• Weezer live in NYC

    By: Henry BowlesMay 12 Despite the band's post-Pinkerton pretensions to the contrary, Weezer finally seems resigned to its role as the Godfather of Emo. As with any show put on by one of the band's derivatives, chanting along is not reserved for a few hooks on the singles: Every word that comes off the stage must be sung by every member of the crowd, and in dead earnestness. But most emo bands' fixation with fear and social anxiety is missing when it comes to Weezer. Instead, the band demonstrates the painful self-consciousness of those smart enough to know they're not cool. Weezer is about defiantly lamenting whiteboy un-hipness.


    The selections are all over the map: There was one tape that consisted of all those insane animated versions of Dr. Seuss stories (upon further review, The Lorax is seriously fucked up, isn't it?); another cassette featured a bunch of old episodes of WWF Primetime Wrestling, from when I was way into pro-wrestling (as opposed to now, where I'm only moderately into pro-wrestling). But the real find over the weekend was a tape full of stuff ganked from MTV. Carbon dating and some feverish Googling demonstrate that most of the stuff was broadcast some time in the summer or fall of '95.

  • Shout Out Louds

    In the grand tradition of the Cardigans, Ace of Base, Abba, and other former and extant members of the Swedish invasion, the Shout Out Louds are starting to make their mark like Vikings striking out across the great Atlantic. The Stockholm five-piece was born in a self-described "drafty rehearsal space" in 2002, and burst onto the American scene earlier this year with the release of a three-track EP, Very Loud, in February. There is a bit of lovelorn '80s crooning on the Shout Out Louds debut full-length, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, due out on May 24th.

  • Lucero

    If Lynyrd Skynyrd were less Deliverance and more The Sound and the Fury, they could be Nashville, Tennessee's own Lucero. Lucero's new album, Nobody's Darlings, covers much of the same southern rock lyrical pantheon. Lead singer Ben Nichols sings of "double bourbon on the rocks on the weekend, "little girls down in Georgia," and "bloody knuckles...fought in a bar." But instead of pure, unfettered "Sweet Alabama" style love for his homeland, Nichols and company maintain a measure of distance from their southern heritage. Many of the songs off Nobody's Darlings are cheerful, anthemic combinations of punk and country ("punktry," anyone?). Singer Nichols, bassist John Stubblefield, guitarist Brian Venable, and drummer Roy Berry seem to be as influenced by Johnny Cash as by Sid Vicious.

  • Eclectic Openers for Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones have chosen an eclectic crew tojoin them on their upcoming On Stage tour: Pearl Jam, theBlack Eyed Peas, and John Mayer have been confirmed asopeners for Jagger and his boys. Maroon 5 will also openfor the Stones on select dates. For Pearl Jam, this will be the second time they've toured with the Stones: Eddie Vedder and co openedfor the World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll band back in '97. For more Rolling Stones tour info,

  • Matt Pond PA (feat. Kevin Devine)

    By: Rebecca Milzoff It's not too often that official band biographies approach anything near the truth. But somehow, Matt Pond PA, the charming indie-pop quintet, lucked out in this realm of bloated praise. His band's bio not only lets us know that one of frontman Matt Pond's ancestors was "a fur trader and an ass-kicker," but, more importantly, that his band specializes in "rocking softly." It's an unusually eloquent-and accurate-way to describe Matt Pond PA, and the band proved it with a stellar performance at Northsix in Williamsburg one recent Saturday night. After commendable opening performances by Soft and, notably, Kevin Devine, a young Brooklynite troubadour with a definite Oberst tremble in his voice, earnest folk-pop, and energetic stage presence (read: sudden Hendrix-esque writhing with guitar on floor), Pond and Co.

  • Anniemal Attack

    Norwegian pop darling Annie is all over the USA. She just finished a new video for her first American single, "Heartbeat," which was produced by fellow countrymen Royksopp and is sure to get your socks rockin'. Annie's debut full-length, Anniemal is due out June 7th on Big Beat records. For more on Annie, check out: www.anniemusic.co.uk

  • The Rock Lexicon

    "I don't read your magazine anymore," says my 36-year-old sister as we ride in a rental car. "I don't read your magazine anymore because all you guys ever write about is emo, and I don't get it." Now, for a moment, I find myself very interested in what my sister is saying. I absolutely cannot fathom what she could possibly hate about emo, and (I suspect) this subject might create an interesting ten minutes of rental-car discussion. Does she find emo too phallocentric? Do the simplistic chord progressions strike her as derivative? Why can't she relate to emo? I ask her these questions, and I await her answer. But her answer is not what I expect. "No, no," she says. "When I say I don't get emo, I mean I literally don't know what it is. The word may as well be Latin.

  • Damon Albarn Extends the Olive Branch

    Following in the footsteps of recent band reconciliations like the Pixies, Damon Albarn of Blur is trying to lure Graham Coxon back to the fold. According to NME.com, Albarn says he's "waiting for Graham to talk to me again. I'd love to see if we could make another record. I miss playing live in something that I grew up in. I do feel it's a shame that we didn't stick to it. Hopefully, we'll play together soon. As musicians, we need to spread peace and love." Both Albarn and Coxon have been occupied with non-Blur endeavors as of late. Albarn has been busy with the Gorillaz while Coxon is busy launching a fairly successful solo career. Albarn shouldn't hold his breath, though, as Coxon told NME earlier this year that a Blur reconciliation is, "Not in the cards."

  • The Headphones

    Headphones sounds a bit like a videogame depicting an epic human struggle. It's not surprising that lead singer Bazan says he was influenced by the Flaming Lips; Headphones has the same eerie feel as Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, although Headphones is more rooted in reality than the Lips tend to be. The most touching song off Headphones is the last track, "Slow Car Crash." Bazan spends the first verses minutely describing said car crash until it becomes painfully clear that the wreck he's discussing has nothing to do with Chevys. "We knew it was over and both looked away," Bazan sings in his soft, searching voice, "Right at each other/ With spare time to say/ Babe, I love you." Though there are three members in the Headphones (Pedro's Bazan and Walsh with Frank Lenz of Starflyer 59), only Bazan and Walsh will be touring this spring. For more info on the tour, click here

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