At this point, Silversun Pickups don't seem to care about killer hooks. They're focused on creating a particular atmosphere, relying on pregnant prog-rock swells and '90s guitar crunch to provide the pressure. It all serves to conjure images of an alternate reality where grunge grew wings, soaring and moping and roaring like the king of some flannel jungle. The L.A. quartet has been working hard for 10 years to keep the "alternative" tag alive, and if you wish that there was less irony and more good ol' Clinton-era angst in your modern rock, you should be in attendance. Bonus: You'll probably get to hear the massively awesome "Lazy Eye," too. With School of Seven Bells and Atlas Genius. $30, 7 p.m. 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 800.982.2787.
Thu., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., 2012
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