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

We are giving away 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.


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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. Joanna on November 6, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    Oh my gosh, one of my favorite bands!!!! Would LOVE to see them live!

  2. Sean Jackson on November 6, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    This would be a great concert!

  3. Lauri on November 7, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    Great band!

  4. Dirk Boekee on November 7, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Sounds like a great way to spend valentines day

  5. JF on November 7, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Would really love to see these guys! Wife’s bday would make an awesome gift.

  6. Rakilina on November 7, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    OMG! YES! These guys are so amazing! I would love to see them! And I’d really like a rock-solid date for Valentine’s Day! That would be a refreshing change…lol

  7. Christina Larson on November 7, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    I f’ing love the creativity of this band. The androgynous quality of the vocals transport me to my idealistic childhood brain. I would love to take my bff and introduce them to one of my happy places.

  8. Michelle M on November 7, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    We would love to see these folks play live on ❤️ day!

  9. James Tiefenthaler on November 7, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    Fun times!

  10. Mike on November 7, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    I would love to take my girlfriend to this concert and show her a great time for Valentines Day and what a great band and venue to make it special.

  11. Erin on November 7, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    Would love to see the Silversun Pickups live, especially in the depths of a Portland February!

  12. Teresa on November 8, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    This would be a fun time

  13. Robert Gronotte on November 9, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    Can’t miss it!

  14. Chloe H. on November 9, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Would be so fun!

  15. Carmen on November 10, 2023 at 9:56 am

    Would love something to look forward to in February & haven’t seen this band in over 10 years!

  16. Mikaela Guerry on November 10, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    I see myself in this crowded room
    my fingers itch when he plays that riff
    And will you pick me to step in line, or release the glitch?
    I think I’ll sleep with the panic

    And I’ll try to hold on tight until we get closer to picking the winners. I would love to take my fiancée with me

  17. Michael Zelaya on November 12, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    My wife and I love this band!

  18. Serena S on November 13, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    amazing band!!

  19. Marc W on November 14, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Now THIS is how you spend VDay!

  20. Katy on November 14, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Love this band!!! Would love to be selected to win tix!

  21. Mel on November 14, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Great band

  22. Nikki Turman on November 14, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    This would make the best Valentine’s date ever! I love The Silversun Pickups. 🙂

  23. David on November 14, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    I very much enjoy this band! Haven’t seen them in about three years.

  24. Amanda Davis on November 15, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Would love to go 🙂

  25. Michelle Blake on November 16, 2023 at 8:12 am

    They are from my hometown and I have never seen them. This would be a lovely valentines gift to my husband!

  26. Kaitlin Magana on November 16, 2023 at 9:42 am

    My husband saw them years ago and would love to see them again. I’d love to be able to take him.

  27. Zach on November 16, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Super fun band, would love to see them live.

  28. Carter on November 17, 2023 at 7:22 am


  29. Lena Bainbridge on November 17, 2023 at 10:13 pm

    I’d love to attend and see this alternative scene classic to add it to my list of favorite shows in Portland.

  30. Kim Gallien on November 18, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Love the Silversun Pickups!! This will be a great show!

  31. Arianne Kimberly on November 19, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    I love these peeps! I’d love to see them again ….

  32. Leslie on November 19, 2023 at 5:14 pm

    Would love to see them!

  33. chris campos on November 20, 2023 at 11:25 am

    Hello! I would like to because these guys are amazing and enjoy the Crystal Ballroom.

  34. Scott on November 21, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    Silver Sun
    In the cold light of dawn…
    Or the dim fire of sunset…
    Silver sun burns through
    As Physical thrills do 🙂

  35. Nam on November 21, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    Please pick me

  36. Paul S. on November 22, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    What a fun Valentine’s date this would make. Thanks for the chance!

  37. Gayle Plantz on November 23, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed discovering this band with my teenage daughter loving them too.

  38. Tiffany McElmurry on November 24, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, this would be such an incredible show!!

  39. Anthea Proulx on November 24, 2023 at 8:52 pm

    This would be such a fun show!

  40. Scott Pierce on November 27, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    This should be a good show

  41. Jesse on November 28, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    I love this band, kind of a post hardcore pop spin always gives me good vibes.

  42. james on November 28, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    Even though they are getting less airplay, it takes nothing away from their talent.

  43. Heidi on November 28, 2023 at 7:55 pm

    So glad these guys are still around and touring!

  44. Sam S on November 29, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Fun way to spend Valentine’s Day! Yes, please!

  45. steady1 on November 29, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    Gonna Slap–and that’s the last time I’ll ever use the term I promise. If I get the ticks.

  46. Secret Belanger on November 30, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    Love their music!

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