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The Warlocks

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Call it the Come to Jesus (and Mary Chain) Tour. This shoegaze-worshiping triple bill features a troika of bands that could all play at the same time with no one the wiser. (In the shoegaze realm, this is what passes for a compliment.) The musical movement's hallmarks — forged in the 1980s by U.K. bands like JAMC, made fashionable in the '90s by Irish contemporaries My Bloody Valentine and favored by arrhythmic head-nodders everywhere — were layered, droning guitar effects barely augmented by layered, droning, reverb-laden vocals that more closely approximated a single six-minute-long moan. Today, there are wispy, pop-influenced shoegaze bands like Brooklyn's Pains of Being Pure at Heart (visiting One Eyed Jacks in September) and lumbering, hard-rock-leaning ones like L.A.'s Warlocks, whose doomsayer May release The Mirror Explodes (Tee Pee) could only be more ominous if more words were intelligible. Australia's Morning After Girls and Brooklyn's Vandelles pump up the volume. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Warlocks

10 p.m. Thu., Aug. 20

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361; www.oneeyedjacks.net


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