Definitions

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  • n. A type of Britpop or other indie music of the 1990s, characterised by a dreamlike sound making much use of effect pedals, and by a detached or introverted performance style.
  • v. Present participle of shoegaze.

Etymologies

From shoe +‎ gazing, because of the tendency of such performers to look down rather than at the crowd. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • During Blur's heyday, you would have been hard pressed to have guessed that the frontman of a band that was often thrown in with the UK's "shoegazing" Britpop trend would turn out to be such a sonic adventurer.

    Expecting Rain

  • Further, The Junkies has influenced countless musicians: from Gillian Welch and a generation of "alt-country" bands to most of the "shoegazing" music of the '90s, to countless singers and songwriters here in North America and abroad.

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  • I will freely admit to stealing the "shoegazing" moniker from other webcomics.

    Theater Hopper

  • He was in the Test team the next summer and for four years interspersed cavalier bursts with long periods of inactivity, carrying the drinks, being usurped by Liam Plunkett and Sajid Mahmood and enduring long dogged net sessions of well-meaning tinkering with his action to eradicate the famous shoegazing lurch of the neck during his follow-through.

    How Jimmy Anderson went from water carrier to leader of the pack | Rob Bagchi

  • The shoegazing tag doesn't really do their exciting, hooky, melodic songs any favours; their gutsy, heavier moments are more suited to thrashing around than admiring your new trainers.

    2:54: the sisters heading to Doom Rock Central

  • Undoubtedly the effect is intended to be spooky and moving, and at times their vaguely countrified songs recall that early-90s period in which the more resourceful shoegazing bands such as Moose and Slowdive set aside their effects pedals and embraced traditional songforms.

    This week's new live music

  • It took over 10 years for French musician Anthony Gonzalez's electro-pop band M83 to receive international recognition for their style of "shoegazing" music.

    What's On Around Europe

  • Anthony Gonzalez of M83 Shoegazing World-Wide It took over 10 years for French musician Anthony Gonzalez's electro-pop band M83 to receive international recognition for their style of "shoegazing" music.

    What's On Around Europe

  • Next, the beautifully bright Radio Dept, another one of the great Swedish bands to bless the polo grounds in 2011, played a blissful set of shoegazing modernism.

    Marc Ruxin: Coachella: Music, Culture and... Phones

  • The Twilight Sad roars with guitarist Andy McFarlane's reverberating chords against drummer Mark Devane's staggered pounding as it updates late '80s shoegazing rock.

    Messersmith Leads Eclectic Weekend of Live Music

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