Death Cab embrace the emotional core

There are longer roads from The O.C., but Death Cab for Cutie have wisely kept their sonic roots in the Great Northwest. Despite their great early-'00s success stemming from the popular drama (remember reedy Seth Cohen? Boy couldn't shut up about Transatlanticism) and the ensuing mainstream hoopla, the introspective pop-rockers from Washington retain their cuttingly personal lyricism and inversely grand, lush production on seventh album Codes & Keys (out yesterday). Real pop talent can go Hollywood without losing its universality; credit due to singer Ben Gibbard and guitarist-producer Chris Walla for shaping their band from a college-radio secret to a massive success that still seems a special discovery. With fellow Washingtonites the Lonely Forest.
Wed., June 1, 9 p.m., 2011