Tour Buzz

ROCK BAND: Weezer has long worshipped the jukebox. The Los Angeles band wears its influences like faded concert tees—KISS, Nirvana, the Cars (especially the Cars), Oasis … say when. Few other working bands are as deserving of the honorific “rock band” and all that it implies. But this is Weezer’s 20th year—and in that much time they’ve stocked their own jukebox with hits from 1994’s “Buddy Holly” to 2008’s “Pork and Beans.” They’re at the point where they could play one-off shows based solely on their catalog or pack it in entirely; no one could fault them no matter what. I hope they’ll continue to make new songs and to play crowd-pleasing shows full of old ones, as they will poolside at Mandalay Bay on June 15 ($62).

TRUE BUZZ: Back in the late 1980s, there were Sonic Youth people and there were The Jesus and Mary Chain people. Sonic Youth fans thought The Jesus and Mary Chain’s brand of feedback too glossy, too processed; The Jesus and Mary Chain fans thought Sonic Youth’s feedback pretentious and self-indulgent. This war might have continued if the Pixies hadn’t come along and stolen fans from both. The real point of is that The Jesus and Mary Chain plays the House of Blues on June 16 ($33.50, $29.50 advance), and it’s the Scottish postpunk band’s first U.S. tour in four years. The Pixies are out of the picture and Sonic Youth is on hiatus, so The Jesus and Mary Chain finally has a shot at the triple-distilled feedback crown.

NOW ON SALE: Remember Tears for Fears, Dad? Well, they’re still around. They have their core members—Curt Smith returned to the band in 2000 after an acrimonious near-decade long split—and on Aug. 4 at Sunset Station ($32.50-$97), they’ll once again ask you to shout and shout for no good reason. And you will.

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