Weezer takes on the extravagant Met Philly with a nonstop hit-parade

Weezer | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

On Wednesday night, Los Angeles rockers Weezer landed on North Broad Street to perform at the newly opened Met Philly. The four-piece group dropped in on tour in advance of their upcoming album, the black album coming in March 2019.

Weezer has always been the band in the back of your mind that you think of as an eclectic cornucopia of genres — rock ’n roll, surf rock, alternative, pop, but always leaning on the indie rocker vibes. Their songs have resonated with so many since the mid ’90’s self-titled (blue) album came out. Many of those classics were also played in the grand room at The Met. Already a unique venue to see a “legacy alternative rock” band, and having just held its opening night concert with Bob Dylan the week before, it was actually the perfect space for this performance. Because many Weezer fans have been intimately listening to the band since they were teenagers, the large-scale, extravagant venue felt like a better fit than a Frankford Hall or Fillmore. Continue reading →


It’s Time I Got Back: Watch Weezer play the Electric Factory in December of 1996

Weezer | still from video

Whether you’re a 90s alt-rock fan in general or a Weezer fanatic in specific, here’s a Philly show you probably wish you’d gone to. December 5th, 1996 — a headlining set from Rivers Cuomo and company at the Electric Factory, featuring an intensely awesome setlist.

Opinion on the quality of Weezer’s musical output in the time since this gig is fiercely divided — personally, I can hang with them through about 2008’s Red Album, which is really only the midway point of their discography. Others think anything post-reunion (2001’s Green Album was technically their “comeback” after a five-year hiatus, remember?) makes for horrendous listening; others still will tell you that 2014’s Everything Will Be Alright In The End and this year’s Pacific Daydream are valiant efforts by artists who don’t want to be pigeonholed by nostalgia for their early work.

But just like I don’t see anybody rushing to the defense of last year’s super creepy single “Thank God For Girls,” I also don’t see many people disputing the take that the band’s self-titled debut (“The Blue Album”) and its followup Pinkerton are the two strongest works in the Weezer canon. And so, back to that setlist for this Electric Factory show — it features every single god-dang song from Pinkerton (even the acoustic “Butterfly,” what the hell?) as well as seven of Blue’s ten songs (absent are “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here,” “Holiday” and “Only in Dreams”) and a soundtrack selection, “You Gave Your Love To Me Softly,” from the high school comedy Angus. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Weezer and Pixies will co-headline BB&T Pavilion in July

Weezer | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN // Pixies | photo by Josh Pelta-Helelr for WXPN

Are you ready for a big rock show announcement this morning? Southern California alt-rock favorites Weezer just announced a summer co-headlining tour with Boston indie trailblazers Pixies, and the tour hits the Philadelphia area on July 21st at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 10th, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →


Firefly on the Fly, Day Two: Weezer, Judah & The Lion, Sofi Tukker, Flume, Twenty One Pilots, and more

Weezer | Firefly Music Festival 2017 | Photo by John Vettese

Here’s a quick rundown of day two of the Firefly Music Festival. While there were over thirty bands on the schdedule on Friday, the big hits of the day were Twenty One Pilots — whose fans are the hypest people at the festival by far — and Judah & The Lion, who opened the main stage in the afternoon. Judah & The Lion joined Twenty One Pilots during their set to cover “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba and “Jump Around” by House of Pain and the world exploded.

Sofi Tukker was the best set I saw today. The Brooklyn based duo – Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern – played very interactive dance rock with touches of South American percussion. Maggie Rogers came onstage to join in on a song with them. Banks was stunning; and her haunting performance was marked with beautiful sound, choreography, and a lot of awesome weirdness. Franz Ferdinand DJ’d Euro pop on the Treehouse Stage after their main stage set; and Louie Louie performed on the Campground Stage. Continue reading →


Weezer brings 20 years worth of summertime jams to BB&T

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Weezer | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN |

Summer is officially here, which for avid concert-goers means it’s time for festivals, block parties, and mega-tours. This year, Weezer set the summer tone with Panic! at the Disco and Andrew McMahon, the lead singer of Jack’s Mannequin.

Headlining the sold out concert at the BB&T Pavilion, Weezer put on a show with full energy and visual creativity. Whether it was the bucket hats or the beach bungalow drummer, Patrick Wilson, played atop of, each song incorporated something to remind you what the season is all about. Everything from confetti and streamers filling the air to an old video of Venice Beach displayed behind the band screamed “summer in California.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dear Friend at Boot and Saddle, Weezer at BB&T Pavillion, Valley Exit at Kung Fu Necktie

Dear Friend | via Bandcamp

Fuzzed-out Philly riff rockers Dear Friend are at Boot and Saddle tonight, opening the show for Straw Hats and Prism Tatts. The project of singer-guitarist Kenny Luu (and featuring Julia Rainer, a great singer-songwriter in her own right) released its self-titled LP in 2014, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for a long summer weekend. Having just come off a long weekend, we think this will still sound pretty right-on tonight. Listen below and get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →