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.
Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…