Rock preview: June 14

Black Kids, On tour | Meltdown, London | My Bloody Valentine, On tour
Black Kids, On tour
Having been one of the most tipped bands of 2008, it's probably a relief to Black Kids to have come close to delivering on the promises of their blog-based fanfare. Having grazed the Top 10 with their I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You single, this tour offers a chance to demonstrate just what all the fuss may have been about. On the strength of their Bernard Butler-produced album Partie Traumatic, that may still remain a mystery a while longer. A shiny and intermittently catchy affair, the LP shows the band have set up shop in the mid-80s, and in a disco-fied version of the Cure's poppier singles, but to what higher end at this stage is hard to fathom. JR

· Norwich Arts Centre, Sun 15 June; New Roadmender, Northampton, Mon 16 June; ULU, WC1, Wed 18 June

Meltdown, London
They do things differently in Bristol. So, at any rate, it seemed at the beginning of the 1990s: with the flourishing of talents like Massive Attack and their spiritual progeny Portishead and Tricky, the city seemed to be operating a whole other agenda to the prevalent chirpy Britpop. Massive Attack's stewardship of the Meltdown festival demonstrates that they continue to travel a pretty unique path. As well as a set of their band's own sinister dub, elsewhere 3D and Daddy G provide a live mix to Blade Runner, alongside gigs by psychedelic crazies Gong, Gang Of Four, Grace Jones, Martina Topley-Bird, George Clinton, Elbow and a Primal Scream (pictured)/MC5 collaboration. JR

· Royal Festival Hall, SE1, Sat 14 to 24 June

My Bloody Valentine, On tour
While grunge raged on the other side of the Atlantic, in the early-90s My Bloody Valentine provided a more eloquent, but no less violent, domestic take on guitar noise. Recently dismissed by Alan McGee as Creation's "joke band" (since MBV's monstrous studio bills effectively bankrupted his label, it's debatable how funny McGee actually found them), MBV were, though cloaked in avant garde flourishes, undoubtedly a superb rock'n'roll band. The vision of guitarist Kevin Shields - lately a collaborator with Primal Scream and Patti Smith - MBV took the solipsisms of indie rock to a weirder level, their sexuality and sonic novelty a genuinely surprising development. Remastered editions of their Isn't Anything and Loveless albums are to follow, and demonstrate the enduring nature of the music. This live return will allow you to witness their beautiful, terrifyingly loud, sound in full, disorientating effect. JR

· Roundhouse, NW1, Fri 20 to 24 June

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