Silversun Pickups has done pretty much everything right in its relatively short, and absolutely celebrated, existence. Since it arose from the Silver Lake music scene in 2002, the LA four-piece has been nominated for a Grammy and sold well over 1 million records worldwide. The band has drawn comparisons to heavy-hitting indie outfits of yore, but in reality it is modern alternative-rock at its best. With bits of dreamy pop and shoegaze thrown into the mix, the group's sound is its own. Bad Books (Manchester Orchestra and singer-songwriter Kevin Devine) has turned out to be one of the most intriguing musical collaborations in years. The songs showcase the Andy Hull "more-than-emo" aesthetic, as well as the downtrodden folk-pop of Devine. But the product is the definition of synergy, and infinitely accessible to anyone with ears.
Silversun Pickups play Friday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St. $20-$25. rochestermainstreetarmory.com.