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    My Bloody Valentine at the Santa Monica Civic

    December 22nd, 2008

    My Bloody Valentine at the Santa Monica Civic, 2008.
    Photo by Randy Randall.

    Santa Monica, California
    Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    Sit back, kick your shoes off and I’ll tell you a little story. It’s a tale of two friends, who will remain nameless, and two shows: My Bloody Valentine at The Palace in Hollywood, California on July 5, 1992 and at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on October 1, 2008. My Bloody Valentine was born in London (by way of Dublin) in 1984 and, by the end of that decade, became the flagship band in a sea of rock called shoegaze, which is a form of modern psychedelia featuring a pounding, repetitive rhythm section smeared with layers of heavily effected, distorted guitars and serene, melodic vocals buried deep in the mix. After releasing their universally acclaimed masterpiece, Loveless, in 1991, the band embarked on a tour the following year.

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