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Anathema, Alcest, Mamiffer 

When: Sun., Sept. 29, 7 p.m. 2013
Price: $18-20
The subgenre of heavy music known as metalgaze is primarily about blending beauty with brutality; think My Black Metal Valentine and you're floating in the right atmosphere. For the past decade, French band Alcest have arguably been the masters of metalgaze, using shimmering sheets of guitars, dreamily melodic vocals, and occasional harsh screams to illuminate a fantasy world from the childhood of principal member Neige. Alcest's sound culminated (so far) on 2012's Les Voyages de l'Âme, a blissful masterpiece of melancholic mood music that found Neige shifting closer to pure shoegaze than ever before, with stunning results. And it sounds like the band's next record—the highly anticipated Shelter, due out in 2014—will travel further into the fuzz. "For the coming album... I have been really inspired by Slowdive," Neige told the music blog Steel for Brains in July. "They are my favorite band ever." BEN SALMON

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