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Weezer Fever: A local tribute to a ’90s icon

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Rivers Cuomo, being all god-like

“My second show I ever went to as a kid was Weezer,” says Islands & Tigers singer/guitarist Bobby Rivas, who at 20, is exactly the same age as the blue album. “Growing up, playing guitar at 12 years old, those were some of the first songs I learned. Rivers Cuomo is our god.”

If there was a battle to be fought, it was over how to divvy up the 20 tracks on the blue album and Pinkerton among the six bands on the bill.

“We did have to fight over ‘El Scorcho,’” says Rivas. “We had a long email going with some of the other bands where we had to settle who got to take that song. But we knew that stuff off the first two albums would be hard to get.”

For their part, lovelettertypewriter will mine a couple of early non-album deep cuts including “Long Time Sunshine” and “Jamie” along with Pinkerton closer “Butterfly.”

Bright Like the Sun’s set reads a bit more like a greatest hits tracklist, including “My Name Is Jonas,” “The Good Life,” “Say It Ain’t So” and the band’s personal favorite “Only In Dreams.”

“That track is so different from anything else they’ve ever done,” says Etheredge. “‘Only In Dreams’ was the first exposure I had with post-rock without even knowing what post-rock was. That second movement brought me to tears when I first heard it.”

As is the case with such a beloved band, the more the everyone talked Weezer, the more clear it became that the tribute show couldn’t come soon enough.

“The bands that are playing are calling me, telling me that they’re not even practicing their own material, they just want to play Weezer songs,” says Etheredge. “I think the energy for the show is going to be unreal.”

Weezer: A Tribute to Your Teenage Angst feat. Bright Like the Sun, Diving, Islands & Tigers, lovelettertypewriter, The Freebies

9pm Sat, Feb 15
2718 N St. Mary’s

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