Silversun Pickups: “You’re not the type to stand aside… Let’s stay and fight for the wild kind” – The Fox Theater in Oakland (Oct 22, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

Silversun Pickups PICKED ALL OF US UP at the Fox Theater Oakland last weekend! They made us laugh, weep, rage (the trifecta of emotions) will killer tracks like Royal We, Latchkey Kids, Friendly Fire, Wild Kind, and Lazy Eye (of course!). Not only is Brian Aubert is not only a phenomenal musician, pushing the limits with different soundscapes and emotion, but he is FREAKING HILARIOUS and super animated (always has his hands up in the air when telling stories). He also pays so much close attention to his fans through the entire show (more than most musicians I’ve seen), and will often point out people in the audience that he knows. Towards the end, he even bentr over the stage to fist pump my music buddy Nori Nakayama (#1 fan) who has been following Silversun Pickups since 2007 and has seen them >25 times. I have so much respect for Brian coming out to say hi (despite having probably been exhausted) and taking time to chat about tour life and music in general. I was laughing so hard when he and I were finishing each others sentences while geeking out on bands that we both love: The War On Drugs, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, Future Islands, Arcade Fire, and The National . He has a particular appreciation for Arcade Fire and their ability to consistently recreate themselves in new albums that bring forth new elements/ingenuity not present in their older material. I nearly DIED when we both cried out that ‘Creature Comfort‘ is by far the best song on their new album and proceeded to sing “God, make me famous, if you can’t, just make it painless” in unison. He also was excited to hear that Courtney and Kurt just played at the Fox a week prior and he told me stories of how he first met them both. He even had a CRAZY COOL story about how Courtney made his wife’s water break (a story she won’t let him live down, haha); Turns out Brian and his very pregnant wife saw Courtney for the first time 2 1/2 years ago and then his wife went into labor that same night. NUTS! He also said how Osheaga was his favorite North American festival and that he would love to keep going back there.  We ended up on that topics cause I mentioned having seen them both at Sasquatch (2012) and BottleRock Napa (2017). WHAT A NIGHT picking the brain of this SILVERSUN PICKUP! I will always look back on this with such a big goofy smile. 😀

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Some key videos of the night….

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The War on Drugs: “I resist what I cannot change, But I wanna find what can’t be found” – Greek Theater in Berkeley (October 6, 2017)

Written by Erica Andreozzi

The War On Drugs certainly gave me A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF WHO I AM at the Hearst Greek Theater in Berkeley last Friday. They mentioned being super excited to headline the Greek (it being the place where they first saw one of their greatest idols, Neil Young), and we certainly felt that energy. Having listening to their new album (‘A Deeper Understanding‘) non-stop for the past month, I was SLAYED when seeing it COME ALIVE last night with standout performances of Up All Night (LOVE THE KEYBOARD INTRO), Pain, Holding On, Nothing to Find, and Thinking of a Place (among many other hits). One of my favorite lyrics from the album is “I resist what I cannot change, and I wanna find what can’t be found,” and could not help but BELT IT OUT when the time came. I was in a serous tizzy the entire 2-hr set (continuous, no breaks), just STUNNED by Adam’s insane guitar work and the ethereal sounds emerging from his extended jam sessions with the bassist, keyboardist, drummer, and saxophone player (especially cool). His signature yelps (“Whoop!”) heightened all of our senses and kept us smiling (and yelping back!) the whole way through. MAD PROPS to The War on Drugs for keeping me UP ALL NIGHT, LOST IN A DREAM, THINKING OF A PLACE, DISAPPEARING with RED EYES (TO THE WIND), and HOLDING ON to zero PAIN with NOTHING TO FIND AN OCEAN BETWEEN THE WAVES. They certainly didn’t leave “Tangled Up In Blue” (it was one of BEST SHOWS I’ve been to ALL YEA), but this epic Bob Dylan cover did. It so happens to be my favorite Dylan’s track, and I made it known in my serous sing-a-long. It fills me with pride to think that the musical genius that is Adam Granduciel is also Philly born and Bred. Him and Kurt Vile PHEED PHILLY the PHINEST music PHEVER. He said that he was happy to be back in ❤

 

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