When: Sat., June 18, 12 p.m. 2011
The recent rising tide of shoegaze nostalgia has lifted all sorts of boats—My Bloody Valentine has overtaken Joy Division as underground rock's most frequently name-checked band, for instance, and an unexpected number of critics have gushed over the reissue of Astrobrite's obscure classic Crush. To severely stretch the metaphor, this tide has also inspired other boats to reunite after prolonged hiatuses, to the delight of what seem to be much larger fan bases than they enjoyed the first time around. Take Britain's Swervedriver. Their 1993 album, Mezcal Head (reissued by Sony in 2008), has long had a cult following among experimental-minded ax wielders thanks to guitarist Jimmy Hartridge and vocalist-guitarist Adam Franklin, who showed a heroic lack of restraint with effects pedals in making their walls of dissonant-yet-melodic sound. Judging by the amount of excitement the group encountered during their reunion set at Coachella in 2008, the "cult" tag no longer applies. —Miles Raymer Swervedriver headlines the first night of Taste of Randolph Street. Here We Go Magic, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, In Tall Buildings, Statues of Liberty, and Bandoleros open. 12:30 PM, Randolph between Peoria and Racine, $10.