If ever there were a band that was greater than the sum of their parts, it’s Stereolab. From precise motorik beats to lush French harmonies to discomfiting noises straight from the depths of the Broken Flag label, it’s a whole new era for the band — one that’s been gently percolating, in a way, since Stereolab’s harmonious cornerstone Mary Hansen died in a cycling accident 17 years ago. Entering their 30th year as a going concern, the band — now a quintet with founders and lifers Tim Gane, Andy Ramsay and Lætitia Sadier, along with new hires Xavier Muñoz Guimera on bass and Joe Watson on keys — sees seven of their albums (the ones Americans caught when Stereolab was on Elektra) now reissued on the redoubtable Warp label. Also tonight: the dulcet scree and hi-frequency wallow of Wand.

Stereolab plays with Wand at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 20 at the Ace Hotel.

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