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My Bloody Valentine unleashes a divine din

My Bloody Valentine brought its deafening signature sound to the House of Blues Thursday.
My Bloody Valentine brought its deafening signature sound to the House of Blues Thursday.Anna Meldal Maureen

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Thursday night’s assembly for seminal shoegaze progenitors My Bloody Valentine at the House of Blues was a study in contrasts: The nearly sold-out crowd was a mix of shaggy grown-ups likely weaned on cassettes of what was then called “college rock,” alongside hundreds of comparably young things riding the second or third wave of nu-gaze (via bands like Tamaryn, Mahogany, and No Joy). Innocence and experience, all blocking their ears to be able to hear.

And throughout their lengthy, career-spanning set, My Bloody Valentine’s sound bore out the tension captured by its name — a captivating, ferocious blend of tenderness and savagery.

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