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ATP Rocks the Catskills

Reporting live from Kutsher's, starring a loud-as-hell My Bloody Valentine

An extended silence sets the packed Stardust Ballroom on edge. One of the site's main benefits is the lack of a decibel limit; the walls of speakers loom ominous. The moment My Bloody Valentine saunter on, it's as if the intervening years never happened: Kevin Shields and band remain as blurry and androgynous as they seemed in their videos from 120 Minutes. And that sound . . . it's of a physicality beyond belief. I won't be using adjectives like "face-melting" and "head-expanding" lightly ever again. If anything, the feedback the band looses and channels during the 20 or so minutes of "You Made Me Realize" conjures a leviathan, wholly beyond human scale, nonchalantly making vertebrae, innards, and skulls vibrate throughout the room. Behind the din, the band is a tad rusty, but whatever: The chance to experience MBV after nearly 20 years feels not merely priceless, but ageless.

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