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!

    • Sami on December 25, 2023 at 7:01 pm

      This band reminds me of my teen years!!

      • Pepper on January 2, 2024 at 5:42 pm

        Sounds like a good time!

    • Cameron on February 6, 2024 at 11:07 am

      As Harris Wittels said, they’re better than the Beatles – they just arrived much later onto the scene. Best band of all time.

  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.

    • Brian on December 28, 2023 at 8:04 pm

      One of my favorite bands that feels like they’re trying to play a show in the library while rocking the gym.

  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!

  47. Myranda on December 5, 2023 at 8:49 am

    Sounds so fun! Would love to win~

  48. Juli on December 5, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    LoVe SSPU!!
    pick me pick me!!

  49. Nicole on December 5, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Love this band, and to see them on V-Day would be great!

  50. Joshua O. on December 7, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    Valentines day concert with one of my favorites would be awesome.

  51. Carter on December 8, 2023 at 7:15 am

    Awesome to see them

  52. Rose on December 9, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Love this band!!

  53. Christina on December 9, 2023 at 11:35 pm

    Love Silversun Pickups!

  54. Glenn on December 10, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    I could pickup on my Valentine one more time for old times sake!!!

  55. Charity on December 12, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    Love the SILVERSUN pickups! Would be rad to see them

  56. Casandra on December 13, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Sliversun Pickups have been a favorite for a long time! It would be so fun to surprise my husband with tickets for Valentine’s Day!

  57. Justin McGee on December 14, 2023 at 8:52 am

    I would love to win tickets to this show.

  58. Reannin Crane on December 15, 2023 at 11:59 am

    They are such a great band to see live!

  59. Bert on December 19, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    They are one of my favorite bands!

  60. Anne barber on December 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Valentines Day with the Silversun Pickups? Yes pleasr! Theyre one of my all time favorite bands!

  61. Cody on December 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Love shows at Crystal Ballroom. Very excited to see this band is coming to Portland. Would love to bring my girlfriend to this!

  62. Saara on December 20, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    Amazing. I saw them just gaining momentum in 2006 at the Troubadour. I’m so excited to hear their new work, at a great Portland venue, eighteen years later! On Valentines day– celebrating two years with the love of my life.

  63. Tyler on December 21, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day present!

  64. Lisa on December 27, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    WOW! Would love to see them.

  65. Jessica Brunmeier on December 27, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve missed them every time in Portland unfortunately, so I would love to go!

  66. Alena on December 27, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    Sounds fun!

  67. Mel on January 2, 2024 at 10:43 am

    Would love to hear the newish album live

  68. Princess Leah 👸 on January 2, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    Need some happiness 😊

  69. Zoe Huddleston on January 2, 2024 at 3:14 pm

    I absolutely love Silversun Pickups! It would be LEGENDARY to see them live!

  70. Donna G on January 2, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    Great band. I would love to see them live.

  71. Heidi on January 2, 2024 at 5:05 pm

    Love these guys!

  72. Jake J on January 2, 2024 at 6:41 pm

    Would love to attend!

  73. Anastasiya on January 3, 2024 at 9:34 am

    Would love to attend this show!

  74. James on January 3, 2024 at 10:16 am

    Oooh this would be fun to take my daughter to.

  75. Suzanna Banana on January 6, 2024 at 9:49 pm

    OmG i LoVe ThEm!!! This would be such a fun show. They are one of my favorite bands and I’ve never seen them!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  76. Jade on January 9, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    This would be a great show to attend!!

  77. David on January 10, 2024 at 4:35 am

    I’ve missed seeing them live twice! 3rd time lucky?

  78. Lisa on January 11, 2024 at 9:44 pm

    Oh yeahhhhh! I’d love to go!

  79. Amelia Gross on January 13, 2024 at 5:56 pm

    Hoping for something to look forward to for V-day! <3

  80. Hunter M on January 14, 2024 at 11:32 pm

    The best! Can’t wait for this one

  81. Wayne F on January 16, 2024 at 3:05 pm

    Saw them at the Crystal, last time they were here. Great show! Would love to take my wife for Valentine’s Day.

  82. Michelle on January 16, 2024 at 3:10 pm

    Oh my this would be a perfect valentine’s date night to see SSPU!

  83. Alena on January 16, 2024 at 3:17 pm

    my husband hates Valentine’s Day so won’t plan anything special. It would be fun to have a date night out.

  84. fduong on January 17, 2024 at 8:12 am

    They have been one of my favorite bands since high school! 10+ years now! I would love to see them their music means so much to me

  85. Elisabeth on January 18, 2024 at 2:10 pm

    I love silversun pickups and I still haven’t seen them live before, would love to go

  86. Nicole M on January 20, 2024 at 1:59 pm

    Perfect date night/valentines day/cool kids concert that I’ve never been too before! Would love to go, pleaaassseee!?

  87. Rae on January 21, 2024 at 12:52 am

    Could use a little live music

  88. Sara on January 25, 2024 at 6:52 pm

    Really happy to have reintroduced myself to this band as an adult and remember the teen years. Would be so great to see them live with my partner!

  89. Patrick Coffin on February 5, 2024 at 12:21 pm

    Seen them a couple different times. Silversun pick
    Ups put on a great show with amazing lyrics! Please pick me, I’d love to see them again!

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