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Silversun Pickups – Terminal 5 – November 15, 2017

November 16th, 2017

(Silversun Pickups and Minus the Bear play Brooklyn Steel on Friday night.)

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

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Two Nights of Silversun Pickups in New York City This Week

November 14th, 2017

Brian Aubert (vocals and guitar), Chris Guanlao (drums), Joe Lester (keys and samples) and Nikki Monninger (bass and vocals) knew one another from playing in various bands before forming Silversun Pickups 15 years ago in Los Angeles. Their atmospheric sound, layered melodies and spellbinding dreamy pop immediately drew comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and the Smashing Pumpkins with the release of their 2005 debut EP, Pikul (stream it below), and 2006 debut LP, Carnavas (stream it below), “the sort of record that brings something new to discover with each listen,” according to AllMusic. “Thus, listen one is as enjoyable as listen five or 10, but probably for entirely different reasons, since unique bits continuously appear from the band’s dream haze of accessibly textured indie rock.” Their fourth studio album, the synths-filled Better Nature (stream it below), came out in 2015. Despite referring to it as a “transitional record,” Sputnik Music called the long-player “a gorgeous if slightly safe album that proves this band hasn’t lost their edge when it comes to making captivating music.” And live, Silversun Pickups (above, performing “Panic Switch”) are just as exceptional as ever. Catch them on Wednesday at Terminal 5 and on Friday at Brooklyn Steel. Seattle’s Minus the Bear open both shows.



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Don’t Miss Silversun Pickups on Monday at the Capitol Theatre

August 2nd, 2013

Brian Aubert (vocals and guitar), Chris Guanlao (drums), Joe Lester (keys and samples) and Nikki Monninger (bass and vocals) knew one another from playing in various L.A. bands before forming Silversun Pickups there in 2002. Their layered melodies and spellbinding dreamy pop immediately drew comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and the Smashing Pumpkins with the release of their debut EP, Pikul, in 2005. They’ve remained busy touring and recording music ever since. Their third studio album, the well-received Neck of the Woods (stream it below), came out last year, and Silversun Pickups (above, performing “Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)” for Minnesota Public Radio) are back out on the road. See them on Monday night at the Capitol Theatre.

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Silversun Pickups – The Wellmont Theatre – May 5, 2013

May 6th, 2013

Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com

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Two Nights of Silversun Pickups at Terminal 5

October 12th, 2012

Brian Aubert (vocals and guitar), Chris Guanlao (drums), Joe Lester (keys and samples) and Nikki Monninger (bass and vocals) knew one another from playing in various L.A. bands before forming Silversun Pickups there in 2002. Their layered melodies and spellbinding dreamy pop immediately drew comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and Smashing Pumpkins with the release of their debut EP, Pikul, in 2005. And after releasing their third studio album, the well-received Neck of the Woods (stream it below), this past spring, Silversun Pickups (above, playing “Skin Graph” on The Late Show with David Letterman) have been out on tour, which brings them to our fair city for two big dates at Terminal 5. Sunday is sold out, but do yourself a favor and go see them there on Monday.

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Silversun, Won’t You Come

June 25th, 2010

Silversun Pickups – The Wellmont Theatre – June 24, 2010

Silversun Pickups - The Wellmont Theatre - June 24, 2010
A band’s live music is normally looser than the recorded version, sacrificing sonic quality for performance, or the group will try to replicate those recordings, resulting in a limp live show. Fortunately, Silversun Pickups did neither of those last night at The Wellmont Theatre—or perhaps they combined the best of both to faithfully recreate their distinct sound while using their live energy to add to the experience.

Silversun Pickups opened with the slow-burn-to-explosion “Growing Old Is Getting Old,” off their most recent album, Swoon. Moving steadily to older material, they wrapped with their most popular songs, throwing “Kissing Families,” “Panic Switch” and the blissful Lazy Eye” all into the last quarter of the set. To say they were faithful to the recorded versions of these songs would understate the incredible hold they have over their live show. From the barrier up front to the mezzanine in back everything was clear except for the musical haze created by the three-headed aural monster that is lead singer-guitarist Brian Aubert, keyboardist-ambience master Joe Lester and bassist Nikki Monninger.

At first Silversun Pickups seemed content to move from one song into the next. But then Aubert paused and spoke genuinely. Not only was he thrilled to play for the New Jersey crowd, but he also joked how amplified that thrill was since he “felt terrible all day,” after drinking too much at the 9:30 Club in D.C. the night before. Fittingly, the show ended with Aubert on his knees mock conducting (à la Willem Dafoe’s character in Boondock Saints) alone onstage while manipulating what was left of the sound feeding back through his guitar. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com