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Postal Service expand their headphones for Boston

As befits a group that began life not as a flesh-and-blood band but as a pair of friends swapping tracks with one another through the mail, much of the Postal Service’s material has the hermetic headphone feel of songs that were created entirely without the openness of any kind of live performance, even just within the boundaries of a recording studio. But while Wednesday’s show wasn’t necessarily any more organic than the lone album that resulted ten years ago, the band seemed to find a way to expand the headphones to fit the entire Bank Of America Pavilion.

The locked-in programming overseen by Jimmy Tamborello from his computer station was key; the other three musicians mostly played with the intent not of using it as a foundation but of blending in. Ben Gibbard’s familiar croon nestled cozily into the glitchy electro-pop arrangements, and his and Jenny Lewis’s guitars were there mostly to add color, not punch things up.

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