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STEREO TELESCOPE | Despite the recent success of Passion Pit, Boston remains a staunch rock-and-roll town. So how did the warm, blippy electropop of Stereo Telescope escape an unassuming Brighton bedroom and lodge itself at the forefront of a new wave of beat-minded acts? Dual vocalists/programmers Nikki Dessingue (Where the Land Meets the Sea) and Kurt Schneider (This Car Up) combine to weave a synth-pop grid of analogs, Ataris, and melancholy — a formula that acutely merges into a pop perspective on former Phoenix MP3 of the Week "Geography." Although Stereo Telescope released only three stand-alone singles in 2010, the year ahead promises a debut EP or full-length (working title: On and Running). Also on tap: SXSW in March and several mini-tours across state lines. And there will be a twist on their local shows — the duo's studio tracks will be remixed, blended, and beat-matched into one live on-stage performance stream. Alert the dance parties.
NEXT SHOW • February 11 @ Great Scott, Allston
VIDEO: Stereo Telescope in Brighton
VIDEO: Stereo Telescope - Geography
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