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Weezer Announce New Album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Los Angeles, CA’s Weezer will release their highly anticipated ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on September 30 2014 on Republic Records. Produced by Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed production on the band’s first and third records (The Blue Album and The Green Album), Everything Will Be Alright In The End is the band’s first collection of new material in four years.

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Weezer’s album artwork

Since forming in 1992, Weezer has released a myriad of celebrated, chart-topping albums, selling over 13 million records worldwide. Following an intensely prolific couple years at the end of the aughts, the band chose to deliberately dial down the tempo in 2010, a move singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo says allowed him to write at a slower pace, giving the songs he wanted to use for an album the time to gradually grow into their final forms. He started almost every song on the piano, eventually transferring them to the guitar before taking them to the band. When it came time to record the material, Weezer reunited with the man who helped them make some of their most iconic album-length work, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The resulting album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, is a stand-out gem in Weezer’s vast and varied catalogue, a reflection of a much-loved band at their very best. Organised thematically around three groups of songs, it is an album that utilises that sound from the band’s earliest days to tell new stories in 2014, creating some of the finest, most heartfelt songs Weezer has ever recorded.

Weezer have revealed the first track from the record, Back To The Shack, which can be heard here.

You can catch Weezer live on the following dates: 7/24/14 London, ON @ Rock The Park 2014
Aug 1  Las Vegas, CA @ The Cosmopolitan
Aug 2  Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
Aug 9 Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest PNC Plaza
Aug 13 Southaven, MS @ Snowden Grove Amphitheater
Aug 14 Lake Charles, LA @ L’Auberge Casino Resort
Aug 31 Los Angeles, CA @ Made In America
Sept  6 Charlotte, NC @ 106.5 The End presents Weenie Roast ‘14
Sept 12 Paso Robles, CA @ Vino Robles Amphitheatre
Sept 13 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
Sept 14 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
Sept 19 Denver, CO @ Riot Fest

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B.o.B Definitely Has The Magic!

B.o.B is the man behind the genius track that was ‘Airplanes‘ which hit the charts earlier this year. Using samples from Hayley Williams of Paramore proved to be one of the most cunning things he could have done.

By blending two genres of music he managed to create something quite spectacular. There wasn’t a person who wasn’t caught singing, “Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?” as they went about their day.

B.o.B and Hayley Williams

B.o.B and Hayley Williams performing together

A few weeks ago, he released his third single from his album ‘The Adventures of Bobby Ray’. Again he’s used samples from another rock band, Weezer’s front man, Rivers Cuomo (this being a hint that he knows the rock/R ‘n’ B collaboration is getting the thumbs up). The new song is titled ‘Magic‘ and do you know what? It’s just that.

Jay-Z and Linkin’ Park tried mixing genres a couple of years back, it worked but it never worked as well as B.o.B’s triumphs. Their attempt was too much of one type of music with too many lyrics from the other end of the scale.

B.o.B, however, has got the balance right and knows that it’s working. He mixes music which has strong elements of rock blended sufficiently with those elements that trade mark it to the R ‘n’ B genre. This in itself is a very clever marketing strategy.

As much as I hate to think that this cunning plan of his is about making money, it probably is. By using these two genres of music his audience most likely doubles in size. Those fans that like Paramore or Weezer will listen to these tracks through loyalty. The other side of the audience will be listening because they like the R ‘n’ B or Hip-Hop scene. Clever huh?

The hooks within his songs are also an important aspect and one of the main reasons why the tune floats around in your head all day long. Lyrics like “I got the magic in me, everytime I touch that track it turns it into gold” feature throughout the song on a repetitive loop leading the listener to hum it well after they’ve heard it played.

B.o.B definitely knows his stuff. He knows how to hook his listeners in and he definitely knows how to get as many people interested in him as possible. He’ll go far and will be earning lots along the way.

 

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