My Bloody Valentine
Kevin Shields and the rest of My Bloody Valentine achieved an unprecedented level of studio-rat wizardry with 1991's Loveless. Then the now-immortal collection of distortion bombs turned out to be their last album for two decades. During the interim, their primordial shoegaze aesthetic — built from a tool kit of hacksaw guitar riffs, epicene vocals, and muddy percussion — was mined by countless young bands. But the four-piece out of Dublin finally reclaimed the sound with January's m b v, possibly the heaviest non-metal album of the year. From the midtempo stomper "Only Tomorrow" to the battering "Nothing Is," it's another record of bone-crunching, emotionally transcendent force. More importantly, nobody else could have made it.
Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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