In August 2009 and June 2010 I thought I was going to see Silversun Pickups. They were on the bill for festivals I was going to, I had circled them on my schedule as a set to see, and then, for some reason, both times I opted for other options.
As a Silversun Pickups record, "Neck of the Woods" sounds exactly like you'd expect it to: cascading guitars, distorted shimmer and Nikki Monninger's breathily-insistent vocals cosseted in waves of reverb that wash through the speakers.
Mon July 28
The Driftaways are a seven-man reggae band hailing from St. Louis. Their E.P. "Don't Hide" is full of high-energy jams and groovy improvisations that give the band's music a good-time vibe.