It had been nearly 20 years since I'd seen Mazzy Star perform live.

And it had been a good 15 years since I'd last devoted much thought to the band. I guess that's what can happen when a group goes 17 years without releasing a new album.

Yet, I still found myself feeling quite intrigued when I learned that the Southern California shoegaze/dream-pop band was booked to play at the Warfield in San Francisco.

As it turned out, my intrigue was warranted.

The band was mesmerizing during Wednesday night's show in San Francisco, thoroughly reminding everyone in the house why we fell in love with Mazzy Star in the first place.

Touring in support of the newly released "Seasons of Your Day," the band's first album since 1996's "Among My Swan," Mazzy Star performed in near darkness, appearing like ghostly silhouettes onstage. It was a striking presentation, which perfectly suited a dreamy psychedelic sound that is highly reminiscent of the Doors' best trips.

Hope Sandoval still possesses an amazingly hypnotic voice, which has remained in mint condition through the decades. She coaxes so much drama out of the lyrics, captivating the listener with each and every syllable.

The highlights of the show were the old "So Tonight That I Might See" favorites -- "Fade Into You" and "Into Dust" — yet everything that the band played was extremely worthwhile.

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