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Music, My Bloody Valentine Turns It Down to 11

My Bloody Valentine Turns It Down to 11

There are unmuffled Harley-Davidsons, close-proximity jackhammers, and skull-rattling jet engines. There are shotgun blasts, freeway traffic, and the acute distress of someone shouting in your face. Then there is the sound of My Bloody Valentine in concert. The band amplifies…
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Music, All Shook Down My Bloody Valentine's Colm Ó Cíosóig To Play Free DJ Set This Thursday

My Bloody Valentine's Colm Ó Cíosóig To Play Free DJ Set This Thursday

In case you somehow haven't heard, My Bloody Valentine is back. The Irish shoegaze outfit is on tour behind its new album, the long-awaited m b v, and performs this Friday at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. (Much more on MBV…
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Music, All Shook Down My Bloody Valentine Is Going to Deafen San Francisco in August

My Bloody Valentine Is Going to Deafen San Francisco in August

What's the loudest thing you've ever heard? If your response isn't "a My Bloody Valentine concert," prepare to have it updated. On the heels of releasing their long-awaited third album, mbv, this spring, the Irish blare-merchants are planning a tour…
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Music, The Sickness of the Audiophile: Behind the Obsession with Fancy Gear

The Sickness of the Audiophile: Behind the Obsession with Fancy Gear

On Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, My Bloody Valentine released mbv, the legendary British shoegaze band's follow-up to 1991's Loveless, and a white whale for an entire generation of tone-mangled musicians and fans. Like numerous other geeks of a certain age,…
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Music, All Shook Down My Bloody Valentine's <i>mbv</i>: A First Listen

My Bloody Valentine's mbv: A First Listen

This'll be a bit perverse, but so will every review. I'm not My Bloody Valentine's No. 1 fan but I do love them, and not just the timeless pyramid Loveless. More so than any other critics' band, I've never thought…
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Music, All Shook Down The Top 5 Best (Pro-Lady) Songs About Vagina

The Top 5 Best (Pro-Lady) Songs About Vagina

Lana Del Rey must've known that covering Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" would elicit some sort of a response from Courtney Love, but none of us could've predicted that Love would actually be funny when she Tweeted LDR about it. "You…
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Music, All Shook Down Why My Bloody Valentine's <i>Loveless</i> Isn't as Good as You Think

Why My Bloody Valentine's Loveless Isn't as Good as You Think

In the two decades since its release, My Bloody Valentine's Loveless has become a Teflon-coated favorite; sharp criticism of the album never sticks. So in honor of the '91 classic officially getting the remaster treatment this week (also slated…
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Music, All Shook Down The Bilinda Butchers: Hazy, Seductive New Bedroom Pop from S.F.

The Bilinda Butchers: Hazy, Seductive New Bedroom Pop from S.F.

Alright, so they're called the Bilinda Butchers, which will either infuriate or delight My Bloody Valentine fans out there. (Non-nerds: Bilinda Butcher was the seminal shoegaze band's second vocalist, the one who sang that song you love on the…
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Music, All Shook Down A Father's Day Wishlist: Kiss Hilarity, Glen Hansard Busking, My Bloody Valentine Humming, and More

A Father's Day Wishlist: Kiss Hilarity, Glen Hansard Busking, My Bloody Valentine Humming, and More

Lou Reed set the bar rather low with his idea of the perfect day: sips of sangria in the park, a trip to the zoo, a movie. "It Was a Good Day" also kept it simple, with Ice Cube's…
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Music, Hear This Wild Nothing: Show Preview

Wild Nothing: Show Preview

Those smitten with the 1980s U.K. new-wave epoch now fondly referred to as "postpunk" — especially My Bloody Valentine, the Cure (circa its first three albums), and bands on the legendary 4AD label — will feel as if Wild Nothing…
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Calendar, Night&Day You've Gotta Give 'Em Hope

You've Gotta Give 'Em Hope

The voice of Mazzy Star joins forces with one of My Bloody Valentine, and they're backed up by a sweet and moody Irish indie rock band. Hope Sandoval's most recent record, Through The Devil Softly, was recorded with the partnership…
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A 2010 Playlist for Outer Space (Update on Carl Sagan's '77 List)

New York's Vulture blog recently posted a link to the music Carl Sagan helped provide for robotic probes Voyager 1 and 2 back in the early days of space exploration. According to Lapham's Quarterly, Sagan was part of a curatorial…
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Music, Hear This Get it? Glasgow + Las Vegas

Get it? Glasgow + Las Vegas

Scotland's Glasvegas is the latest in retrofuturism. The band's self-titled debut combines its hometown heroes Jesus and Mary Chain with My Bloody Valentine's shimmering walls of feedback and the surf and fuzz of '60s girl groups. There's a hint of…
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Music, Shoegaze dimmed My Bloody Valentine's brilliance

Shoegaze dimmed My Bloody Valentine's brilliance

Even before the band fell off the face of the Earth in the early '90s, My Bloody Valentine was a legend in the making. Now a reunion tour gives one of the most influential acts of its generation a chance…
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Music, Reviewed No Age

No Age

Nouns, the new record by L.A. band No Age, is the best punk album of the 21st century. The duo's first real full-length release (following last year's singles collection, Weirdo Rippers) taps the place where primal expression collides with harmony…
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Music, Reviewed Cyann & Ben

Cyann & Ben

From the first candied vocal harmonies that float in over a morose bed of guitars and keys on Cyann & Ben's new full-length, the French quartet's shoegazer fixation rings out loud and clear. In the tradition of My Bloody Valentine,…
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Music, Reviewed The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad

A couple months back the Twilight Sad quietly released its self-titled debut to minor, scattered acclaim. Unless you happened to have caught one of the Scottish group's smattering of East Coast shows (including a three-week November residency at Piano's in…
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Music, Reviewed Psychic Ills

Psychic Ills

Psychic Ills is a relatively new quartet from New York developing an indie rock hybrid of Confusion Is Sex-era Sonic Youth (the shattered rhythms and screaming feedback), throbbing psychedelia à la Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine, ghostly reverb-soaked post-punk…
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Music, Reviewed The Boo Radleys

The Boo Radleys

The Boo Radleys were one of the first bands to realize that there wasn't much difference between the sludge of Dinosaur Jr. and the white noise of My Bloody Valentine (at least in 1989). The group made its name infusing…
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Music, Reviewed Sandycoates

Sandycoates

Sometimes the Moore Brothers' music sounds too precious. Yeah, it's nice having our very own version of Simon & Garfunkel, but occasionally the local duo's acoustic melodies feel a bit too brittle, their lyrics too intentionally whimsical. On the other…
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