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Mineral / Patti Smith / Superchunk
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up this past Sunday (9/14) with sets from The Cure, Weezer (playing Blue Album), Primus, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick (playing Heaven Tonight), Patti Smith, Mudhoney, Hot Snakes, Mineral, Lucero, Naked Raygun (playing Throb Throb), La Dispute, Superchunk, The Hold Steady, Kurt Vile, Bouncing Souls, The Front Bottoms, The Menzingers and many more.

I arrived at the final day of the festival to find New Jersey punk heroes The Bouncing Souls already on the Roots Stage, and NJ folk punks The Front Bottoms getting set to perform on the Rebel Stage. Having seen the former a few times, I went for the latter band and heard "Flashlight" as I approached the stage. Their early afternoon-yet-rabid crowd screamed the lyrics along to the song's stop-start chorus. The tongue-in-cheek Talon of the Hawk opener "Au Revoir (Adios)" came next, followed by mix of songs from that album and their 2011 self-titled LP. --ZP

Kurt Vile & The Violators were the next band I caught, over at the Riot Stage. Given that Sunday beared even better weather than Saturday had, opening with "Wakin on a Pretty Day" was an apt choice in full sun. The Violators proceeded to deliver a low-key and enjoyable set that touched on Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Smoke Ring for My Halo, and Childish Prodigy. After a bit of KV and co., I headed over to the Rebel Stage to catch The Hold Steady. The NYC crew kicked things off with "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" from this year's Teeth Dreams, followed by the Boys and Girls in America favorite "Stuck Between Stations." The band flew by their usual M.O. -- flexing some muscle without coming off as too cheesy -- while pulling out tunes from their back catalog. --ZP

Next I went to catch Superchunk, and I arrived at the Riot Stage a bit prior to their set. In the meantime, I caught the last few songs of Billy Bragg's performance on the nearby Roots Stage. Before playing "The Milkman of Human Kindness," Bragg shared that he's out to become "the Pete Seegar of punk" and hopes to be performing into his 90s. He turned "There Is Power in a Union" into a sing-along and finished off with "A New England." Superchunk began with the No Pocky for Kitty tune "Cast Iron," followed by the one-two punch of "Digging For Something" and "FOH." It was back to No Pocky... for "Punch Me Harder," and then Mac asked the crowd to sing along during "Learned To Surf." "I'm gonna need you to repeat after me, in the age-old tradition of repeating after people on stage, he quipped. Their 11-song set came to a close with "Slack Motherfucker" into "Precision Auto." --ZP

Michigan post-hardcore crew La Dispute were up next at the far-from-everything Rock Stage. The four-piece were heavy on this year's great Rooms of the House, and began their 10-song set with "HUDSONVILLE, MI 1956," "Stay Happy There," and "First Reactions After Falling Through the Ice" from the LP falling within the first five they played. Their meditative grooves quickly won over the large crowd they had gathered at the stage. My next target after La Dispute was the Rise Stage, where whiskey-soaked Memphis crew Lucero would soon begin their late afternoon set. I only stuck around for a few songs, but I got to hear some of my favorites from the start, including "On My Way Downtown" into "Nights Like These." --ZP

La Dispute's crowd
Riot Fest 2014 - Day 3

After Lucero, it was back over to the Rock Stage for reunited Austin emo band Mineral. The band quietly took the stage and delivered an excellent set that was split evenly between their 1997 debut The Power of Failing and 1998's EndSerenading. Highlights included their heavier moments found within the brief "Five, Eight, & Ten," "For Ivadell," and "Gloria," and also the more subdued offerings like "Love Letter Typewriter." Mineral were one of the best emo bands out there, and it's great to see them return sounding great. --ZP

One of my most anticipated sets of the three-day fest was Patti Smith's 6PM performance on the Riot Stage. Patti was born in Chicago not all that far from the stage she occupied, and spoke about coming to the park with her mother as a very young child. She and her band opened with "Dancing Barefoot" into the Horses tune "Redondo Beach." A cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" came next, followed by "Pissing in a River." Along with a select few others, Patti Smith fully embodies the spirit of Riot Fest. --ZP

While Zach was over at Patti Smith on the Riot Stage, I was at the Rise Stage for Mudhoney. The grunge grandfathers ripped through their set and barely stopped to catch their breath. Drummer Dan Peters was a beast on drums throughout the set, and at one point the band even made way for a brief drum solo, bringing in the fuzz at the climax. You would think Mark Arm's vocal style would have wrecked his pipes after all these years but the guy sounded just as good as he did on the band's debut album. The definite highlight of set was the band's classic "Touch Me I'm Sick" which left everyone floored. --MM

If Patti Smith carries the ethos of Riot Fest, then Primus serve to represent the festival's large carnival presence. Les Claypool was transfixed on the ferris wheel he faced from the stage and spoke at length about how beautiful it was and how lucky they were to be performing near it. He later prompted guitarist Larry LaLonde to do a solo inspired by the wheel. Unlike when I saw them in 2013, Primus shed their jammy approach of late for the tighter feel of their early material. This shift was aided by stand-in timekeeper Danny Carey, who delivered a fast-handed, rigid performance. The trio opened with the Sailing the Seas of Cheese cut "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," followed by the driving LP number "Here Come the Bastards." The tweaky Brown Album song "Over the Falls" was also played, as well as more favorites like "My Name Is Mud," and set endcap "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver." --ZP

Weezer were one of the albums billed to play a classic album (The Blue Album), but first they warmed up with some of their more recent singles, steadily going back in time with each song. The band played "Pork and Beans," "Beverly Hills," "Island In The Sun," "Hash Pipe," "El Scorcho" and others before getting to 1994, the year of The Blue Album. Everything prior to The Blue Album's performance felt like filler as everyone, including myself, sang along to every Blue Album song, most loudly to "Buddy Holly" which some fans begged to be played again. Weezer performed flawlessly while their stage lights bathed everyone in blue light, keeping in theme of the album's color. It was amazing seeing the band perform The Blue Album-- one of my favorite 90s albums-- in its entirety. I only wish they could've squeezed in Pinkerton right after. --MM

Pics and review of day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More day 3 pictures below...

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Future Punx @ Rockaway Surf Club this summer (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Whether or not you're excited for Weezer's new album you might have affection for the band's early '90s output. With that in mind there's a Weezer tribute happening at Baby's All Right on Tuesday, September 9 featuring members of Beverly, Moon Dudes, Truthers, Future Punx, Nicholas Nicholas, and "more TBA." They'll be playing songs from the Blue Album, Pinkerton and a few b-sides. It's a midnight show and is free.

Both Future Punx and Truthers will be performing as themselves on Sunday (9/7) afternoon, playing at a free Fashion Week block party called "LES Opening Night." It takes place around 45 Orchard St, featuring "art opening, DJs, live music, block partying" and a fashion show. Cake Shop curated the live music portion (4:15 PM start) and in addition to Future Punx and Truthers, Prince Rupert's Drops (who have a new record on the way) are also playing. The full schedule is below.

Then Sunday night, Future Punx will play another show, this time at 402 1/2 Park Ave. in Bed Stuy with Naked Heroes, Prince Klassen and Chris Devlin. $5 at the door and more info here.

Flyer for for the Bed Stuy show and block party schedule below...

Continue reading "Future Punx playing free LES blockparty & other shows, part of Weezer tribute at Baby's All Right w/ mems of Beverly & more"

Weezer at Firefly 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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.

...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.

I guess maybe it's better than a Broadway musical? Maybe?

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...

Continue reading "Rivers Cuomo getting a sitcom about his life on Fox; Weezer streaming clip of new song ft. Best Coast"

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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...

Continue reading "Twin Peaks have a new video; show at Baby's no longer w/ Public Access TV (who open for Weezer instead)"

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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.

Denver single day tickets are on sale too. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

Toronto single day tickets are also on sale. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...

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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.

Continue reading "The Rentals release second song from new album; Weezer share 'Back to the Shack'"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin and Vladislav Grach

Beck / Chance the Rapper / the 'Beek @ Firefly 2014
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival
2014 Firefly Festival

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.

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]

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.

Firefly has already announced dates for next year which will go down June 18 - 21, 2015. Lots more pics from Firefly 2014 below.

Continue reading "Firefly Fest 2014 in pics (Beck, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Chance the Rapper & more); dates announced for Firefly 2015"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Weezer @ Firefly 2014
2014 Firefly Festival

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.

Weezer's upcoming dates include more festivals such as LA's Made In America and Chicago and Denver's Riot Fests where they will be playing the Blue Album in full.

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.

Meanwhile, though Weezer are back on a major, former bassist Matt Sharp is now on Polyvinyl, reunited with his band The Rentals who have a new album coming in August.

More pictures and the setlist from Firefly, with all those videos, below...

Continue reading "Weezer played Firefly (pics), detail new LP; You Blew It! cover them on new EP + Pat catching frisbee & kids cover fail videos"

Rentals

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.

Continue reading "The Rentals detail 'Lost in Alphaville' LP (stream a track)"

Made In America

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.

Lineups below...

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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.

All ten of the albums will be played at Chicago's Riot Fest, and Weezer, Slayer and NOFX will do it again in Denver. You can still get tickets to Chicago and Denver.

"10 Years. 10 Essential Albums." flyer below...

Continue reading "Ten bands playing classic LPs in full at Riot Fests Chicago & Denver (Weezer, Slayer, Descendents, Get Up Kids, more)"

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The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

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...

Continue reading "Riot Fest 2014 Chicago & Denver lineups (The Cure, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Wu-Tang, Flaming Lips, MANY more)"

Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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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...

Continue reading "Chain of Strength playing more US reunion shows before Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (dates & lineup)"

Firefly 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival 2014 lineup announced (Outkast, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Weezer, Band of Horses & more)"

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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...

Continue reading "The Rentals have returned, signed to Polyvinyl, new LP in 2014"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Weezer at The Paramount - 11/24/13
Weezer @ The Paramount - 11/24/2013

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...

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Caveman at Webster Hall in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
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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.

After that, Caveman will also be joining Cat Power, Toro y Moi, DIIV, The Cribs, and more on the 2014 Weezer Cruise in February. Reservations are still available.

All tour dates are listed, along with a couple videos, below...

Continue reading "Caveman throwing NYC "Cavemas Celebration" in December after European tour (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Weezer at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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...

Continue reading "Weezer announce dates, planning to reunite w/ Ric Ocasek to produce new album"

Toro y Moi at Webster Hall in February (more by Jonathon Bernstein)
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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.

More Weezer Cruise info, including info on making a reservation, is at theweezercruise.com. Full lineup and lineup announcement video below...

Continue reading "Weezer Cruise 2014 lineup announced (Cat Power, Toro y Moi, DIIV, The Cribs, Ash, Palma Violets, Holy Fuck & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Weezer at Jones Beach in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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.

Continue reading "Mark McGrath's cruise cancelled, but Weezer Cruise returning for another year"

Killer Mike in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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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...

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Ash

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.

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ACLACL

After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

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"dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today." - Mikey Welsh, 9/26/11

Mikey

"Mikey Welsh, most famously known as the bassist for the rock band Weezer, died unexpectedly Saturday, according to the band. He was 40.

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]

RIP Mikey

Deluna fest

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.

Tickets are on sale now for only $189.95 for all three days, all stages and in/out privileges."
Don't hold Linkin Park against them. We know how hard it is for Florida festivals to sell tickets! Hotel options HERE.

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