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    October 17, 2014

    Weezer Plays the Arizona State Fair, 10/16/14

    Before last night, I hadn't been to the state fair in close to a decade. I spent most of the day there yesterday, frolicking through the bright, bursting animal smells and the tantalizing stench of grease. The whole day felt like an adventure, filled with over-stimulation, unbridled joy, and thought ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    7 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

    If nothing else, this week's slate of concerts in and around Metro Phoenix is what you'd call diverse, or, at the very least, eclectic. How else would you describe a five-day span that feature everything from the indie power-pop of The New Pornographers and the Latin-infused trip-hop of French-Chlie ... More >>

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    October 8, 2014

    Weezer Finally Makes the Album Its Fans Have Been Waiting For

    You have to earn a Weezer fan's trust before he shows you his playlists. First, he'll make sure you aren't just parroting somebody else's post-Pinkerton decline narrative. He'll want to be sure you don't believe bassist Matt Sharp secretly wrote both of the band's two classic albums. He'll need to k ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Weezer's "Burning Sun" finally leaked after 14 years

    Weezer is the official band of AOL Instant Messenger. The years between 1996 and 2001, in which they went from well-reviewed one-hit-wonder to (briefly) unimpeachable generational touchstone, were peak-Buddy-List; in 2002 they demoed a song called "Private Message," which is exactly what it sounds l ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Rivers Cuomo's J-Pop Album Is Out In America, Whether You Want It Or Not

    If you and I visit the same Weezer forums, you've probably had Rivers Cuomo's J-Pop album--okay, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Murphy of Allister's J-Pop album--for a while now. If you don't visit the same Weezer forums I do, now's your chance: It was released yesterday on iTunes. It's called Scott & River ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend

    This weekend is Prince Eve. We understand that. But if you're unable or unwilling to part with the kind of money it takes to see Prince in something smaller than an arena, you can divert yourself with any of these coming attractions:

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    March 8, 2013

    Chad Horstman, What Are You Listening To?

    Chad HorstmanHorstman is the CEO of, an online lingerie and costume retailer.When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now?  The radio is pretty bad. I usually stream Pandora.What's the first album you bought? Bon Jovi.What's the first ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012
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    July 10, 2012

    You Ready for the State Fair? A Guide to the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum Schedule

    See also: Snoop Dogg at the Arizona State Fair See also: Judas Priest at the Arizona State Fair It used to be that playing the state fair circuit meant you were a has-been, that your rock 'n' roll career had gone belly up (you know, like billed after the puppet show, Spinal Tap-style). Maybe it' ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Five Holiday Gifts For Your Hipster Sibling

    ​Alright, slacker. There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family. Even if your hipster sibling thinks he/sh ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Tom "Soda" Gardocki on Spike Jonze, 12-String Banjo, Jackass, and Weezer

    ​Tom "Soda" Gardocki spent years playing guitar in SoCal rockers Wax (go rewatch the credits of Mallrats; the band plays right after its pals Weezer) but more recently he's devoted himself to more rustic purposes. Either performing with his Large Band, his "Million Piece Band," or solo with ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    Seven Concerts We Were Sad to See Cancelled in 2011

    ​At the end of the year, we like to take a look back and think about all the awesome shows we saw throughout the months. But for whatever reason, 2011 seemed to be a year of cancellations -- and some pretty huge shows were canceled, at that. So here are the shows we were sad to see go. We're ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Weezer, Black Label Society, Keith Urban, and More Cancel Phoenix Dates

    "(If You're Wondering If Weezer Will Play Phoenix On November 2) They Won't."​Look, I've had my differences with Weezer. The band has done some things in the past decade that I have a hard time forgiving. But Hurley, the band's last record, wasn't that bad, and I was into seeing them at the State ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Details Revealed About 'Muppets: The Green Album'

    Jason Segel's forthcoming movie The Muppets will feature a stellar soundtrack, according to Consequence of Sound.Muppets: The Green Album is a collection of classic Muppet hits being covered by some pretty talented rocker stars. The soundtrack, titled The Green Album, gets a slightly ironic twist, c ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    This Week in Music History: June 13 through 19

    Wikimedia CommonsWeezer singer Rivers Cuomo: Born 41 years ago today.​Music and musicians have been around for centuries, and every day, new music news breaks. Every Monday, we're going to take a look back at the notable music stories, births, and deaths that took place that week. Here's "This ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Weezer - Tragic Girl

    ​Song: Weezer, "Tragic Girl"Context: This is the last song on the excellent and informative two-disc re-issue of Pinkerton which came out last week. Weezer - Tragic Girl (Pinkerton Reissue) by mmcizmar

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    October 20, 2010

    Weezer- The Good Life

    ​ Song: Weezer, "The Good Life Context: I'm loving the re-issue of Pinkerton. They say my promo copy is water-marked, so I've resisted the temptation to upload one of the extra cuts myself. But, trust me, it's worth buying. Weezer - The Good Life by jhowlett

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    October 6, 2010

    Can $10 Million Buy a Weezer Breakup?

    ​New-Weezer hater James Burns has offered Weezer $10 million to break up, according to Consequence of Sound.Burns, who has been a fan of the band since the 90s, is hoping for $10 million in donations so he can bribe Weezer into never making songs like "Beverly Hills" ever again. The campaign has r ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Surfer Blood at Clubhouse Music Venue Last Night

    ​Surfer BloodThe Clubhouse Music VenueSeptember 27, 2010Maybe you remember 'the bear thing' or 'the wolf thing,' those peculiar eras when seemingly every hotly-tipped indie band adopted one of those ferocious animals as a component of its name? Of course you do.Probably you've noticed we're curren ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Mashup: "Can't Stop" (Weezer vs. MGMT vs. Coldplay vs. The Kooks)

    ​Song: Can't Stop (Weezer vs. MGMT vs. Coldplay vs. The Kooks)Context: Still trying to find a recorded version of Weezer's cover of MGMT's "Kids." Nothing doing, though there are lots of low-quality YouTube videos, but this mashup is pretty great. Can't Stop (Weezer vs. MGMT vs. Coldplay vs. ... More >>

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    September 19, 2010

    Weezer at Fall Frenzy Last Night

    Luke HolwerdaWeezer on stage at Arizona Fall Frenzy.​New York magazine put it best: "There are few things more terrifying to longtime Weezer fans these days than the prospect of a new Weezer album."That review of the band's latest album -- sarcastically headlined, "Is Hurley Weezer's Best Album Si ... More >>

  • Music

    September 16, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    The 10 Best Spoken Word Intros

    ​As I perused Sirius/XM 90's on 9 the other day, I was greeted with an intriguing song from a particular Canadian, alternative rock/pop one-hit wonder.This song included an intro featuring a conversation between two fellows that, while intriguing, was pretty pointless. But it got me thinking -- wh ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Weezer and Jackass Crew Party Hard to Make "Memories"

    ​Weezer, a favorite band among nerdy Americans, has teamed up with the crew of the show Jackass to produce a fun-filled music video for their new single "Memories."I don't know about you, but I definitely want to party with these guys. It's not every day that I get to ride a jet ski through a row ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Discographies on Twitter Summarizes a Band's Career in 140 Glorious Characters

    Couldn't have said it better myself​Last week, I brought you the brilliant Tumblr Album Tacos, and lives were forever changed. Yeah, I said it -- someone photoshopping tacos onto various album covers is a life-changing event.Well this week bears the fragrant fruit of Twitter Discographies --  ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Weezer's Hurley as More Corporate Branding?

    The cover of Weezer's forthcoming album, Hurley.​It was bad enough when Weezer felt the need to insert Best Buy into their incredibly overplayed radio hit "I Want You To." Now it seems that their record Hurley, scheduled to be released on Sept. 14, may not be a direct reference to the Lost charact ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    World Cup Theme by Shakira Plagiarized?

    While Americans don't take to football ("soccer" in our land) the way the rest of the world does, there's something special about the World Cup. Something so special, that even musicians can't help put take part in all the excitement. While R. Kelly wrote an official theme for the global quadrennial ... More >>

  • Music

    March 18, 2010
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    November 16, 2009

    Incoming: Metric, Passion Pit, Weezer, Anti-Flag

    ​ We already told you about two of last week's bigger concert announcements, Weezer and Passion Pit, but there's a whole lot more in this week's list. Like, for example, Metric. The Canadian indie outfit will drop by Scottsdale on December 12. Give 'em a listen below or click through for a full ru ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Weezer Coming To Dodge Theatre on January 15

    ​Weezer will play Dodge Theatre on January 15. Touring on perhaps their worst reviewed record ever ( a record, admittedly, I have not bothered to actually listen to yet) Rivers Cuomo and Co. seem to be getting more ink for Snuggie-style publicity stunts, like playing with Kenny G, than playing sol ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Kenny G and Weezer Collaborate, Plan to Conquer Earth

    Kenny G joined forces with seminal 90's rock band Weezer to create a truly...interesting take on the band's new song "I'm Your Daddy." ​Are you like me? Did you wake up today and think to yourself, "You know what Weezer needs? More soprano sax." Well get ready to get your mind blown and your pants ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Les Paul Dies, Weezer Release Date Set, Jack White Solo Single Mp3

    Idolator: Les Paul, R.I.P. NME: Simple Minds' Jim Kerr pays tribute to director John Hughes NME: Bob Dylan inspiration Mike Seeger dies NME: Weezer announce new album release date Pitchfork: Listen to Jack White's Solo Single Sound of the City: Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson's Song of the Summer ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    Other People's Blogs: Weezer Tours With Blink, Harter on Vacay, Bonnaroo Schedule Up

    Pitchfork: Weezer to Tour With Blink-182Jess Harter: I'm off until May 18Pitchfork: Bonnaroo Reveals Festival ScheduleNME: Alanis Morissette to guest star on 'Weeds'

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    December 16, 2008

    Weezer Releases Holiday Songs

    Today Weezer digitally released six Christmas songs originally recorded for the recently released iPhone app "Tap Tap Revenge Christmas With Weezer.""For the first time ever a band recorded music for an app but demand was so great from non-iPhone users that the band decided to make the songs availab ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008

    This Weekend: Weezer and Spam

    By Jonathan McNamara Saturday, October 18: Weezer at the State Fair Here at New Times we're trouble makers. That's right, we eat our candy with the pork and beans. Which is why we'll be venturing off to see Weezer at the State Fair. We swear it's true. Oh! You're planning to catch the show too? ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    Weezer Reveals Tour Locations...Sort Of

    By Jonathan McNamara Weezer loves YouTube. If the video for "Pork and Beans" wasn't proof enough, there's this latest offering from the band on their official YouTube channel that reveals the band's upcoming tour route...through song. Did I hear "Phoenix" in there? The band says the concert w ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    Update: Weezer Reveals All

    By Jonathan McNamara That's right, Phoenix! Have you checked out Weezer's Web site today? If you had you'd know that the geeky foursome from california is coming to the Arizona State Fair on October 18. For the complete list of dates and locations (in text rather than cryptic picture collages or ... More >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2008
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    May 17, 2007

    Long Live Mock 'n' Roll

    Homage sweet homage

  • Music

    December 22, 2005

    New Duds

    With CDs like these, who needs lumps of coal?

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    May 19, 2005
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    June 17, 2004

    Piebald, and Jealous Sound

    Emo alert: Piebald plays the Mason Jar on Saturday

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    December 18, 2003

    Nerd Bands, Unite!

    Weezer seems like a charming but marginal oddity, but not to the gushing Valley participants of Weezerfest 2003

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    November 29, 2001

    Top Jimmy

    An oddball arena-rock triple bill showcases Mesa's returning heroes

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    November 22, 2001


    Performing with Tenacious D at America West Arena November 24

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    May 24, 2001


    Weezer (Geffen/Interscope)

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    September 14, 2000

    Revenge of the Nerds

    More than just another mid-'90s alt-rock act, Weezer spawned a now-popular genre and still commands respect from scenesters

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    March 20, 1997
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