Devotees of My Bloody Valentine's blistering and infamously layered sound had 16 years to accept the band's unique melodies had become a dead language. But the shoegazer gods returned to Earth in 2008, hoping to answer what-might-have-been had they kept going. The four-piece band formed in Ireland in 1984 and produced two albums by 1991. But notoriously obsessive frontman Kevin Shields and crew could never quite get album number three together. They vowed last year to try again, and their resurrection has begun with a smattering of shows around the states this year. But be warned: According to NME, one recent show ended with exiting concertgoers covering their ears following 15 minutes of deafening guitar and bass. Bring your earplugs.