Thursday night's Stars Like Fleas show was, despite some equipment malfunctions and the frustration of an 8-piece band trying to hear itself in a 2-monitor venue, stupendously good. Without losing any of what was cool about them to begin with, they've put together a batch of new songs that are more sharply defined, melodic, even catchy. The tightest set I've heard them play, hit after hit.
Animal Collective is huge right now. Stars Like Fleas could be bigger.