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The Mars Volta played their first show after a 10-year hiatus on Thursday (September 22), kicking off their highly anticipated 2022 run (get tickets here) at The Factory at Deep Ellum in Dallas, Texas. By doing this, they proved that it is possible to be sorely missed, despite never actually leaving.

While the acclaimed prog-rock band slumbered, the minds behind it remained consistently productive. During the intermission, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala revived that other highly influential band of theirs, the groundbreaking post-hardcore outfit At the Drive-In, to the tune of a new album and several high-profile festival appearances. , while finding time to individually publish in-depth catalogs of solo work and side projects.

Despite this constant stream of output, a duo’s comeback as The Mars Volta still has the potential to fill a noticeable void. With music fans growing tired of lo-fi production and two-minute social media-friendly sound bites, there’s a separate space for more theatrical and experimental performers. (Their equally flamboyant contemporaries in My Chemical Romance also find great success scratching this exact itch on their current tour.)

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