When: Tue., June 21, 7 p.m. 2016
TUESDAY, JUNE 21
WEEZER & PANIC! AT THE DISCO
The cycle that accompanies every modern Weezer album has become almost rote— excitement followed by cocked eyebrows followed by disappointment followed by, three months later, the occasional "Hey, that was better than people gave it credit for." This progression has less to do with the music's quality than how the current press cycle simply functions. Think about the media you've seen regarding blockbuster films, flashy debut novels, prestige TV shows' season-two debuts; notice how it dissipates almost immediately upon the product's arrival. When an artifact is theoretical, the sky's the limit. Press-release gushing is infinite.
In the case of Weezer, that gestural excitement inevitably extends to chatter about the band's debut and its follow-up, Pinkerton, an alt-rock operetta that went from used-CD-bin staple to cult classic. It's ironic, then, that Weezer still receives so much knee-jerk reaction; if the hot-take economy had been around twenty years ago, would Pinkerton enjoy the status it has today, or would the life have been sucked out of it by the time its second single hit MTV? Either way, this year's Weezer (the one with the white cover) sports several solid tracks. The sun-drenched "(Girl We Got A) Good Thing" only lets its paranoia about settling down peek through the edges, while the just-virtuosic-enough solo on "Endless Bummer" adds an exclamation point to lovelorn angst.
Weezer is on tour with Panic! at the Disco, a Las Vegas outfit whose Brendon Urie is one of pop's best technical singers. Should Adam Lambert want out of his arrangement with Queen, Urie, able to handle phlegm-loosening screams as ably as the heights of "Bohemian Rhapsody," would be an able replacement. Despite the brattiness of its big hit, "Victorious," this year's Death of a Bachelor is high on 2016's surprisingly enjoyable pop records list, right alongside Weezer (with the white cover). —Maura Johnston
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