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The Postal Service 

When: Fri., July 26, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $45
At this year’s Coachella festival, Ben Gibbard introduced the trio behind the anthemic 2003 album Give Up as “an imaginary band called The Postal Service.” As most now know, the band — composed of Gibbard, Jenny Lewis, and Jimmy Tamborello, each prolific solo artists in their own right — only produced that one album, but this year reunited to celebrate its ten-year anniversary and to go on tour. Although I primarily remember Give Up as a sappy, overplayed album with a lot of electronic bleepity bloops, the album sounded outrageously good at Coachella — nostalgia-inducing, yes, but mostly just incredibly fun to dance to. Too few bands in the indie-rock/electronic-dance spectrum make music that withstands the test of time. And yet, despite the fact that the three members have played few shows together in the last ten years, it’s now clear that the Postal Service was a pioneer of sorts. And you’ll have two opportunities to see it. As a bonus, both shows — held at the Greek Theatre (2001 Gayley Rd., Berkeley) — will have great, if not slightly surprising, supporting acts: Baths will open on both nights, with the addition of Big Freedia on Friday and Divine Fits on Saturday.
— Madeleine Key

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