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The Alternate Side

Take Five with The Alternate Side: Silversun Pickups

Although Silversun Pickups has seen its share of indie rock mainstream success, thanks to singles like "Lazy Eye" or "Panic Switch,"  the Los Angeles quartet isn't content staying on a predictable path.

For its third album, Neck of the Woods, out now on Dangerbird Records, Silversun Pickups strayed on a darker, dreamier road, influenced as much by frontman Brian Aubert's affection for scary movies and contemplative late-night walks as by its new producer, Jacknife Lee, who has worked with U2, Editors and Bloc Party.

Take Five with The Alternate Side: Metric

Metric's slow ascent from well-kept Canadian secret to a band that headlines New York's Radio City Music Hall — which the quartet will do on September 23 — is even more intriguing given the group's determination over the last few years to create an independent business model, self-releasing its new album, Synthetica, this week via Metric Music International with partner Mom + Pop Music.

Take Five with The Alternate Side: Zeus

The journey of Toronto retro-gazing rockers Zeus nearly befits their mighty name. Like one of their inspirations, The Band, the members of Zeus began life as a backing band for singer Jason Collett before venturing out on their own with their debut album, 2010's Say Us, which was long listed for Canada's prestigious Polaris Prize.