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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Owl City

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Such great heights
  • Such great heights

Of course it’s bizarre for Adam Young — who records as Owl City — to claim he’s never heard of the Postal Service. The similarities between Owl City’s Ocean Eyes (which came out last year) and Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard’s side project (which released one album, 2003’s Give Up) are astounding. The skittering laptop beats. The nasally vocals. The indie-pop melodies that skirt the line between delicate and precious. But who knows? Maybe Young and Gibbard got to the same place independently, only six years apart. That doesn’t make Ocean Eyes any less enjoyable (well, maybe a little … ). It was one of last year’s breakout records, made in the basement of the Young family home in small-town Minnesota. It’s breezy, fleeting music, perfect for a summer (or spring) day. “Fireflies,” the album’s first single, has been inescapable since its release last July. It reached No. 1 in a half-dozen countries (including the U.S.), it’s been covered by various YouTubers and American Idol contestants, and you can now hear it when you’re buying bananas or watching TV or waiting in line for a seat in your favorite restaurant. So when does some enterprising kid stuck in his parents’ basement start ripping off Owl City? Owl City play House of Blues. Lights and Paper Route open at 7 p.m. The show is sold out. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

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