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Slowdive, Low 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Recommended Image

When: Thu., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. 2014

If you soaked up Slowdive’s set at this year’s Pitchfork festival, or at least got close enough to the stage to wade in the fringes of its delay-heavy fog, it probably occurred to you that the band’s melting, droning shoegaze hit a little harder in that weekend’s mild weather than it would have if it’d been forced to compete with oppressive heat. But even a perfectly pleasant outdoor festival isn’t the best way to see this recently reunited English outfit, which morphed into Mojave 3 in ’95 after moving in a more experimental, ambient direction—a show in a theater, like this one, allows the music to blanket the audience instead of just breezing past them. Slowdive’s masterpiece, Souvlaki, still sounds as distant and hazy as it did in 1993. Even as you feel like you’re getting a grip on Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell’s nonchalant, dragging guitars and shaggy-haired vocals, they withdraw deeper into la-la land—an aesthetic reflected in the spectacularly aloof lyrics of “40 Days,” which includes the lines, “If I saw something good, I guess I wouldn’t worry / If I saw something good, I guess I wouldn’t care.” —Kevin Warwick

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