SILVERSUN PICKUPS9 p.m., Revolution. $25.
The L.A.-based quartet Silversun Pickups
has left several prominent music critics drunk on descriptive adjectives. The New York Times' Jon Pareles writes, “Silversun Pickups' songs are fascinated by instrumental possibilities — pealing, crashing, shimmering, pinging, blaring,” while Rolling Stone's David Fricke does 'em one bettter: “The guitar distortion that eats up much of the air on [the band's new album] comes in many forms, including wounded-bear roars, pissed-off-snake hisses and black-syrup rivers of drone.” You might need a psychotropic assist on Friday if you're hoping to hear all that, but the band's layered, distorted guitars will undoubtedly star. Expect Smashing Pumpkin's style alt-rock that somehow manages to shimmer and sound dour at the same time. The bill's openers could headline alone. Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra
blends post-grunge, indie rock and alt-country jangle, while Cage the Elephant
, a swaggering rock band from Bowling Green, enjoys a reputation for its much-ballyhooed live show.