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Upcoming Concerts I’m Excited to See and Why Series: Silversun Pickups, School of Seven Bells, Atlas Genius

Silversun Pickups
School of Seven Bells
Atlas Genius
State Theater, Minneapolis
September 20, 2012

Silversun Pickups

First off, and just to prove I liked SSPU before The Current started overplaying them, here’s a review I wrote of their debut EP in August 2005 (complete with garbled imported text and a broken picture).

And here’s a review when I saw them at the State Theater back in 2009, with Manchester Orchestra opening!

Silversun Pickups

So with that bit of music blogger elitism out of the way, I can honestly say I’m psyched for SSPU’s next Minneapolis show here at the State Theater. But honestly, I’m a little trepidatious about everyone finding out how great this band is — the velocity of this band’s rise is gaining momentum.

Not only were they nominated for a Grammy for 2009′s Swoon, their new album, Neck of the Woods, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200.

SIDEBAR: Can you believe selling a paltry 41,000 units nets you that kind of ranking? Does charting Billboard mean anything anymore?

The album was produced by Grammy Award-winning Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer, REM, Snow Patrol), which explains a lot when you realize how mellow and edge-less the new album is (“Bloody Mary,” in particular) … it’s designed to penetrate the mainstream and get The Current to overplay the singles.

In fact, Paste heralded NOTW as “the best mainstream rock album of the year.” If I were a band, that’s a scary label I wouldn’t want to be associated with. It’s hard to go so far into the mainstream without losing your original fans.

They’ve done a great job so far.

I’m not saying “Kissing Families” or “Rusted Wheel” or “Substitution” have a sharp edge, but they sure weren’t ground smooth. And actually, the latter is a six minute slow burner well worth the wait.

Maybe I’m being too hard on them. I’m a huge fan and know the live treatment of these new songs is going to be amazing. What do you think?

Meanwhile, openers Atlas Genius sold more than 50,000 downloads of their breakout single, “Trojans,” before they were even signed.

AG’s debut EP, Through The Glass, dropped on Warner Brothers in June. We know SSPU picks hot up and coming openers, so look for AG to nail their slot on Thursday.

And check out this School of Seven Bells remix of Parisian psych-pop duo Yeti Lane’s single “Warning Sensations.” YES!