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The union of Weezer and the Flaming Lips

This summer Weezer and the Flaming Lips are co-headlining two dates in New Jersey and New York.  It may seem to some as an odd combination, especially considering that two dates apparently appeared out of thin air and are not part of a greater shared tour experience.  When looking back on the past bedfellows of the Lips things don’t seem as strange: they’ve played with Beck and the White Stripes in the past.  Weezer was once known as the kings of “nerd rock” because of their off-kilter Pixies-inspired brand of rock and their altogether “uncool” appearance which has since come back into fashion.  Though both bands play entirely different styles of rock they do share a history in the 90’s, even if Weezer were able to become mega-stars while the Lips seemed like a hipster’s treasure until relatively recently.  At one time their musical styles meshed, but that has long since past.  I continue to hear new Weezer songs on the radio, while the Flaming Lips are altogether absent in your average radio programing.  Even if the two bands sound nothing like each other there is something in this pairing that is both odd and surprisingly delightful, even if much of the audience won’t be aware of it.

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