Weezer: The Good, The Bad & The Downright Ugly

This Sunday night, Weezer headlines Free Press Summer Fest III, and the influential pop-rockers have been a part of indie lore for the past 17 years. With 1994's self-titled "Blue Album" and 1996's Pinkerton, the band created a cult following whom they would promptly weird the fuck out with subsequent discs that weren't the pained odes to longing and emotional cripples that people wanted them to be.

To keep asking someone like lead singer and main songwriter River Cuomo for six more Pinkerton-style albums is like asking Brian Wilson to keep making more Pet Sounds or telling Radiohead to "sound like The Bends forever": It's not going to happen.

Rocks Off culled all the band's official releases and did quick reviews on each to get you ready for this weekend's gig, which is sure to snap plenty of us back to junior high and high school, the years when Weezer grabbed us by the heart strings or tear ducts and didn't stop letting go.

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Craig Hlavaty
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