To celebrate the release of his second collection of demos, B-sides, and obscure tunes, Alone II, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo spent two and half hours Tuesday night playing new songs -- and Weezer classics -- with a hundred fans at Long Beach, CA, record store Fingerprints.Prior to the show, Cuomo posted an online request asking Weezer lovers to learn his songs and bring an instrument of their choice to the store to take part in the "Hootenanny" -- one of many such jam sessions he has thrown across the nation. Attendees arrived with everything from banjos and saxophones to keytars, flutes, and what seemed to be at least 50 relatively in-tune guitars.Dressed in a train conductor's uniform, Cuomo let the audience decide which songs to play and in what style.
After undergoing a major remodel, Hollywood's historic Palladium Theatre reopened with a bang Wednesday night thanks to an enthralling performance from Jay-Z and DJ AM. A sold-out crowd gathered for the set, which saw the hip-hop mogul and his DJ play for nearly two hours. In homage to Frank Sinatra, the first artist to ever perform at the venue, Jay-Z was backed by a 12-piece band dressed in matching white dress shirts, black vests and ties. At one moment during the night he even jokingly referred to himself as "old brown eyes." However, the story of the night was DJ AM, a.k.a. Adam Goldstein, who made his first public performance since surviving a fiery plane crash last month. Singing along, waving his arms, and even pulling out and pointing to his wallet during a classic Jay-Z line about money, the mix-master looked like he was certainly enjoying himself.