Concert Review: GO96.3’s Snow Show ’15 @ Northrop Auditorium – Minneapolis – December 3, 2015

“This is honestly the best “seated” show we have played so far this year,” said Silversun Pickups’ Brian Aurbert. He then jokingly added,”This is literally one of our favorite cities in the world.  And we’ll say the same thing tomorrow night in Chicago.”

The Wombats-186For their inaugural winter Snow Show ’15, local radio station Go 96.3 pulled off all the stops with a spectacular grouping of bands.  Night 1 featuring a hard rocking lineup including headliners Silversun Pickups, Metric and The Wombats.  Night 2 a bit more subdued with Best Coast and Death Cab For Cutie*.

The Wombats proved a welcome opener with a solid set of radio-friendly tracks and a healthy dose of showmanship (courtesy of guitarist Tord Øverland Knudsen).  From top to bottom, Knudsen hyped up the crowd as he jumped and twisted, even pointing at the audience as he took a rest at the drum stand.  Vocalist Matthew Murphy was a bit more relaxed has he blasted through songs off Glitterbug.

Metric ©Joe Stadele Photography (17)Metric were killer.  Vocalist, keyboardist Emily Haines revealed herself to the audience in peacock wings for the show opening “Lie, Lie, Lie.”  After that the wings were off for a punchy set of songs drawn mostly from their recent Pagans in Vegas and 2012’s Synthetica.

The rest of night was all Silversun Pickups.  The last time we saw SSPU in Minneapolis, the quartet was playing a rival radio stations Rock The Garden Festival.  Since RtG, the band evolved their sound and recorded their best album-to-date, Better Nature.  (In fact, I will even go as far as placing it in the Top Ten albums of 2015.)  At Snow Show ’15, SSPU were flawless.  Joe Lester’s contributions on keys were as perfect live as they were on Better Nature. Silversun Pickups © Joe Stadele Photography (8)Christopher Guanlao was a complete animal on drums, particularly  Auerbach’s vocals were emotional and immediate on “Friendly Fires” and “Ragamuffin.”  “Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)” and “Latchkey Kids” had the audience dancing…or at least tapping there toes from their Northrop seat.  Bassist Nikki Monninger’s vocal contributions to “Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)” and Nightlight were refreshing and welcomed.  In fact, Aubert and Monninger’s vocals mix so well, if I had to make one request it would be for more Monninger.  In the end, even the slightest of fans were won over with Silversun Pickups’ classics “Panic Switch” and “Lazy Eye.”

While Snow Show Night 1 was a tremendous success, the night ended on a somber note upon learning of the death of Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver), whom was found just 10 miles away.  *Photos below are from Night 1.  Death Cab For Cutie declined photography prior to their set on Night 2.

The Wombats’ Setlist
Give Me a Try
Jump Into the Fog
Be Your Shadow
Techno Fan
Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)
Greek Tragedy
Let’s Dance to Joy Division

Metric’s Setlist
Lie Lie Lie
Youth Without Youth
Help I’m Alive
Too Bad, So Sad
Black Sheep
Gold Guns Girls
The Shade
Breathing Underwater

Silversun Pickups’ Setlist
Cradle (Better Nature)
Well Thought Out Twinkles
The Royal We
Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)
The Pit
Friendly Fires
Latchkey Kids
Panic Switch
Lazy Eye

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