Win Tickets ($80): Silversun Pickups @ Crystal Ballroom | Alternative Rock

We are giving you another chance to WIN a pair of tickets to Silversun Pickups @ Crystal Ballroom on February 14. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed February 5.


From our sponsors:
Silversun Pickups
February 14, 2024
6:30PM, 8PM Show | $35-$40 ADV, $40-$50 Doors
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Silversun Pickups’ sixth album Physical Thrills came together as a serendipitous accident during a dark time. The LA band began 2020 by touring in support of their record released the previous year, Widow’s Weeds. But the pandemic halted those plans, with the members including guitarist and singer Brian Aubert, bassist Nikki Monninger, drummer Christopher Guanlao, and keyboardist Joe Lester, finding themselves stuck at home. In that resting period, Aubert wasn’t focused on Silversun Pickups; instead, he channeled his energy into taking care of his son, Nico, while his wife Tracy worked.

But as much as his focus initially shifted from the band, he couldn’t escape the new melodies germinating in his head. “I would sneak off and start writing these songs, and I didn’t know what they’re for because I didn’t really think about Silversun on any level. I was just doing it to keep myself calm and keep myself company,” says Aubert. The songs were so different from what he’d previously written for Silversun Pickups that he initially thought he was writing a musical. There were “dream shanties,” gentler vocals, horror-inspired sounds, and other exciting new elements coming to mind.

Once the band began working on Physical Thrills together, they made some of Silversun Pickups’ most stunning songs yet. The record doesn’t depart drastically from the sound the band’s fans know and love, but rather enhances it with previously-unexplored fixtures at play.

Physical Thrills was colored by the pandemic, but isn’t meant to be solemn; instead, Aubert explores his own comfort in the temporary, newfound isolation. There’s a juxtaposition of playfulness with angst from having so much time to process untapped emotions. That’s something that comes through in the album’s instrumentation, too, with wide-ranging sounds that transform according to the weight of the lyrics.




  1. Savannah C on January 22, 2024 at 4:27 pm

    The song lazy eye plays constantly in my head 😂 My favorite venue!!

  2. Amy H. on January 23, 2024 at 12:03 pm

    Would LOVE to go to this! Bring me back to important moments in my youth 😀

  3. Jean Nguyen on January 23, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    High School Memories! Pick me!

  4. Sara on January 23, 2024 at 2:20 pm

    These tickets would be a great birthday gift for my husband!

  5. Dar on January 23, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    My adult daughter and I love this band and I would like to take her to see them. I recently lost my job so tickets would be very helpful.

  6. Heidi on January 23, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    I’ve been loving these guys for years and would love to see them live.

  7. Lydia on January 23, 2024 at 8:33 pm

    Omg! Talk about nostalgia! I’d love to time travel to my youth at this show.

  8. Chase Mocias on January 23, 2024 at 9:05 pm

    What a great first show this Would be with my love on valentines day! 💝🥰

  9. Lauren scher on January 24, 2024 at 4:00 pm

    I love them!!! Pick me!!

  10. Christina Hungerford on January 25, 2024 at 1:01 am

    I’ll be your Valentine! 🙂

  11. Bert on January 25, 2024 at 2:06 pm

    silversun pickups is one of my favorite bands and I’ve never been able to see them live!

  12. Stephanie on January 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    Been a huge fan since college and would love the chance to be able to see them live!

  13. Paul on January 26, 2024 at 9:53 am

    Because they’re awesome!!

  14. Christina Lambert on January 26, 2024 at 12:03 pm

    My husband is a big fan! Would love to go to show for Valentines Day ❤️

  15. Jamie on January 26, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    My favorite band at my favorite venue! And my husband has never seen them live, so….. please and thank you! You guys are the best!

  16. Robert Gronotte on January 26, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    Been wanting to see them for years.

  17. Kim G on January 27, 2024 at 6:31 am

    Love the Silversun Pickups! It would be great to see them again!

  18. Sean J on January 28, 2024 at 11:04 am

    This would be a great concert to take my girlfriend to!!

  19. Maggie B on January 29, 2024 at 10:15 am

    Lazy Eye is such a vibe. Would love to see them live!

  20. Lena Bainbridge on January 29, 2024 at 7:35 pm

    I’d be so grateful to win the giveaway to see silver sun pickups and add this classic alt band to my repertoire of live shows at the crystal! Thanks!

  21. JUSTIN-DAVID:MOVICK on January 30, 2024 at 6:29 am


  22. Cody on January 30, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    I know my girlfriend would love going to this with me on Valentine’s Day! Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. Eli Gregory on January 30, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    Lazy Eye is a song I’ve played on repeat more than possibly any other song. I would love watch them with my partner on Valentines Day ♥️

  24. Holly on January 30, 2024 at 12:18 pm

    It is a lovely venue and they have such a nice ethereal sound!

  25. Kelly on January 30, 2024 at 2:54 pm

    My partner is a long time fan of them and would be stoked to see them!

  26. Franny Thompson on January 30, 2024 at 9:36 pm

    Would love the chance to see the Silversun Pickups with my love!

  27. Dian on January 31, 2024 at 10:05 am

    Sounds like a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

  28. Buzz Walker on January 31, 2024 at 10:41 am

    yes please

  29. Maggie Doherty on February 1, 2024 at 9:48 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this moment! Silver sun pick me! 🖤

  30. Arturo Calilung on February 2, 2024 at 10:02 am

    Perfect date night!

  31. Tyler on February 2, 2024 at 4:59 pm

    How fun! Would be a great Valentines Day!!

  32. Ivy Jane on February 3, 2024 at 12:36 pm

    ahhhh … Silversun Pickups brings me back to simpler times, riding in the car through tree-canopied Illinois backroads in my mom’s minivan after soccer practice while performing hexes on her in my mind for taking away my cellphone and preventing me from seeing boys I liked. At the time I felt 10 feet tall blasting their music. And it still makes me feel that way sometimes. As a musician myself now, it would be great to see them and see how they make the magic happen.

  33. Marianne Silva on February 3, 2024 at 1:43 pm

    This would be so awesome! Great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

  34. Rachelle on February 3, 2024 at 4:09 pm

    Because Three Seed is one of my favorite songs 💜 Also never been to the Crystal Ballroom and would love the chance to check it out while watching an amazing band!!

  35. Ryan Westfall on February 5, 2024 at 5:50 pm

    I would love to take my wife to a concert on Valentine’s Day! Concerts are everything to us!!

  36. Jacob Webster on February 12, 2024 at 9:41 pm

    I am gonna win!

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