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Weezer Gives In, Covers 'Africa'

14-year-old dedicated Twitter account to getting rock band to cover Toto hit

(Newser) - For months, a 14-year-old girl has had one goal: Get Weezer to cover "Africa" by Toto. On Tuesday, that goal was achieved when the rock band released its cover of the 1980s hit, which has lately experienced a resurgence of popularity (last year, Vice called it "the internet'... More »

Watch Weezer Drummer Snag Frisbee Mid-Song

Patrick Wilson wows the crowd

(Newser) - Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson got a huge roar of approval from the crowd during a show in St. Augustine, Florida, but this wasn't about a drum solo. Wilson managed to a catch a frisbee mid-song and played on one-handed before stashing it in his teeth, reports Rolling Stone . Frontman... More »

Ex-Weezer Bassist Predicted Own Death

Mikey Welsh tweeted about dying while in Chicago

(Newser) - An eerie coda to the sad story of Mikey Welsh, who was found dead in a Chicago hotel room Saturday: The former Weezer bassist had predicted his own death on Twitter . In a message posted Sept. 26, he wrote, “dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in... More »

Ex-Weezer Bassist Dies in Hotel

Drug overdose suspected in death of Mikey Welsh

(Newser) - Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh has been found dead in a Chicago hotel room at age 40, reports the Chicago Tribune . Police suspect a drug overdose is involved. Welsh was found unresponsive yesterday afternoon after he failed to check out of his room at 1pm; he was reportedly in town... More »

Cool Parents Groove to 'Kindie Rock'

Finally, kids music that's actually good

(Newser) - Good news, hipsters: You won’t have to trade in your street cred for Radio Disney when you have kids, thanks to “kindie music.” That’s independent kid music, aka stuff parents can listen to—and enjoy—even when their offspring aren’t around. Even as the music... More »

11 Surprising One-Hit Wonders

We all love Norah Jones, but she's still on this list

(Newser) - You would never guess, but Jimi Hendrix was technically a one-hit wonder. Yep, the definition of the term is “an artist or band who only has one song make the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,” regardless of album sales or performance on other charts,... More »

Rivers Cuomo Recovering Well

Weezer frontman still in hospital following crash, but feeling good

(Newser) - Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo is still in the hospital following last weekend’s tour bus crash, but his condition’s improving, and the doctors say he’ll probably be released in the next few days. “Yesterday Rivers finally made it onto his feet for the first time since the... More »

Rivers Cuomo Injured in Weezer Bus Crash

Indie darlings were en route from Toronto to Boston

(Newser) - Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo suffered minor injuries this morning when a bus carrying the band from Toronto to Boston ran off the New York State Thruway about 40 miles west of Albany. Cuomo complained of rib pain and was taken to a local hospital after the tour bus slid on... More »

Just in Time for Xmas: Weezer Snuggie

Act now! For a limited time only!

(Newser) - If you want to destroy Rivers Cuomo's sweater, he's down with that: The Weezer frontman would prefer to wear a Weezer Snuggie anyway, which he's hawking right alongside the band's new album. The stunt comes complete with an infomercial in which bandmembers parade around in their Snuggies—yours for only... More »

24/7 Online Artist Channels Point to Radio's Future

Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Weezer to be first 'DJs'

(Newser) - Musicians want to connect with fans, and radio needs to survive in the Web 2.0 era: Enter artist personal experience (a.p.e.) radio. Clear Channel launches the 24/7 online channels, featuring artists’ personal radio shows, next month. “We feel that the old model of trying to... More »

New Weezer Video Rules, Borrows From YouTube

'Pork and Beans' boasts 21st-century all-star cast

(Newser) - In less than a week, Weezer's video for the new single "Pork and Beans" has attracted more than 3 million viewers to YouTube—partly by featuring nearly that many existing YouTube sensations. Miss Teen South Carolina, aka Caitlin "the Iraq" Upton, appears, happily lip-syncing the catchy ditty, as... More »

Weezer Star Needs Help Writing a Song

Fans can work with Rivers Cuomo via YouTube

(Newser) - In yet another example of the Internet democratizing the music industry, Weezer's frontman is using YouTube to get some help writing a new song. Rivers Cuomo is broadcasting himself (don't miss the campy moustache) in a series he's dubbed "Let's Write a Sawng." His latest dispatch asks fans... More »

All Rivers Cuomo, All Alone

Rarities record is half-great

(Newser) - Onetime geek gods Weezer have been nothing but disappointing this century, PopMatters’ Evan Sawdey says, so thank heaven for Alone, lead singer Rivers Cuomo’s solo “album of one-offs, hard-to-finds, and unreleased material.” Much of the record dates from the band’s Pinkerton golden age, and the eight... More »

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