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The Ross Who Knew Too Much

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Weezer's underwhelming show

My reaction to Tuesday night's sold-out Weezer show at First Avenue?


Granted, I've never been a huge fan of the band, but I've always appreciated Rivers Cuomo's knack for a killer pop song as well as his undying commitment to sheer craziness. (That, and I seem to be the only person I know who actually enjoys the band's new single "Beverly Hills.")

Still, I thought the whole idea of a band playing a smaller-venues-than-expected tour was to give hardcore fans the sort of intimate, memorable experience they wouldn't get seeing the same band go through the motions at the local enormodome. Yet Rivers was so detached and blandly professional, it felt like I was watching the band on TV, albeit on a TV with hundreds of meaty frat boys standing between me and it. And to think tickets for this show were selling for hundreds of bucks on eBay(!)

Anyway, the band's new album "Make Believe" is due in stores Tuesday, but can be streamed free of charge here at, which was also the official launch site for the excellent new Nine Inch Nails disc.

Speaking of, one of my favorite bands in the entire world, the Gossip, has a new page up there. They've finally got a new album recorded and have a DVD(!) in the works as well. If that's not enough, Beth and company will contribute a track to the upcoming 2005 PDX Pop Now! compilation. Hooray for everything!


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