I'm super thrilled to see Stars of the Lid tonight! They've been one of my favorite bands for some time now, and they rarely tour. Plus, it's part of the superb Wordless Music Series, which has been responsible for some of the best shows I've seen in recent years. They pair more classically-minded musicians like Michael Harrison or Max Richter or Nico Muhly with artists that are (for want of a better term) more "indie rock" (Grizzly Bear, Beirut, etc.) in grand settings like the gorgeous Society for Ethical Culture. I can't think of a band better-suited to this format than SoTL.
Word has it the recent shows, for which the duo is accompanied by a string ensemble and a projectionist, have been spectacular. Tonight's show is at the Good Shepherd-Faith Church, and I can't think of a better reason to sit in a pew!
From their most recent double-album, And the Refinement of the Decline:
From the rare, tour-only release, Carte-de-Visite (download):