Weezer and JEFF the Brotherhood - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - June 5

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Monica McGivern

The internet is abuzz over Weezer's drummer Patrick Wilson catching a frisbee while drumming and continuing to play "Beverly Hills." That was at their St. Augustine show last week. And though it is impressive to say the least, I'm more excited that he played and sang Blur's "Song 2" on Rivers Cuomo's guitar last night at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood while the Japan-loving, sweater-wearing singer bit his lower lip and concentrated on the drums.

See also: Weezer's Patrick Wilson on Dubstep, "It Seems Like Aggressive Computer Rock"

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Monica McGivern

This was my first time at a Weezer concert, so, bear with me if you're a regular at yelling "I am Weezer" at a show. I didn't know, for instance, that throwing around a frisbee but not being able to keep it, is a thing. That though Cuomo didn't look particularly engaged during portions of the night, he could still charm the pants off probably 80% of the crowd with his banter, and manage to get us all choked up with his magical songs. Because he really is kind of magical and always has been. Even when he was way weirder.

See also: Weezer at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood (Slideshow)

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Monica McGivern

Before getting into more details, I admit that I love the Blue Album and Pinkerton more than words can express. I'd have to like write a romantic poem here to even come close. Lately, they've been playing full albums at shows, so when they kicked off with "My Name Is Jonas," I almost soiled my drawers. There was no doubt we were getting the full Blue Album. But I should have had doubts, because that wasn't our fate at all.

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Monica McGivern

But let's back up a sec. The ever-entertaining and truly talented Nashville brother duo JEFF the Brotherhood opened up with a seriously hearty, crisp helping of power guitar all tossed up in a tasty dressing of stoner metal, garage, doom, and indie '90s rock. Singer Jake Orrall offered a full guitar assault that really was mind-bending, if not mind-blowing. It was the perfect opening act for Weezer or anyone heavy or hard. JTB's got the indie cool cred Weezer now lacks, but well prepares you for the emotional guitar-work that's then coming your way with a quickness.

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Monica McGivern


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