Death Cab For Cutie/Tegan & Sara/The New Pornographers @ The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles 7/5/09

While we spent our Independence weekend in very lo-fi environs, Death Cab For Cutie hosted a ritzier affair, inviting fellow indie rock darlings Tegan & Sara and the New Pornos to open their show with the LA Philharmonic, conducted by Beck’s dad David Campbell, at the Hollywood Bowl. Quoth the LA Times:

[A]s the Los Angeles Philharmonic backed Death Cab during its final tune, “Transatlanticism,” Gibbard didn’t need words to help us imagine the pyrotechnics. They were exploding directly over his head.

Awesome! But then:

Yet for all its literal and lyrical fireworks, Sunday’s concert was woefully short on the figurative kind; Death Cab’s hard-won competence ensured a solid show but also a somewhat dull one, with little of the fanfare you’d expect from a band making its Hollywood Bowl debut.

Bummer! Oh well. These shots from photographer Andrew Youssef make it look fairly epic, at least. We’ve got some video too…