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Los Angeles indie rockers whose organic but richly atmospheric sound (and their subsequent critical and commercial success) helped put the uber-hip Silver Lake scene on the map, Silversun Pickups were formed in 2002, initially using the name A Couple of Couples. The original handle reflected the fact that in the band's first lineup, lead guitarist Brian Aubert was romantically involved with drummer Elvira Gonzales, while rhythm guitarist Jack Kennedy was in a relationship with bassist Nikki Monninger. However, after both couples broke up, the group went through some personnel changes, and in 2003 Gonzales and Kennedy left the band, with keyboard player Joe Lester taking over for the absent guitarist and Christopher Guanlao becoming their new drummer. Taking on the new name Silversun Pickups, the group became regulars at trendy rock clubs such as Spaceland and the Silverlake Lounge, and developed a committed fan following. In July 2005, Silversun Pickups released their debut EP, a six-song EP (seven if you include the hidden bonus track) called Pikul. The EP was released by noted indie label Dangerbird Records, which brought out the group's first full-length album, Carnavas, in September 2006. Carnavas fared well enough to land two songs in the Top Ten of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, "Well Thought Out Twinkles" and "Lazy," and peaked at number 80 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, while the group toured in support, sharing stages with with Wolfmother, Snow Patrol, and OK Go in the United States and opening for the Foo Fighters in the U.K. The success of Carnavas set the stage for Swoon, which appeared in April 2009 and made an impressive debut, entering the Top 200 Albums chart at number seven. The album's success led to the band being nominated for a Best New Artist prize at the 2010 Grammy Awards, which became a subject of angry and bemused conversation among the group's fans, given that Silversun Pickups were far from newcomers by then. May 2012 brought another studio set, Neck of the Woods (produced by Jacknife Lee), and high-profile dates at many major music festivals in North America, though bassist Nikki Monninger was forced to sit out a number of shows in 2012 and 2013 due to pregnancy, with Sarah Negahdari of the Happy Hollows temporarily taking her place. In 2014, Dangerbird released The Singles Collection, a compilation that collected non-LP tracks from the band; the album appeared on CD and as a digital download, while a special edition was also issued as a vinyl box set. In 2015, Silversun Pickups formed their own label, New Machine Records, which they launched with their fourth full-length album, Better Nature. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Silversun Pickups

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    2 songs

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    1 song

    Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    1 song

    Relax Trax

    5 songs

    Top Indie

    2 songs

Albums by
Silversun Pickups

Top Songs by
Silversun Pickups

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Lazy Eye
  3.   Panic Switch
  4.   Little Lover's So Polite
  5.   Well Thought Out Twinkles
  6.   Substitution
  7.   The Pit
  8.   Nightlight
  9.   The Royal We
  10.   Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)
  11.   Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)
  12.   Broken Bottles
  13.   ...All the Go Inbetweens
  14.   Creation Lake
  15.   Cannibal
  16.   Growing Old Is Getting Old
  17.   Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)
  18.   Three Seed
  19.   Booksmart Devil
  20.   Future Foe Scenarios
  21.   There's No Secrets This Year
  22.   Rusted Wheel
  23.   Busy Bees
  24.   Latchkey Kids
  25.   Sci Fi Lullaby
  26.   Kissing Families
  27.   Dream at Tempo 119
  28.   Seasick
  29.   Not Dark Yet
  30.   Catch & Release
  31.   Comeback Kid
  32.   Gun-Shy Sunshine
  33.   Common Reactor
  34.   Checkered Floor
  35.   Ragamuffin
  36.   Skin Graph
  37.   It's Nice To Know You Work Alone
  38.   Draining
  39.   Waste It On
  40.   The Wild Kind
  41.   Friendly Fires
  42.   Here We Are (Chancer)
  43.   Out of Breath
  44.   Ribbons & Detours
  45.   Surrounded (Or Spiraling)
  46.   The Fuzz
  47.   Tapedeck
  48.   Connection
  49.   Simmer
  50.   Currency of Love
  51.   Melatonin
  52.   Pins & Needles
  53.   Mean Spirits
  54.   Make Believe
  55.   Sort of
  56.   Cradle (Better Nature)

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