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Listening was an American psychedelic rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in the late 1960s.
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, acid rock, hard rock|
Listening became the leading Boston stage act in 1968 and was an example of what is now called the Bosstown Sound. The band released one self-titled album on the Vanguard label and one non-LP promo single. The group is famous for its ambiguous song lyrics, sometimes related to marijuana and psychedelic acid trips.
The group's sound reflected a confluence of hard rock and psychedelic influences, with added elements of progressive rock. Nevertheless, some of songs, such as "9/8 Song" and "Cuando" were gentler. The band's approach had a great impact in the period and helped define the Bosstown Sound. Michael Tschudin, a leading figure, was an accomplished and inventive piano player and organist. Bassist Walter Powers had previously played with the Lost and ended up in Boston punk groups until the 1970s.