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Weezer at Bowery Ballroom (October 27, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 14th 2014

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I’ve now seen Weezer play Pinkerton, music festivals and at a Casino Resort. But now I can say that I saw them play an intimate club show at Bowery Ballroom, which was as cool as it gets.

They stopped by the Bowery on October 27 as a part of the first leg of the tour for new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. This tour featured intimate club shows that would feature the new album played from front to back. But as it turned out, they would start the show with a 9-song acoustic offering of greatest hits and some rarities.

The acoustic set began with Rivers Cuomo performing “El-Scorcho” b-side “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly.” Guitarist Brian Bell came out next for “Why Bother,” bassist Scott Shriner for Red Album bonus track “King,” and then finally drummer Pat Wilson joined everyone for a triumphant performance of “El Scorcho.” They gave the crowd the option of hearing “beloved b-side “Susanne” (which they played the night before in Boston) or “No One Else.” It was a close call, but “No One Else” ended up being the winner. The acoustic performance was basically a open sing-along with the fans. With the crowd filled with only the most die-hard Weezer fans, it was a cool experience to be a part of.

The band went to change and came back ready to chug through the new album. The album is one of the best from Weezer in some time, and the band seemed pretty passionate about playing its tracks. They were joined by Lizzy Plapinger from MSMR for “Go Away” (Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino sings on the album), which was a nice touch.

They returned with a one-song encore of “Tired Of Sex”, which was the only old-school Weezer track treated with a full electric version. It was a perfect send-off to what will probably be the most intimate Weezer experience one could possibly hope for.

Find the setlist posted below, along with a photo gallery of the night.

Setlist:

Acoustic:
1. You Gave Your Love to Me Softly (Rivers Solo)
2. Why Bother? (Brian Introduced)
3. King (Scott Introduced)
4. El Scorcho (Pat Introduced)
5. The Other Way
6. The Good Life
7. Island in the Sun
8. No One Else
9. Buddy Holly

Everything Will Be Alright in the End:

10. Ain’t Got Nobody
11. Back to the Shack
12. Eulogy for a Rock Band
13. Lonely Girl
14. I’ve Had It Up to Here
15. The British Are Coming
16. Da Vinci
17. Go Away
18. Cleopatra
19. Foolish Father
20. The Waste Land
21. Anonymous
22. Return to Ithaka

Encore:
23. Tired of Sex

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Weezer – Back To The Shack

By Will Oliver, August 20th 2014

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Weezer will release new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End on my birthday (September 30).

I’m sure most of you are very cautious about a new Weezer album, and who can blame you? All of their recent output has been mostly disappointing, save for a few memorable cuts here and there (“Pork and Beans” and “Perfect Situation” slayed live at Firefly this year).

First single “Back To The Shack” features cheeky lyrics poking fun at some of the bands more recent poor choices such as a reference to him and Pat switching roles on The Red Album. Even with some classic Weezer elements at play, “Back To The Shack” doesn’t have that classic Weezer spark. It’s tolerable, but ultimately forgettable.

Weezer at Firefly Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2014 — with 2 comments

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Weezer, who have a new album titled Everything Will Be Alright In The End on the way, played a midday set at Firefly that was oddly non-headlining and only an hour long. This was a questionable move on the festival’s part in my opinion, especially considering the amazing reception that the band got through their set.

The group didn’t screw around at all, delivering a greatest hits set that was everything a Weezer fan could have wanted. No new songs were played, but it was almost preferable when you get to hear songs like “My Name Is Jonas””, “Island In The Sun”, and “Say It Ain’t So.” The crowd went old school with Weezer, holding up the trademark W sign with their hands and producing a mass production of crowd-surfers. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed so many crowd-surfers at once. The peak came during “Pork and Beans”, where I simply lost count.

After “Photograph” they worked in a cover of Blur’s “Song 2″ with Rivers on drums and drummer Pat Wilson handling vocal and guitar duties. This shift was reversed for the two song encore that featured what else but “Undone (The Sweater Song)” and “Buddy Holly.”

Weezer put on the best (and most fun) set of the entire weekend, something of an achievement, considering that they were penciled in mid-day. They deserved a late night slot where they could have played a few more songs, but hey, I can’t complain. Say what you want about their latest recorded output, but man, do they still got it live.
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Weezer Announce New Album ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Weezer have announced that their new album is titled Everything Will Be Alright In The End. They made the announcement via a teaser video that they shared on their tumblr.

No release date has been annoucned yet, but it will be released on Republic, the band’s first for the label. Cars frontman Ric Ocasek produced the album.

I just saw the band at Firefly, and although they didn’t play any new songs, they played my favorite set of the festival. They still got it, and part of me is hoping that they finally put out the album that we all know that they have in them. We shall see.

Until then, check out the teaser video below. It’s the 9th in the series. Find all the rest on their youtube channel.
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Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Made A Japanese Album

By Will Oliver, May 9th 2013

Don’t get me started on Weezer. Who knows what to say about them anymore.

Rivers Cuomo seems to be doing just fine. He has a new side-project with Scott Murphy, formerly of the band Allister. They’re releasing an album called Scott & Rivers that is almost sung entirely in Japanese.

They released a video for first single “Homely Girl”, which is sung in both English and Japanese, and to be honest, it’s easily better than most of what Weezer has put out in the last decade.

Scott & Rivers is out now via Delicious Deli and Universal Music Japan.

Weezer @ Borgata Event Center (June 1, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 4th 2012

Sleeper Agent opened and did the opposite of put me to sleep. They were lively and entertaining. They had plenty of big riff and a lovely lead singer in Alex Kandel who kept the crowd into their performance. I had no idea who they were coming in to the show, but I left eager to look them up.

What do I possibly need to say about Weezer? They were amazing when I saw them perform Pinkerton on the Memories tour, but they didn’t play much of the blue album as a result. This show fixed that, as the band literally tour through all of their greatest hits, mostly sticking to their roots with The Blue Album. They hardly even touched their newer material, which says it all. The crowd sang back every single lyric from the opening licks of “Tired Of Sex” & “My Name Is Jonas”, to the powerful encore closer, “Say It Aint So”.

Weezer have still got it live, and they know what the crowd wants to hear, and deliver beyond expectations.

A few more photos can be found below.
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Foster The People – Say It Ain’t So (Weezer Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 12th 2011 — with 1 comment

Last night while opening for Cut Copy at Prospect Park (read my recap here), Foster The People delivered a very solid opening set that made me an even bigger of the hot rising band. If you’ve been paying attention, you saw that Weezer covered Fosters’ smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks” at a Weezer concert a few days ago.

Late in their set last night, Mark Foster, lead singer of Foster The People told the crowd about a time a few years ago when he met Rivers Cuomo from Weezer at a L.A. party and played a song for Rivers on an acoustic guitar. Foster then told us how honored he was that Weezer covered their song. He responded the only way they could. By covering Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So”. It was Mark’s way of returning the favor. The band hit it out of the park. They should be proud of their cover, it’s all kinds of awesome.

Take home an mp3 while you’re at it:

[mp3]: Foster The People – Say It Ain’t So (Weezer Cover)




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