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Rockin' at the Knox to feature Death Cab, Phosphorescent, and more

Feb 25, 2019

Rockin' at the Knox 2019 Announced
Credit Courtesy of the Albright Knox Gallery
 The Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced that Death Cab for Cutie will headline the museum’s Rockin’ at the Knox 2019 concert on Sunday, June 16, with special guests Tank and the Bangas and Phosphorescent. Tickets will go on sale exclusively for Albright-Knox Members beginning Wednesday, February 27, at 10 am, through Friday, March 1, at 9 am. General admission tickets will go on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 am. Gates will open at 4 pm, and all tickets include entry to the museum from 4 to 7 pm. Rockin’ at the Knox is presented by M&T Bank. Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington, in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae. Death Cab for Cutie rose from being a side project to becoming one of the most exciting groups on the indie rock scene of the 2000s, with their emotive songwriting and cross-genre sound landing somewhere between indie and emo. They have been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album for 2015’s Kintsugi. Their ninth studio album Thank You for Today is out now. Tank and the Bangas is an American group based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They won the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Naming Tank and the Bangas the 2017 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest for their song "Quick," NPR co-host of All Songs Considered Bob Boilen said, "What won me over about the band's performance of 'Quick' were the interactions among lead singer Tarriona 'Tank' Ball and her bandmates, and the way they seemed to surprise one another. It all felt so organic and on-the-spot." Juror Trey Anastasio of Phish said, "I immediately loved this . . . Tank is a force of nature, just full of joy—and her band is killing in the background.” In the five years since Matthew Houck’s last record as Phosphorescent he fell in love, left New York for Nashville, became a father, built a studio from the ground up by hand, and became a father again. Oh, and somewhere along the way, he nearly died of meningitis. Life, love, new beginnings, death—“it’s laughable, honestly, the amount of ‘major life events’ we could chalk up if we were keeping score,” Houck says. “A lot can happen in five years.” On C’est La Vie, Houck’s first album of new Phosphorescent material since 2013’s gorgeous career-defining and critically acclaimed Muchacho, he takes stock of these changes through the luminous, star-kissed sounds he has spent a career refining.