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Five years ago, the sound engineer of Death Cab for Cutie named this one of his three favorite concert halls. And the audiophiles who run the place have upgraded the system since then, using computer analysis to remove all possible dead spots. No wonder, then, that the intimate venue has hosted such major acts as the Foo Fighters, Phish, R.E.M., Josh Ritter, and Stephen Stills.