The Captain Scored For The Pickups

The continued mild temperatures in St. Louis made for an ideal evening downtown, and I had a big one planned on Wednesday.  I recruited professional tastemaker @aquanetter to guide me through flights of beer and cheese at @BridgeSTL to start out the nite.


bridge stl


They make a Cuban sandwich they call “Cuba, Missouri” that I highly recommend.  After a few bites and drinks we stopped by the St. Louis Public Library to check out the fancy new renovation.  It was pretty impressive, from the architecture and the lighting


 grand library


to the book selection.




But we didn’t stay long, for our main destination was Peabody Opera House for the @1057thepoint Ho Ho Show!



We missed the opening set by Cloud Nothings, arriving in just enough time to get a drink and walk all the way down to our seats.  We we’re in the 3rd row!


3rd group


First up was an uneven set from Grouplove.



I’ve been a fan of these eccentric hippies since I first heard them last May.  This was my first time seeing the band live, and I was surprised at how much manic energy the band puts into performing.  Most of the time this energy was fun to watch, but there were a few noticeable times when it fell flat.  Here’s the band closing out their set with Colours



Headlining the show was the Silversun Pickups.



One of my favorite touring bands comes to town and I finally have great seats!


silver brian


Granted, I was a lot closer to SSPU the first time I saw them back in 2007.  But that was at Crowbar, a tiny dive club in Tampa, so everyone was close to the band.

I was especially excited for this performance, as I was anxious to see new bassist Sarah Negahdari perform with the band.  And she did not disappoint.




As my wife can attest, I have a thing for petite brunettes with wavy hair.  And especially ones who can rock the bass so hard!

The Pickups played a scorching set with a great sampling of songs from the band’s catalog.  Singer Brian Aubert had great energy the entire evening; he remarked several times that he was happy to be back in St. Louis.  Brian laughed about the mid-set weather cancelation that happened when The Pickups played Fair St. Louis.2  And he gave a shoutout to Vintage Vinyl before tearing into Panic Switch.

Here’s the full set list from December 12, 2012:


1.  Skin Graph

2.  The Royal We

3.  Bloody Mary

4.  Simmer

5.  Gun-Shy Sunshine

6.  Little Lover’s So Polite

7.  Mean Spirits

8.  The Pit

9.  Catch and Release

10. Panic Switch

11. Dots and Dashes

12. Lazy Eye


1.  Busy Bees

2.  Well Thought Out Twinkles


It’s a definite selection for my Top 5 Live Shows Of 2012.   And a great end to another great evening in downtown St. Louis!



The Captain


1.  The band was kind enough to update the audience on the maternity leave of original bassist Nikki.  Apparently she gave birth to twin girls on December 10th.  Congrats Nikki!

2.  Even though the rain soaked me as I ran away from that stage, it was worth it to see the band play There’s No Secrets This Year with lightning in the background.

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