Ben GIbbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Photo by Renee McMahon.
Death Cab for Cutie
Where: Main Stage
When: Sunday, 9:15 p.m.
Between the fantastic lighting and and perfect melody, Death Cab for Cutie's set was utter and complete ecstasy. After leaving 20 minutes early I was almost worried there would be no encore, but never fear: they closed out with a four song run of "Title and Registration," "No Sunlight," "Tiny Vessels" and "Transatlanticism," and the fireworks raining down from the scaffolding made it a near-religious experience. Part of me wishes I'd seen Death Cab on a smaller stage in the not-so-long-ago era of The Crocodile, but the other half of me knows they deserve the glitz and giant mainstage bill... and there's no band I'd rather see to close out Bumbershoot '08.