LIVE: Silversun Pickups @ Albany Tulip Festival, 5/11/13

June 5th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Silversun Pickups (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Silversun Pickups (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Brian Tromans and Timothy Reidy

Unquestionably the most musically adventurous Tulip Fest headliner in recent years, LA’s Silversun Pickups drew a surprisingly large crowd to Washington Park on a particularly soggy Saturday.

Vocalist-guitarist Brian Aubert and his band certainly know their way around pop melodies and forms – as they proved with the slinky “Here We Are (Chancer)” and the audience slap-along “Mean Spirits” – but much more than your average band of alt-popsters, they tend to bury their pop tendencies beneath a darker attitude, a noisier attack, fractured rhythms and layers of distorted guitars in overdrive. Several times throughout their 95-minute set – most notably during “Panic Switch” and the final encore of “Well Thought Out Twinkles” – Aubert descended into wild, guitar-freakout abandon as he stalked the stage.

Comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins (rampant in Silversun Pickups’ earlier days) still hold water, but now only to a point. The band has grown beyond easy categorizations with a sound that gracefully fluctuates between the seemingly polar extremes of ambiant and anthemic. There was plenty of guitar crunch in evidence – the encore of “Substitution,” being a prime example – but there were also some more tender moments, as during the shimmering “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)” and the almost ballad-ish “Catch and Release.”

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Comin’ soon…

August 26th, 2009, 1:05 pm by Greg

With their upcoming new album “Sweet Fist” waiting in the wings, Troy power trio Super 400 are gettin’ ready to do lots of live rock & roll rockin’, including a big benefit bash for WEXT-FM on Friday, October 23 at the Exit Dome (aka, the WMHT-TV studios in North Greenbush). In addition to headliners Super 400, the evening will also feature Eric Margan & the Red Lions, Sean Rowe and members of Railbird.

Silversun Pickups

Silversun Pickups

Northern Lights in Clifton Park seems to be running quite the gamut of musical styles these days, and that’s a good thing. So, if “American Idol” David Cook (on Friday, October 9) isn’t exactly your cup of tea, perhaps you’re a little more interested in indie darlings Silversun Pickups (Sunday, October 18) or headbangers Saving Abel (Sunday, November 22). Tix for all three shows go on sale at 10am Saturday (August 29).

Over in North Adams, Mass., MASS MoCA has announced its fall performance line-up, which includes NYC indie rock singer-songwriter Leah Siegel (Saturday, October 3), the double-bill of Dr. Dog and Winterpills (Saturday, October 17), avant string quartet Ethel playing live to accompany the 1959 Mexican sci-fi film “The Monsters’ Ship” (Friday, October 30), the raucous vaudevillian cabaret of Ain’t That Good News (Saturday, November 7) and the out-on-a-limb jazz-meets-jam trio Medeski, Martin & Wood (Thursday, November 12).

Over in Troy, Revolution Hall has beefed up its fall calendar with upcoming shows by Eric Hutchinson (Wednesday, September 9), Shooter Jennings (Tuesday, October 20) and the Glengarry Bhoys with the Fighting 86’s (Saturday, November 14).



Ready to stretch Labor Day weekend into a four-day affair? Get a jump on it with the hell-bound rock & roll machine known as Dash Rip Rock as they invade Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Thursday, September 3. Opening the show is Grainbelt, so ya know it’s gonna be a howlin’ good night.

And among the new shows added to the fall concert calendar at the newly renovated Van Dyck in Schenectady are jazz guitarist Julian Lage and his band (Friday, October 23), popmeister Marshall Crenshaw (Friday, November 6) and Maria Muldaur and Her Garden of Joy Jug Band (Saturday, November 7).

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