Of course, there's something that will be sorely missed at these shows, and that's Stereolab co-singer/guitarist Mary Hansen: In December 2002, Hansen was struck and killed while riding her bicycle in London. But her spiritual presence will no doubt be felt onstage as strongly as it is on the band's new full-length, Margerine Eclipse, the first album to be recorded without Hansen in nearly a decade. There's a definite sense of sadness on the record (and in lead singer Laetitia Sadier's voice) when it comes to remembering Hansen, to whom the effort is dedicated. "Feel and Triplet" has lyrics like, "As much as I don't want, I have to say goodbye/ You will sing forever like an angel who flew away." But there are also heavy hearts for the general dark days of our world, particularly on songs such as "La Demeure" and "The Man With 100 Cells," which question the blindness of modern-day human nature. It sounds as if the music has taken on a therapeutic role for the band, a quality that translates into a certain comfort for the listener.