by Mike Breen
Tonight in Northside, Mayday presents its monthly new local band showcase, "Unsung." This month's newcomers aren't entirely "new," but they are new to Cincinnati. The Brothers Devine, a quirky and eclectic AltRock two-piece (guitar/drums) featuring bros Andris and Erik Devine, recently moved to town from Milwaukee. The duo takes avowed influences like Green Day, System of a Down, Bad Religion, and the Goo Goo Dolls and concocts a wild-eyed blend of Punk, Indie Pop, Metal, Folk and whatever the hell else they feel like exploring at the time. Tonight's Unsung show is free and kicks off at 9 p.m. Here's a playlist of the Devine's music to get your ready. Click here for more on the group.• Fuzzy, Pumpkins-esque AltRock crew Silversun Pickups pulls into Corryville tonight for a show at Bogart's. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-ages show are $30 at the door.Click here to read a show preview from this week's CityBeat, then check out the band performing on WNYC's Soundcheck. Audio of the full appearance follows. Click here for even more live music options in Greater Cincinnati tonight.
Dec. 5 • Bogart's
0 Comments · Monday, December 3, 2012
Certain bands should just be required to tour every summer
and then spend the fall and winter making a new album. Bands like Silversun Pickups, for example.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Punk band forces uptight newscasters to say the word “pussy”
uncomfortably thousands of times on U.S. news outlets, Silversun Pickups think it's funny Mitt Romney used "Panic Switch" at a campaign stop (but still asked him to stop) and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said our secret Muslim president is behind all the recent massive shootings … all part of his ploy to finally get rid of that pesky Second Amendment.
by Brian Baker
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Since the 2005 release of their impressive Pikul EP, L.A.’s Brian Aubert and Silversun Pickups have gone from strength to strength with barely a hitch in their stride. The band’s 2006 full-length debut Carnavas was a bona fide smash, artfully blending Shoegaze crackle and fuzz with frenetic Indie Rock verve to create the Pickups’ singular sonic fingerprint. As it turned out, Pikul and Carnavas were just appetizers for the meaty and moody main course of 2009’s Swoon, which established the Pickups as one of the major musical forces of the year and earned them spots on an overwhelming number of year-end lists. In the face of Swoon’s ecstatic reception, the question of what the Pickups will do for an encore has been casting rather a long shadow over the past three years.Neck of the Woods asks and answers the query with howling authority. The band blazes through an 11-song set that buzzes like a swarm of electric bees while still managing to fold in plenty of subtlety and nuance for counterpoint. The album’s lead-off track, “Skin Graph,” is a six minute case in point; deftly flitting from delicate electric Folk hymn to epic Grunge anthem and back again, surfing the tension that roils in the stylistic gap between extremes. In less creative hands, “Make Believe” and “Busy Bees” would likely amble along like standard Emo mopefests, but stuttering drum beats and off kilter rhythm methodology give the songs a compelling presence, while “Here We Are (Chancer)” drops all the way back into a quiet Synth Pop groove that builds toward the explosive movie cop theme of “Mean Spirits” and the aptly titled slowburn of “Simmer.” In many ways, Neck of the Woods is not nearly as immediate as its predecessors, but Aubert and Silversun Pickups are smart enough to realize that the best music grows like a garden, with patience, care and attention, and that’s where the album succeeds in pushing the Pickups’ already expansive boundaries.
Sept. 14 • Bogart's
0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2009
The Silversun Pickups have had an exciting 2009, and their CD 'Swoon' might be the year's pinnacle, showcasing the band's pulse-pounding combination of visceral Indie Rock finesse and Shoegaze thunder. The year has also included opening for Metallica at South By Southwest, playing Coachella and lighting up London, but there's just one thing enquiring minds want to know: Have they attempted to play their own songs on 'Guitar Hero?'
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The titles are stacking up like cordwood here in April, and rolling the weekly excess into the following posting seems less like a solution and more like stockpiling. This week I tackle new CDs from Scott Miller, Willie Nile, Fastball, Circus Devils, Silversun Pickups, John Doe and the Sadies, The Tragically Hip, The Ettes, Alexis Harte and Eulogies, plus classic vinyl from Tucky Buzzards.