Death Cab For Cutie to Tour With Orchestra

Death Cab for Cutie at Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, 2011.

Around the release of "Codes and Keys" last May, Death Cab For Cutie told Billboard that they were hoping to bring an orchestra on tour at some point, in order to more fully recreate their strings-tinged 2011 album. It seems the idea has finally come to fruition: The Washington state rockers announced today that they will take Magik*Magik Orchestra out on a month-long North American tour this spring.

The small San Francisco-based orchestra contributed all of the string arrangements on "Codes and Keys" and accompanied Death Cab on the band's 2011 VH1 "Storytellers" special. Indie rockers Youth Lagoon will also be on the road with DCFC and Magik*Magik, opening the tour from April 27 onward; an opener for the first half of the tour to be announced soon.

"It would be really fun to take Magik*Magik Orchestra out, but unfortunately, it is kind of a nightmare to try and figure it out," Death Cab guitarist and producer Chris Walla told last year. "It's sort of turned into the Polyphonic Spree dilemma. You can make a living or you can play with an orchestra. They're totally mutually exclusive -- you almost can't do one and the other. But, I do think that we'll be able to do some shows with Magik*Magik somewhere at some point, even if it's not a full tour."

And yet, they found a way to make it work, nearly a year after the release of "Codes and Keys," which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Full tour dates for Death Cab For Cutie with Magik*Magik Orchestra:

April 10: Denver, Colo. (Ellie Caulkins Opera House)
April 11: Omaha, Neb. (Music Hall)
April 13: Louisville, Ky. (Louisville Palace)
April 14: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Calvin College)
April 15: Milwaukee, Wis. (Riverside Theatre)
April 16: Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Theatre)
April 19: Toronto, Ontario (Massey Hall)
April 20: Montreal, Quebec (Eglise St-Jean Baptiste)
April 21: Boston, Mass. (Wang Theatre

April 23: Providence, Ri (Veterans Memorial Auditorium)
April 24: Buffalo, NY (Kleinhans Music Hall)
April 25: Upper Darby, PA (Tower Theater)
April 27: New York, N.Y. (Beacon Theatre)
April 30: North Bethesda, MD (Strathmore)
May 1: Knoxville, Tenn. (Tennessee Theatre)
May 3: Dallas, Texas (McFarlin Auditorium)
May 4: Austin, Texas (ACL Live)
May 6: Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa Arts Center)

May 7: Los Angeles, Calif. (Disney Hall)

May 9: Oakland, Calif. (Fox Theater; seated show)
May 11:Portland, Or. (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)

May 13: Seattle, Wash. (Paramount Theatre)