Singer Ben Gibbard steeled himself for the reviews of Monday’s Death Cab for Cutie show at Disney Hall before the set was even over. “Hey, Chris,” he said, turning to his bandmate Chris Walla. “Now that we’re on tour with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, I’m waiting to pick up the paper tomorrow and read that someone called us ‘Baroque pop.’ ”
Well, if Gibbard still buys newspapers, he can take comfort knowing that his collaborative set with the San Francisco chamber group was more early Romantic than Baroque. The quip, however, implied that the Seattle indie rock quartet has hit a stride where it’s self-aware about its talents and how it’s seen in today’s dicey rock firmament. But Gibbard and his bandmates are musically restless enough to want to upend the indie-sweetheart clichés that follow them, and Monday’s set was a worthy, often-successful stab at broadening the group’s range.