Ben Gibbard to play Noise Pop, be ready for possible Death Cab for Cutie preview 

If you start doing the math, it will add up pretty clearly.

Why is Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard suddenly materializing out of a long hibernation to close Noise Pop next Sunday at the Great American Music Hall?

You guessed it — the band is also returning with a brand-new album May 31, “Codes And Keys,” coupled with a headlining slot at this year’s Sasquatch Festival on May 28. Which should make for a very intriguing Bay Area show, with some possible previews of new material.

The Grammy-nominated outfit was last heard from via “Meet Me On The Equinox,” their ethereal contribution to the 2009 soundtrack for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”

The last full-lengther before that was the more experimental-minded “Narrow Stairs” in 2008, part of which was composed at a Big Sur cabin once occupied by one of Gibbard’s heroes, Jack Kerouac.

So it makes perfect sense that DCFC will also be explaining their work in great detail when they tape an upcoming episode of VH1’s “Storytellers” series. An American tour will begin, post-Sasquatch.

But why wait?

Head down to Noise Pop and investigate “Codes And Keys” several months early.

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