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      May 10, 2012

      Thursday   6:30 PM

      3158 E Burnside
      Portland, Oregon 97214

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      Silversun Pickups

      *Pre-buy the album and get a certificate for guaranteed admission*

      Thursday, May 10th 6:30 PM

      It’s no secret that Silversun Pickups score the soundtrack for the cacophony and quiet of the urban environment. Their songs curl like a sleeping dragon around the foothills, soar between the skyscrapers, and slouch in the shadows of forbidden offramps and skid row. Now, three years after their second record, Silversun Pickups are releasing their highly anticipated new record, Neck of the Woods.

      Silversun Pickups came of age in Los Angeles’ multicultural, bohemian enclave, Silver Lake, where the members learned to overcome their fears through playing in the organic network of clubs and bars that birthed Beck and Elliott Smith. “When we were starting out, we were too shy to turn up the volume. Now we’re not afraid to get loud,” Aubert says. “I used to be nervous to go to the mic, now I swallow it.”

      As their debut full-length, Carnavas, snowballed into an avalanche of critical praise, landed them on the Billboard charts and gained recognition from nose-turning indie rockers and mainstream pop lovers alike, frontman Aubert slowly realized that Silversun Pickups’ musical landscape was changing too. “We were landing on charts in countries I’d never been too, like Chile and all over South America. Things were changing fast.” In 2009, Silversun Pickups followed up with the equally powerful Swoon.

      Neck of the Woods started with a chance meeting when the band stumbled across Grammy-winning producer Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2, Weezer) while recording guest vocals for a Snow Patrol track. But Pickups frontman Brian Aubert is quick to point out that pretty much everything about the album -- from producer to studio location right down to its found-photo album art -- has been serendipitous. "It's bizarre," the affable singer/guitarist told SPIN, a day after hearing the record in full for the first time. "We can't take credit for any of it. It just accidentally happened."

      Aubert says the songs sound "like a horror movie," all of them beginning to percolate while he was country-hopping and people-watching during a European vacation. "[2009's] Swoon was more about what I was feeling at that particular time," he says, "whereas with this one, I wanted to see what built me. It was learning why I am the way I am."

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