the first song of the
encore. Lit with only purple backlights and with the entire crowd standing and
singing along with him, Gibbard hit every note and, although everyone was singing,
kept the attention on him so that all you could hear was him. Honestly one of the
most beautiful things I'd ever seen- even beating the fireworks accented
performance of Marching Bands of Manhattan not five minutes earlier. The only true
misstep was closing with Sound of Settling and neglecting to play Soul Meets Body
but a very minor complaint from a band who astounded for 90 consecutive minutes
and made even the fireworks look dull by comparison.
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