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A tough choice coming for local music geeks

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Avett Bros. on top, Silversun on bottom.

Big word in coming-soon news. Last night, Revolution's Chris King confirmed that buzzy LA rock act Silversun Pickups will be here on Friday, September 25. Even more, they're sharing the bill with Manchester Orchestra, another almost equally buzzy indie rock act. BUT, as it happens, that's the same night that widely beloved indie-folk trio the Avett Brothers play Robinson. What's a indie music geek to do? A helpful breakdown of each show below.

Silversun Pickups

Who?
A L.A.-based quartet that leans heavily on layered, distorted guitars, inspires a lot of Smashing Pumpkins comparisons and has a popular new album, "Swoon," that debuted on the Billboard charts at number seven. It's also a band that's left several respected music critics drunk on descriptive adjectives. The New York Times' Jon Pareles: "Silversun Pickups’ songs are fascinated by instrumental possibilities — pealing, crashing, shimmering, pinging, blaring." Rolling Stone's David Fricke:  “The guitar distortion that eats up much of the air on "Swoon"...comes in many forms, including wounded-bear roars, pissed-off-snake hisses and black-syrup rivers of drone.”

Where? Revolution. A centrally located club where you can stand, dance and drink, all while watching the show and not attracting the ire of the person sitting behind you.

Openers? Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra, who blend post-grunge, indie rock and alt-country jangle, and Cage the Elephant, a swaggering rock band from Bowling Green with a much ballyhooed live show.

How much? $25, tickets go on-sale on Friday.

Will it sell out? Yes.


The Avett Brothers

Who? Two brothers, Seth and Scott Avett, and upright bassist Bob Crawford, who tour and record prolifically and participate in a number of side projects. As the Avett Brothers, they do a sort of expansive folk rock, full of harmony, urgency and melancholic pop hooks. Rick Rubin signed them last year to his American label and produced their forthcoming EP.

Where?  Centrally located Robinson Center Music Hall, where you'll have a designated fairly comfortable seat and your view's not likely to be impeded, but also where you're not allowed to drink and watch the show.

Opener? Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers, an Oklahoma-based band and veteran of White Water that we predicted last year would soon be playing big stages. Crain's tremulous voice is the draw.

How much? $26, tickets already onsale, via Ticketmaster.

Will it sell out? Probably not.

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