Hailing from the UK, the Telescopes are a foundational force in the shoegaze genre, boasting a cult following ever since the band’s beginnings in the late 1980s. Despite years of inactivity at various points in its roughly 30-year existence, the group has been especially active of late, with a flurry of releases since 2010 (check out thetelescopes.bandcamp.com).
For those who don’t love shoegaze, be advised that the Telescopes is not a band that can be defined so simply. There’s the droning, grungy, lead-heavy guitars. There’s the shredding, shrieking guitars, and the doom-beating drums. But there’s also lazy melancholy, reminiscent of the Velvet Underground and twisted oddball space rock with pop sensibilities. There’s thunder and the playful breeze of contemplation – and everything’s delightfully psychedelic.
LSD and the Search for God, a noise-pop/psych-rock crew that features members of the Telescopes as well as Brian Jonestown Massacre will open this exciting show, along with locals Filthy and Lazy Comet.
$10, Thu May 10, 10pm, Limelight, 2718 N. St. Mary’s St., thelimelightsa.com
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