Entries tagged with: Weezer
Weezer at Firefly 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The story of Weezer's Rivers Cuomo extended break from being a famous rock frontman to attend Harvard University is now getting turned into a sitcom on Fox. Deadline reports:
Psych creator Steve Franks has teamed with rock musician Rivers Cuomo for DeTour, a single-camera comedy inspired by the Weezer frontman's real-life experiences. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. DeTour centers on a thirtysomething rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.I guess maybe it's better than a Broadway musical? Maybe?
...The series would mirror and embellish Cuomo's journey with a fictional character and the small band of misfit friends that make it possible for one another to get through these formative years.
In other news, Weezer's new Ric Ocasek-produced album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End (due 10/7 via Repulbic), will feature Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino on the track "Go Away." A clip of that was recently revealed and can be streamed below...
Chicago's Twin Peaks just released their new album and have a brand new video for their big riff summery single "I Found a New Way," which you can watch below. The band's tour with The Lemons kicks off tonight in Detroit and will roll into NYC next week for shows at Mercury Lounge (8/13) and Baby's All Right (8/14). You can win tickets to both either of those shows.
The Baby's date was supposed to also feature loved-by-UK-press NYC band Public Access TV, but the band has dropped off the bill which may or may not have something to do with them getting added to a Weezer show in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday (8/9). The band don't have another NYC show on their schedule but they have a short East Coast tour in September. They also have a new video for "Rebounder" which was directed by Douglas Hart who was the original bassist for Jesus & Mary Chain and has helmed clips for My Bloody Valentine and The Horrors. You can watch that below.
All PATV dates are listed, along with videos, below...
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
Matt Sharp's band The Rentals, whose line-up these days includes Lucius' Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig as well as Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, will release their long-awaited (15 years) new album, Lost in Alphaville, on August 26. They've just released a second track from the album, "1000 Seasons," which is an ode to making a connection in today's hyper-connected world. Stream it below. Still no tour dates announced
Meanwhile, Matt's old band, Weezer, also released the studio version of riff-rocker "Back to the Shack," which is the first single for their new album, from their new album, Everything Will Be All Right in the End. Stream that below too.
Beck / Chance the Rapper / the 'Beek @ Firefly 2014
Foo Fighters set the bar high Friday night with its impromptu five-song set of covers, but they weren't the only ones tapping into the deep well of other artists' hits.Dover, DE's Firefly Music Festival just wrapped up its third year, drawing about 80,000 attendees over three days. We already posts sets of pictures from Weezer, Courtney Barnett, San Fermin and Outkast's sets at Firefly, and here's the rest of what we shot, including Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Phantogram, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, Girl Talk, Iron & Wine and lots more.
Arctic Monkeys played a bit of Black Sabbath's War Pigs, Sleigh Bells teased the crowd with the intro to Extreme's More Than Words and Imagine Dragons paid homage to Rush with a powerful rendition of Tom Sawyer. And that's not even taking into account the collaborations, including Cage the Elephant jumping on stage with Imagine Dragons to play the latter's hit Radioactive.
The talker of the festival, though, was Beck's funkified version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean -- including moves fit for the King of Pop -- during his Saturday night set on the lawn stage. - [USA Today]
Firefly has already announced dates for next year which will go down June 18 - 21, 2015. Lots more pics from Firefly 2014 below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Weezer @ Firefly 2014
This past weekend (6/19-22) in Dover, Delaware, tons of bands played the annual Firefly Music Festival, including Weezer who offered a set of four Blue Album songs, plenty of their 2000s hits and a cover of Blur's "Song 2." Pictures, the setlist, and a video from their set are in this post.
It didn't include any new material off their upcoming album though, like other recent shows have (you can watch a video of them playing a new song, "Back To The Shack," below). We knew the album was being produced by Ric Ocasek (of The Cars, and who produced Blue and Green), and more details on it have emerged since we last spoke. It's called Everything Will Be Alright, and will have the band back on a major label (Republic), following 2010's Epitaph-released Hurley. No release date or singles out yet, but you can watch some teaser videos with song clips, below.
In other news, a video's been making the internet rounds of a band of middle schoolers covering Weezer's "Undone" and having it go horribly wrong in about 30 seconds. You can watch that below. Another video's been making the internet rounds of Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson catching a frisbee while drumming and not missing a beat (of "Beverly Hills"). You can watch that below too.
In more related news, You Blew It! just released their cover of "Surf Wax America" from their upcoming You Blue It EP (due 8/12 via Topshelf) which pays tribute to Weezer's Blue Album. Take a listen to the song (via Stereogum below. You can catch the band on tour with Say Anything, The Front Bottoms and The So So Glos.
More pictures and the setlist from Firefly, with all those videos, below...
Late last year it was announced that original Weezer bassist Matt Sharp's band The Rentals would be reforming and releasing a new album on Polyvinyl. That album has since been officially announced. It's called Lost in Alphaville and will be out on August 26. That's the cover art above, and you can check out the tracklist, along with the very Rentals-esque first single "Thought of Sound," below.
As mentioned, the lineup for this album is Matt along with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (Lucius- vocals), Ryen Slegr (Ozma - guitars), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet - strings) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys - drums).
The only live appearance scheduled so far is the Nano-Mugen Festival in Yokohama, Japan happening July 12 & 13 but more dates are TBA.
As previously mentioned, Jay Z is throwing his Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philly and LA this year, simultaneously on August 30-31. The lineup for Philly has just been announced and includes Kanye West and Kings of Leon as headliners, plus The National, Pharrell, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, Grimes, De La Soul, Baauer, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost and more. Full lineup below.
UPDATE: The LA lineup was also announced and it includes headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer plus Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Metric, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, YG, Dr. Dog, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA and more. Full lineup below.
2-day passes for both fests are on sale now.
this is one of 10 albums being performed in full at Riot Fest
The killer lineups for Chicago and Denver's Riot Fests were announced this week, and as if having tons of classic bands wasn't enough, the festival has now announced then ten of those bands will perform one of their classic albums in full. It's in celebration of the festival's 10th anniversary (they're calling it "10 Years. 10 Essential Albums.") and includes Jane's Addiction playing their 1988 major label debut, Nothing's Shocking, The Offspring playing their 20-year old Smash (which they're also doing on tour this year), Weezer playing The Blue Album (which also turned 20 this year), NOFX is doing Punk In Drublic (turning 20 in July), Slayer will play their thrash masterpiece Reign In Blood, Danzig's post-Misfits band Samhain are playing their debut, Initium, Descendents play their highly influential debut Milo Goes to College, Naked Raygun play their debut Throb Throb, and The Get Up Kids will play emo/pop punk classic Something To Write Home About, plus one more TBA. Nicely done, Riot Fest.
"10 Years. 10 Essential Albums." flyer below...
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.
The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.
Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...
Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Dover, Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival is returning this year and has expanded to a four-day festival happening from June 19-22. Since we last spoke, the lineup has been announced and it includes Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses, Chance the Rapper, Courtney Barnett, Iron & Wine, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tegan and Sara, tUnE-yArDs, Washed Out, not to mention everyone's favorite festival act Jack Jackson as one of the headliners. Tickets go on sale Monday (1/20) at noon, and VIP passes are already on sale.
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
We are not long from having every '90s band reunited. We just posted about Veruca Salt's original line-up getting back together and now comes word that Matt Sharp is reopening The Rentals counter with a new line-up of the band and a new album -- their first in 15 years -- due on Polyvinyl sometime next year.
The Rentals, which Sharp started as a Weezer (who are also planning a new album) side project before quitting that band in 1997, have been back in sporadic action since 2006, occasionally playing shows. Previous line-ups featured Petra Hayden and Maya Rudolph, but the new one is this: Jess Wolfe & Holly Laessig (Lucius), Ryen Slegr (Ozma), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys). The new album was recorded in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York City and was produced by Matt Sharp & The Rentals.
No other details have been released. While we wait for those, what other '90s bands would you like to see reunite? I'm still hoping for Ride.
Videos for "Friends of P" and "Waiting" below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Weezer at The Paramount - 11/24/13
Weezer came to Long Island over the weekend for a show at The Paramount (11/24), one of their few fall/winter dates that they're doing ahead of their 2014 Weezer Cruise. As you'd expect from a Weezer show that isn't a Pinkerton show or one literally sharing the stage with the Flaming Lips, we got half of Blue Album and then the hits from the other albums. Sure, if you were there you had to sit through "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" and "Beverly Hills," but at least they still proudly rock the Blue songs, deliver fan favorites like "El Scorcho," and despite the overall output of post-millennium Weezer, "Hash Pipe" is pretty undeniable live. Pictures from the show, including openers Elliot & The Ghost, are in this post.
They continue, along with Weezer's setlist and videos, below...
Caveman at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Indie-pop band Caveman, who just did a run of shows at CMJ, are at at the Iceland Airwaves Festival this week and will then tour Europe. After that, the band has cooked up a little holiday fun, throwing what they're calling their first "Cavemas Celebration" at Bowery Ballroom on December 5 with Vacationer playing as well. Tickets to that show go on sale Wednesday (10/30) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Weezer at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Weezer have the return of their Weezer Cruise coming up in February, which includes Cat Power, DIIV, The Cribs, Ash, Palma Violets, and more (tickets); and they've just announced a few club dates to go down before then. One of those dates happens in the NYC-area at Long Island's Paramount on November 24 with Elliot and the Ghost opening. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (10/30) at 10 AM with a venue presale starting Tuesday (10/29) at 10 AM.
According to Alternative Press, Weezer are talking about reuniting with The Cars' Ric Ocasek to produce their next album. Ric was behind the boards for their excellent self-titled debut (aka Blue Album), and the similar looking 2001 album that tried to recreate it, Green Album. Weezer haven't released a new album since 2010 and they haven't released a good one since... (but we'll still keep our fingers crossed).
They also have plans of a greatest hits album, and a potential fourth installment of Rivers Cuomo's Alone series.
All dates are listed, along with some recent live videos, below...
Toro y Moi at Webster Hall in February (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
As mentioned, the Weezer Cruise is returning in 2014 from February 13-17 from the coast of Jacksonville, FL to the Bahamas, and the lineup for the 2014 cruise has just been announced. Like the inaugural cruise, the lineup is heavy on solid indie rock/pop, including Cat Power, Toro y Moi, DIIV, The Cribs, Ash (who appeared on the Angus Soundtrack with Weezer), Palma Violets, Holy Fuck, Bleached, Caveman, The Orwells, and more. It also includes Adam Devine from Workaholics. Cat Power performs with Weezer at the beach show, and the cruise will also give concertgoers a chance to see the band members take yoga classes, do karaoke, and more.
In related news, Toro y Moi just remixed Disclosure, which we posted in today's What's Going On? post, but if you missed it, you can also stream it below.
by Andrew Sacher
Weezer at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
So it turns out that totally awesome cruise that Mark McGrath was going to do with a redonkulously stacked lineup of Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Vertical Horizon, and more isn't going to happen after all. "It's a real bummer," says Mark McGrath. We feel you bro, a real bummer for sure. Mark blames "that poop cruise" (aka the Carnival cruise that got stuck at sea) for the cancellation. Can you imagine what would have happened if Mark McGrath's cruise got stuck at sea? Would Smash Mouth just play "All Star" on repeat until we got home to encourage us? Alice Cooper cancelled a cruise recently too. Can you imagine if that one got stranded at sea?
Still, other cruises are alive and well, as evidenced by Weezer, whose Weezer Cruise is returning for a second run from February 13-17, 2014 from the coast of Jacksonville, FL to the Bahamas, just over two years after its inaugural cruise. How can Weezer's cruise still happen after that poop cruise ruined cruises forever? Maybe the real reason is Weezer books bands people care about now (the first cruise had Dinosaur Jr., The Antlers, Yuck, Wavves, and more) and Mark McGrath books bands that no one has listened to since people actually bought Now, That's What I Call Music! CDs. Weezer hasn't announced their lineup for this year yet, but we're assuming Sugar Ray and Smash Mouth aren't going to be on it. A trailer video for Weezer's 2014 cruise (which includes info about when tickets go on sale) is below. Stay tuned for the lineup.
Killer Mike in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Atlanta rapper Killer Mike spent a great deal of 2012 on the road in support of that year's excellent R.A.P. Music album, and though he doesn't have a 2013 tour scheduled at the moment, he does have a bunch of festival appearances coming up. He'll head to Texas this March for 35 Denton followed by SXSW, and will also be at Sasquatch!, Bonnaroo, Primavera Sound, the Black Hippy-headlined Paid Dues Festival in San Bernardino, the just-announced ten-day Ottawa Bluesfest (he plays on 7/10 with Weezer, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, El-P and others), and he will be near NYC in July for Camp Bisco. Bisco tickets are still available.
However, if you want to see him actually in NYC and much sooner than that, you can enter Scion A/V's Twitter/Instagram contest (instructions and details HERE) to get into the Killer Mike show Scion is presenting on March 20 at Public Assembly with Two-9 and Morri$, as part of the same series that A$AP Rocky just played. Entering Scion's contest is the only way to gain access to the show.
All Killer Mike dates are listed, along with the Public Assembly show flyer, below...
Veteran Irish trio Ash are celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year and are playing two NYC gigs as part of their year-long celebration: November 16 at Knitting Factory and November 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (9/5) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (9/7) at noon; Knit tickets go on sale Saturday (9/8) at 10 AM.
While it's about two years since Tim Wheeler (who's only 35) and the band released original material, the band recently put out an EP of covers titled Little Infinity that finds them tackling songs by Abba, The Beatles, David Bowie and others. You can stream it at Spotify.
Before the NYC dates, Ash will be out for a few shows with Weezer. All tour dates are listed below, along with a few Ash videos.
"dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today." - Mikey Welsh, 9/26/11
"Mikey Welsh, most famously known as the bassist for the rock band Weezer, died unexpectedly Saturday, according to the band. He was 40.RIP Mikey
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Darryl Baety, a Chicago police spokesman, said that officers responded at 1:45 p.m. Saturday to a call from the Raffaello Hotel regarding a guest who had been scheduled to check out, but had not.
After first knocking on the door, hotel personnel entered and found someone who was "unresponsive and not breathing," according to Baety.
Police are conducting a death investigation related to the case, pending autopsy results, Baety said.
According to Welsh's official website, he was a painter before he made the the shift to music at age 19. A decade later, he had achieved fame as the bassist for the band Weezer, replacing the band's longtime bassist Matt Sharp.
Welsh was part of the band's 2001 "Green Album" release, which featured "Hash Pipe." The single became one of the band's biggest hits, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard's Alternative songs chart." [CNN]
Speaking of shows the Shins are playing...
"DeLuna Fest and Five Flags Tourism Group are excited to announce the performance schedule for this year's music festival taking place on the gorgeous sugar-white sands of Pensacola Beach, FL, on October 14th, 15th, and 16th. DeLuna Fest's five stages and waterfront hotels along Pensacola Beach will play host to over 80 bands..... Go to http://lineup.delunafest.com/schedule to see the full schedule for this year's outstanding line up for DeLuna Fest 2011 which includes Linkin Park on their only US Fall date, The Shins, Weezer, Cake, Jane's Addiction, Cut Copy, Big Boi, Matt & Kim, Girl Talk, Wanda Jackson, Bettye LaVette, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many, many more.Don't hold Linkin Park against them. We know how hard it is for Florida festivals to sell tickets! Hotel options HERE.
Tickets are on sale now for only $189.95 for all three days, all stages and in/out privileges."
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Flaming Lips and Weezer played their second of two co-headlining shows at a wet Jones Beach on Friday (7/29). As we learned from the first show in NJ the night before, Wayne and Rivers opened the show by riding in their own space bubbles as the remaining members of both bands played "Sweet Leaf" (Black Sabbath) on stage. That was followed by alternating sets by the two bands every few songs, starting with The Flaming Lips.
According to Rolling Stone, "The Flaming Lips had a tougher job because they were playing to what was clearly a majority Weezer fan audience. They even had to endure some obnoxious "Weezer! Weezer!" chants between songs." Those in attendance who do appreciate the Flaming Lips's great work were treated to their recent Neon Indian collaboration "Is David Bowie Dying?," in addition to popular standouts like "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song," "What Is the Light?" "The Observer," and "Do You Realize??"
Weezer, whose new material is slightly lacking (to say the least), focused a little more on their earlier stuff like they did on their Blue Album/Pinkerton tour. They played old favorites like "El Scorcho," "My Name is Jonas," "Surf Wax America," and "Buddy Holly," though they didn't touch on early b-sides like they did the previous night when New Jerseyans were rewarded with "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" and "Susanne," in addition to two more Pinkerton tracks. They also covered Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" like they did in May when they posted a live-in-studio video of them recording the track to their YouTube account.
The encore saw both bands rejoin on stage for one of each band's quirkier tracks. Wayne and Rivers traded verses on the Lips' "She Don't Use Jelly" and Rivers sang lead on "Undone - The Sweater Song" as Wayne ran into the audience shooting confetti.
Yeasayer opened the show in the rain with a short set made up of their singles and fan favorites.
More pictures, videos, and setlists from the show below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
The Flaming Lips and Weezer played side-by-side sets at PNC Banks Arts Center last night (7/28) with an opening set from Yeasayer (who we missed). Pictures from the NJ show are in this post.
As mentioned, Rivers Cuomo was quoted in a recent press release saying, "I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in." He wasn't joking! Toby Tenenbaum, who shot the show, writes:
The special intro comprised the two lead singers from Flaming Lips and Weezer (Wayne Coyne and River Cuomo) pulling one of the most original stunts I had ever seen. They were both inside their own inflatable balloon and used it to crowd-walk/surf over the heads of the crowd. It was truly awesome and unique.As the two frontmen rolled around the audience in the space balls, the remaining band members on stage played a rendition of Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf." Check out a video of all of that happening below.
The two bands then alternated every few songs. To quote Toby again, "With the average song length for FL being about 6 minutes per song and for Weezer its the standard 3 minutes per song it felt that Weezer were simply playing intermittently between a Flaming Lips show. One high point for Weezer was the Radiohead Paranoid Android cover." The bands also played together at the end of the show. The full setlist and other videos are also below.
All three bands will play again tonight (7/29) at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island. Tickets are still available. Stay tuned for pictures and a review from that show too, and congrats to all the BV contest winners that were/are in attendance.
More pictures, the video and the NJ setlist below...