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Remember 2003, when emo was cool and MySpace was a thing? It was also the year that the pillowy, black plastic glasses-clad frontman of Death Cab For Cutie, Ben Gibbard, put out an emotionally charged, terrifically catchy electro-pop album with producer Jimmy Tamborello under the moniker The Postal Service. From commercials to movie trailers to mix CDs from your high school crush, it was impossible to escape the album’s signature single, “Such Great Heights” (as well as the album’s weepy ode to D.C., “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”). But like most ubiquitous indie albums, the band’s trajectory went from buzzy to annoying in a matter of months, until it faded into oblivion when plans for a much-anticipated second album were scrapped. Ten years later, nostalgia has set in, and the short-lived duo is embarking on an anniversary tour. It’s easy to guess what songs you’ll hear, since they only released 10 of them. But Gibbard and Tamborello are touring with a full band and former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis, so there may be some surprises along the way. Just don’t expect a new album anytime soon.
The Postal Service performs with Ra Ra Riot at 6 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $35–$45. (410) 715-5550. merriweathermusic.com.