This Los Angeles-based band is a study in orchestral beauty. Even when stings aren't employed, the arrangements hint at a symphonic largess and brooding complexity, quite beautiful in their seemingly stark strain. This is music of deep thought and exquisite execution. The Airborne Toxic Event is a lovely ride outside the fenced in confines of contemporary music.
Airborne Toxic Event performs with Unlikely Candidates and American Authors on Friday, September 13, 7 p.m., at the Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St. $25-$30. rochestermainstreetarmory.com.