Half String: Vintage Phoenix Shoegazers Reunite for California Tour

See also: Vintage Phoenix Shoegaze Band Half String Reissued by Brooklyn Label Captured Tracks

The term "shoegazer" may have been birthed as a pejorative, but at this point, it's practically a badge of honor. The shoegaze movement of the '90s, which found British and American bands drenched in reverb, continues to inspire, influence, and inform the underground sensibilities of garage rock, lo-fi, and punk.

The American Southwest plays an important role in the genre's American chapters. The site of various Beautiful Noise festivals, acts like the Tucson-via-Michigan lovesliescrushing, Astrobrite, and Tempe's Half String, helped promote the sound while adding post-punk and desert influences.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.