After backup singer Mary Hansen's tragic passing last year, many people wondered if Stereolab would be able to continue. The recent release of their newest album, "Margarine Eclipse," answers that question with a resounding "yes."
Stereolab's trademark bright, yet bittersweet pop full of busy beats, whimsical noises, unconventional melodies and lovely harmonies are all present on the album; although one can't help but miss Hansen's sweetly shy counter-tones to Laetitia Sadier's coolly beautiful vocals.
Vastly underappreciated, Stereolab is one of those bands that will someday be looked on as one of the most influential bands of these times.
Tuesday, April 6, 8 p.m., First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N. $15. 332-1775.
In future Ph.D. dissertations on the evolution of DJ culture, DJ Shadow may well go down as one of the most influential figures in experimental instrumental hip-hop. The local genius combines elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, ambient, jazz, soul and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink in his samples.
Friday, April 9, 7 p.m., The Quest, 110 N. 5th St. $25. 338-3383.