Sing-alongs and bare asses: Nostalgia ruled at this year’s Riot Fest

Riot Fest 2018 was an oddly muted affair. No big reunions or “one time only” performances of the kind that have so thrilled festivalgoers in times past, like Jawbreaker getting back together last year or L7 in 2015. Instead, there was a comforting procession of longtime stalwarts (Bouncing Souls, Andrew W.K.) and…

Look, Weezer is going to just keep doing cover songs until you love them again, all right?

Weezer’s transition into America’s most successful touring cover band continued this week, when the band—which recently got a lot of credit for convincing people its thoroughly adequate cover of Toto’s masterpiece “Africa” was actually good—whipped out another karaoke classic: Blink-182's existentially catchy “All The…

Weezer's summer tour kicks off with a recreation of the "Buddy Holly" video

Sure, it was Weezer’s “Undone (The Sweater Song)“ that piqued our ears nearly 25 years ago, but it was their buoyant nerd anthem “Buddy Holly” that birthed a new generation of alternative pop-rock. And while we can all agree that the band’s latest output is nothing if not spotty (Everything Will Be Alright In the End…

Dreams come true: Here's Weezer covering "Africa" by Toto

As contentious as new Weezer releases can be among long-time fans, there’s no denying that at the very least the band has kept a sense of humor about it, whether it’s the mock-serious opera of “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” or the Hurley album cover or the entire, meme-filled “Pork And Beans” video. Now they have…

From Beach House to Courtney Barnett, our 23 most-anticipated albums of May

In addition to highly anticipated releases from Courtney Barnett, Tee Grizzley, and The Body, May holds some of our early favorites for 2018: Jon Hopkins’ follow-up to 2013 breakthrough Immunity, DJ Koze’s extremely fun Knock Knock, Beach House’s enigmatic seventh record, and Parquet Courts’ most politically direct…

St. Vincent, Beck (finally), Wu-Tang, and more albums to expect this October

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

It “Feels Like Summer,” so Weezer shares new single and tour dates

Half the country’s just been covered in snow, but Weezer thinks it “Feels Like Summer.” In addition to announcing new tour dates for North America and Europe, the band has just released the first song off its upcoming album, which will be out sometime later this year. ”It Feels Like Summer” feels like modern-day…

Patton Oswalt rocks the stars and stripes in new Weezer video

The “White Album,” Weezer’s latest eponymous effort and return to form (which will hopefully not be followed by another deviation), dropped in April, but the band’s already released a deluxe edition. This newly beefed-up iteration features all 10 “White” tracks—including the killer “L.A. Girlz”—as well as a new…