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Video: Chris Walla Explains the Tragically Hip at Pemberton

July 28, 2008 5:12 PM ET

One of the biggest draws of this weekend's Pemberton festival was Canada's own the Tragically Hip, who are treated as heroes in their own country but are a mystery in the United States. Luckily, Rock Daily caught up with Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla, who explained their importance. Click above for the explanation and some exclusive footage of the Tragically Hip's performance.

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