Indie rock favorites Silversun Pickups have consistently released stellar albums since their 2006 debut, 'Carnavas,' and their latest is no different. Released last year, 'Neck of the Woods' contains all the dreamy layers of distorted guitar and shoegaze elements fans have come to expect from Silversun records.
Silversun Pickups are still on the road supporting their latest, 'Neck of the Woods,' and on Monday they hit the stage of 'Conan' to turn in a rousing performance of the album's new single, 'The Pit.' And yes, bassist Nikki Monninger -- who recently announced she will be temporarily leaving the group this fall to give birth to twin girls -- was still rocking with the band.
The Silversun Pickups' 'Neck of the Woods' album didn't exactly get a glowing review from Diffuser.fm when it arrived back at the beginning of May -- our writer described it as sounding "as familiar as macaroni and cheese, and leaves you feeling just as bloated." Does the disc's latest single, 'The Pit,' deserve to be on the menu?
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is under fire for playing the Silversun Pickups song 'Panic Switch' at his campaign events without obtaining the band's consent. According to a press release, the Pickups' attorney has sent the Romney camp a cease and desist letter to prevent them from using the song in the future.
A lot has changed in the world of the Silversun Pickups since they released their debut full-length album, 'Carnavas,' six years ago today (July 25, 2006). In that period of time, frontman Brian Aubert and the band have gone from up-and-coming indie rockers to bona fide alternative rock stars -- if you need proof, witness the recent No. 6 debut of their third album, 'Neck of the Woods,' their second Top 10 premiere in a row. There's not doubt about it: The Pickups are here to stay, and 'Carnavas' has a lot to do with their ongoing success.
Usually we get sick of rock stars complaining about celebrity, but we'll let Flea get away with it this time -- and even give the Red Hot Chili Pepper one of this week's best tweets. He does make a good point. So does Neko Case, a habitual Twitterer who confronts another modern dilemma with her latest tweet. And Silversun Pickups singer Brian Aubert considers sharing his talent at a hotel wedding -- does he ultimately do it? The world may never know.
The new Silversun Pickups video 'Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)' was was filmed by James Frost, the man who directed Radiohead's 'House of Cards' using LIDAR technology and OK Go's 'This Too Shall Pass' with the help of a Rube Goldberg machine. 'Bloody Mary' isn't nearly as innovative as those videos, but it still catches the eye with a mysterious storyline.