Middle East
'We want to escape but we fear the sea': Exile in Egypt
Los Angeles Times

May 8: Silversun Pickups, "Neck of the Woods"

A love of early Smashing Pumpkins music made Silversun Pickups' oh-so-Corgan-influenced '06 debut "Carnavas" a favorite of mine. The group's second album, "Swoon," didn't speak to me as much, but there's sure to be at least one more grungy earworm worth a listen on the new album. -- Emily Van Zandt