Weezer Plot North American Tour

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by William Goodman

Who? Los Angeles-based purveyors of catchy power-pop Weezer, fronted by bespectacled genre luminary River Cuomo, and featuring guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Scott Shriner, and drummer Patrick Wilson.

What? A 21-date North American outing leading the Spin cover boys across the U.S. and into select Canadian cities, beginning with a gig at Boston's Tsongas Arena Sept. 23. Blink-182 offshoot Angels & Airwaves and Canadian post-punkers Tokyo Police Club will open all dates.

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Should I Go? Absolutely. The quartet's latest set, a self-titled affair dubbed the Red Album, is yet another catchy, guitar-centric work to be added to the band's robust cannon. And there's those two mind-bogglingly decisive records -- 1994's Weezer, referred to as the Blue Album, and the emo/indie-rock landmark Pinkerton -- from which Cuomo and co. always churn out plenty of hits to get fans singing along. Plus: Don't forget, the band throws one hell of a hootenanny.

Weezer tour dates:

9/23, Boston, MA (Tsongas Arena)9/24, New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)9/26, Atlantic City, NJ (Borgata Casino)9/27, Philadelphia, PA (Susquehanna Center)9/29, Detroit, MI(The Palace of Auburn Hills)9/30, Toronto, Ontario (Air Canada Center)10/2, Chicago, IL (All State Arena)10/3, St. Paul, MN (Xcel Arena)10/5, Denver, CO (Broomfield)10/7, Salt Lake City, UT (E Center)10/9, Portland OR (Memorial Coliseum)10/10, Vancouver, British Columbia (GM Place)10/11, Seattle, WA (Key Arena)10/13, San Jose, CA (Events Center)10/14, Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)10/17, San Diego, CA (Cox Arena)10/18, Phoenix, AZ (Arizona State Fair)10/20, Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)10/21, Dallas, TX (Nokia Theater)10/23, Houston, TX (Reliant Arena)10/25, Atlanta, GA (Gwinnett Arena)

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