The Jesus and Mary Chain play Variety Playhouse Nov. 12

Jim and William Reid return supporting the group's latest album, 'Damage and Joy'  

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The Jesus and Mary Chain

The year of the Great Shoegaze Revival has delivered tentpole gems in the form of long-awaited new albums by Slowdive and Ride, but a third, lesser-heralded work is the most pleasantly surprising of the bunch. ICYMI, the Jesus and Mary Chain returned early this year with Damage and Joy, the influential Scottish rock group's first record in 19 years. Featuring re-worked versions of Jim Reid solo jams and a sprightly smattering of new material, the psych-addled LP overcame the burden of expectation by virtue of its buoyancy, a reminder that JAMC was always more extroverted than its peers.

$35-$40. 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 12. With Marc Crozer and the Rels. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.

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