Rock & Pop

Vir

When: Fri., July 20, 9:30 p.m. 2012

Oakland shoegaze trio Vir describes its sound as a collision of My Bloody Valentine and Doves, but it's groovier and more psychedelic than that comparison might suggest. Yes, there are buckets of distortion and reverb, but songs have a tendency to build into climactic noise jams, such as on "Joy in Space" off the band's new album, Engineers. A lot must be said for bassist Natasha Arens, who not only keeps the foundation solid but also sounds interesting underneath all the feedback, fuzz, and delay. The band opened for Bob Mould at Noise Pop earlier this year, and is now promoting its third album. Catch it at The Starry Plough (3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on Friday, July 20, with Portland's The Blacklights and fellow Oaklanders James and Evander. 9:30 p.m., $7-$12. StarryPloughPub.com

Kathleen Richards

Price: $7-$12

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