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My Bloody Valentine

Despite their reputation for crushingly loud concerts, My Bloody Valentine can be surprisingly understated on wax—creative lead Kevin Shields apparently had the foresight to realize that shoegaze would need to provide both spectacle and introspection simultaneously. Last year’s m b v, their first album in over 20 years, updates the fuzz so it sounds as if it’s obscuring an important message coming from a million miles away. Good luck figuring it out through your earplugs.

Mon., Nov. 11, 8 p.m.; Tue., Nov. 12, 8 p.m., 2013

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RAW POWER

This weekend, the Brooklyn-based magazine 1.21 Gigawatts celebrates its first anniversary by throwing its own Gigawatts Festival, a two-day showcase of 20 of the magazine’s favorite up-and-coming artists. Its four homegrown headliners each show off their own subset of the quirky, art-saturated world the publication dwells in: Team Spirit espouses unique poppy garage rock; Total Slacker balance brittle guitars with lush vocals; Heaven’s Gate present a clearer-eyed vision of My Bloody Valentine’s noise swirls; and guitar-driven indie rockers Dead Stars claim all the warmth their spacey namesakes lack. Though the magazine’s name might be inspired by Back to the Future, hoverboards will not be required for entry.

Fri., July 5, 5 p.m., 2013

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Ringo Deathstarr

Very possibly a bad acid flashback in the original Ringo Starr’s mind, the Texas-based rockers Ringo Deathstarr play spacey, psychedelic indie-rock that has more in common with My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus & Mary Chain than the Beatles or the All-Starr Band. What’s refreshing is that the band has the look to match their sound. Their homemade videos of playing on the beach (“Kaleidoscope”) and wiggling around balloons in a green room (“Some Kind of Sad”) could fit comfortably on VH1 Classic next to that ’90s video of the Pixies slowly running down a quarry. With Vandelles, Heaven, and Dead Leaf Echo.

Sun., July 3, 9 p.m., 2011

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The Depreciation Guild

Could the Jesus and Mary Chain have rocked harder if they added a Nintendo power glove to the mix? The Pains of Being Pure at Heart side project the Depreciation Guild aims to prove that hypothesis, mixing 1/2 fuzz with 1/2 bedroom angst of the Super Mario Bros variety. Though newer tracks (such as the My Bloody Valentine-perfect single “Blue Lily”) have lessened the power-up sound effects for an ethereal shoegaze, the Depreciation Guild create the perfect makeout soundtrack for those who rarely leave their bedrooms. With the Click Clack Boom and the Vanguard.

Sat., Jan. 15, 8 p.m., 2011

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Chapterhouse

Last year these British shoegaze OGs played their first show since the mid ’90s, joining My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain in showing their blog-buzzed nu-gaze successors how it’s done. Chapterhouse were scheduled to play New York in May, but then that volcano in Iceland erupted. Talk about impenetrable atmospherics. With Ulrich Schnauss.

Sun., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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‘The Blackened Music Series Presents Boris+Torche’

Known for their innovative wallops, Japan’s doom-y dreamweavers Boris are nine kinds of heavy. Past works have explored MC5-like squall, Sabbath-esque sludge, and My Bloody Valentine-tinged psychedelia, so collaborations are no surprise. Check out the upcoming pair-up with the Cult’s Ian Astbury and the most excellent and eclectic new EP with tourmates Torche, a band just as likely to pair the hammer to your head with sugar cubes and daffodils. With Russian Circles.

Fri., Aug. 6, 9 p.m., 2010

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ROCK RX

Generation Records is a rock stalwart in the Village—everyone remembers buying that punk record there, or at least that grossly oversize My Bloody Valentine T-shirt. Ted Leo is a vet of ’80s New York hardcore (Citizen’s Arrest, Animal Crackers) and ’90s D.C. mod revival (Chisel) who has since channeled his considerable charm into his Pharmacists’ erudite, accessible pop-rock. At this free solo acoustic show, he’ll air out some tracks from The Brutalist Bricks, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists’ sixth LP—go, because showing your East Coast cred is rarely this convenient.

Thu., June 17, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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FIXED Presents Pantha Du Prince+Dada Life

Pantha du Prince has harnessed an intimate knowledge of My Bloody Valentine’s shoegaze and Detroit techno’s bass programming to create the sort of dance music that makes both indie fans and house heads fall all over themselves. His career seems to have culminated with his 2007 Dial album, This Bliss, but he’s quietly still going strong, enlisting Animal Collective and LCD Soundsystem members on recent releases. Dada Life are a couple hysterical Swedes who turn the worst of electrohouse and trance into something oddly enjoyable. With residents JDH and Dave P.

Thu., June 17, 10 p.m., 2010

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Autolux

For many aging indie rockers, the ultimate dream band would be like the soundtrack to a cuddle party starring Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine. Well, aged hipster, point your downloading finger over yonder: L.A. trio Autolux are very nearly that band. Featuring the guitarist from cult rockers Failure, the ‘Lux conjure smart and enchanting shoegaze-d pop that, most importantly, isn’t retreading. Where’s the new album already? A teaser single (“Audience No. 2”) was released over a year ago! With Sleepy Sun and Bridezilla.

Mon., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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Acid Mothers Temple

This Japanese psychedelic troupe is headed for The Guinness Book of Records for either A) the most albums released (approximately 70 since 1996) or B) the most pun-filled album titles ever (Starless and Bible Black Sabbath or Born to Be Wild in the USA 2000, anyone?). In either case, they’ll provide a more mind-blowing experience than jam-band godheads the Dead or the Allman Bros can muster nowadays. As with noise mavens My Bloody Valentine, you’ll need earplugs for your earplugs and, if you’re close to the stage, be careful you don’t get tangled in the miles of hair sprouting from the guitarists. With Sonic Suicide Squad and Floating Action.

Fri., April 17, 9 p.m., 2009