I loved the Sea and Cake from the start upon first hearing Sam Prekop’s sweet phrasing on “Jacking the Ball” from the band’s 1994 debut album. They were part of a wave of lilting, intricately trippy bands that came out of Chicago in what was called the “post-rock” era, a term that originated with the all-instrumental band Tortoise. The two bands actually share a couple of members, most notably drummer John McEntire. Since, the Sea and Cake have released several gorgeous little albums, including 2012’s Runner, which continues in the same vein of tight pop songs, with a tinge of electronica. The Sea and Cake, with opener Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, play on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 N. Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma. 8pm. $16. 707.765.2121.