Midlake have never been a band in a big hurry to get where they're going, with their hushed, leisurely songs often taking a while to fully sink in before gradually delivering a full reveal. The Denton, Texas, quintet have crafted an exquisite new record, The Courage of Others, whose distinguished songs will surely be showcased throughout their performance at the Cedar, as well as those from their 2006 breakthrough, The Trials of Van Occupanther. Their new songs seem to be a bit divisive to those who don't have the patience for Midlake's slow-burning sound, but for fans of the band's sedate manner, the new record proves to be an assertive continuation of the group's strong songwriting and understated, proficient musicianship. Their evocative lyrics transport listeners to the mystical woodlands that frontman Tim Smith sings fondly of; just allow your restless thoughts to cease and let the tranquil sounds of the band carry you away. Also on the bill is Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), whose solo shows have proved not only how gifted a songwriter he is, but also how much his former band is truly missed, while former Czars frontman John Grant opens the show with a new set of songs he's been working on with Midlake's assistance. All ages.
Tue., May 25, 7 p.m., 2010