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In the studio with Weezer: Bandmates debate Bob Seger vs. BTO

About a month ago, I spent a few days in the studio with Weezer as they put the finishing touches on their new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. Despite the fact that this is their ninth proper studio album, the process of making records hasn’t gotten any easier. “Making records is weird,” drummer Pat Wilson said after a particularly intense session. “It’s different every time.”

But there’s also time for fun, and one of the things the band really drove home during the course of our conversations was how much they have really been enjoying each other lately. There hasn’t always been harmony, but at the moment they are a pretty cohesive unit.

That being said, they are not without argument. Case in point: After recording wrapped one day, Wilson and bassist Scott Shriner stuck around to play me some rough tracks and talk about the recording process. But we soon drifted away from Everything Will Be Alright In The End to a standing argument between the two.  READ FULL STORY

The Muffs return with the spiky, sugary 'Weird Boy Next Door'

The fact that the Muffs weren’t a bigger deal back in the ’90s had less to do with their abilities than the fact that they were just a little too far ahead of their time. During the peak years of the grunge era, a band that combined power pop, garage rock, and punk was apparently a hard sell, even if they were making some of the most infectious tunes in alt-rock at the time.

Since then, though, it’s become a fairly common formula in the rock underground, especially in the scene that’s coalesced around California indie label Burger Records. The Muffs recently teamed up with Burger to release their first new album in 10 years, Whoop Dee Doo, which comes out July 29. Judging by “Weird Boy Next Door,” they haven’t lost any of their edge in the meantime, and frontwoman Kim Shattuck’s throat-shredding howl hasn’t lost any of its power.

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Weezer's Rivers Cuomo on new album's 'Back To The Shack'

Thanks to the ongoing “Weezer Wednesday” series, Weezer has been teasing out portions of its new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End, which will be landing on store shelves on September 30. But so far, only one song has been heard in its entirety, and that’s “Back to the Shack.” The band premiered the song on its own cruise a few months back, and thanks to some well-circulated fan-shot videos, the song has become the first full taste of the new album.  READ FULL STORY

'Weezer Wednesday' premiere: New album gets a release date; EW goes in the studio

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Weezer have spent the bulk of 2014 working hard on a new album called Everything Will Be Alright In The End. They’ve been gradually letting fans in on the process of its creation through a video series they’ve dubbed “Weezer Wednesdays.” The clips have been teasing out not only bits of songs but also details about the album, including the title and the artwork.

EW is super-pleased to bring you the latest installment of “Weezer Wednesdays,” which not only reveals a snippet of a killer new song called “Return to Ithaca” but also confirms the release date for Everything Will Be Alright In The End. Weezer’s latest album will arrive on September 30.  READ FULL STORY

Paramore's Hayley Williams on tour workouts, her new hair color, and the joys of not wearing latex

It’s a pretty great time to be in Paramore; their current single “Ain’t It Fun” represents their most successful hit yet, and they’re currently on the road with Fall Out Boy, co-headlining a summer run called the Monumentour. Singer Hayley Williams checked in recently to discuss her Warped Tour history, the value of kickboxing shorts, and the madness of playing Good Morning America.

Entertainment Weekly: You’re a few dates into the Monumentour. What do you know about the guys in Fall Out Boy that you didn’t know two weeks ago?
Hayley Williams: All those guys work out every day and we’re just getting in our dressing room eating chips. I told Patrick [Stump], “Thanks for making us all feel like the laziest buttholes.” He was like, “If I wasn’t doing this, I wouldn’t be able to move onstage. It’s so crucial.” I was like, “OK cool, maybe I’ll start up Ballet Beautiful in a minute.”

We’re all just so getting into tour mode that we really haven’t had a lot of time to hang out yet. We really have to find an off day to get a tour-wide dinner, with the bands and crews and everybody. Those guys are rad. It’s already so cool being on the same tour and sharing a bill and sharing a massive crowd of people who love both of our bands. It’s about time this tour happened. READ FULL STORY

'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Stories Behind The Songs

For 35 years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been music’s most reliable satirist, sending up the biggest pop hits and the most iconic artists for the sake of belly laughs. He’s about to release a brand new album called Mandatory Fun on July 15, so to prepare for a fresh batch of tunes we caught up with Yankovic to get the stories behind hits both big and small.  READ FULL STORY

Beck: On the scene at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom

A few months back, I had the distinct pleasure of receiving a phone call from Beck. The connection wasn’t great, though I chalked that up to the fact that he was calling me from a parallel universe—one that was not wholly unlike the one I exist in, but both slightly more contemplative and way more funky.

We discussed the artists, albums, and songs that have informed his life, and more than once he brought up British death metal band Carcass (whose Surgical Steel was one of my favorite albums of 2013). He seemed mostly charmed by their insane-sounding song titles (“Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites” was a favorite), but based on Beck’s show at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday night, he also digs Carcass because, when given the chance, he likes to shred. READ FULL STORY

Bob Dylan's handwritten 'Like a Rolling Stone' lyrics sell for $2 million

Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyric sheet for “Like a Rolling Stone” sold at a Sotheby’s auction earlier today for a record $2 million. Scrawled in pencil on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C. (“One block from The White House”), and crammed with annotations and sketches of, among other things, a hat and a chicken, Dylan’s cryptic poem would eventually be shaped into a shambolic, six-minute-long pop epic that would become not only an unlikely worldwide hit, but one of rock music’s most influential compositions. It would go on to be covered by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Michael Bolton.

The final price is nearly double the previous record for lyric sheets sold at auction. The previous record holder was John Lennon’s handwritten contribution to the Beatles’ “A Day In the Life” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which sold for $1.2 million back in 2010.

AC/DC might do 40th anniversary tour

On Thursday, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson posted a message on his website that thanks his fans for supporting his new TV series, Cars That Rock (which airs on the Quest channel in the UK.) The post also casually drops that it “looks very likely” that the band will be touring sometime this year. This follows an appearance on a Palm Beach, Florida radio station back in February, in which Johnson said the band was hoping to play a series of 40 shows to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

Johnson’s offhand announcement didn’t mention whether rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young would be joining the tour. Back in April, Young announced that he was in “ill health” and taking a break from AC/DC. While Young doesn’t have the iconic stature of Johnson or his brother Angus, his unflashy, rock-solid rhythm playing is an essential element of the group’s sound—and along with Angus, he’s one of the only two members of the band who’s been a member through all four decades.

Andrew WK wants to 'Party On Your Grave' -- EXCLUSIVE

On July 4, TV comedy mavens Rob Kutner (Conan, The Daily Show) and the Levinson Brothers (Tonight Show, Comedy Central) will release 2776, a time-traveling concept album about America, robots, aliens, philosophy, the future, and a bunch of other stuff, performed by an eclectic cast of 82 actors and musicians—including Patton Oswalt, Aubrey Plaza, Reggie Watts, Right Said Fred, Neko Case, Ed Helms, and NPR’s Nina Totenberg. It’s probably the only album coming out this year where you’ll hear Triumph the Insult Comic Dog working with the Rebirth Brass Band, or k.d. lang collaborating with Alex Trebek.

Andrew WK contributes a track called “Party On Your Grave” that combines the epic power and guitar shredditude of a vintage Judas Priest track with lyrics about getting revenge on an enemy, Andrew WK-style: by partying as hard as possible. According to producer Joel Levinson, “Andrew WK came to my garage on a late morning with a bottle of whiskey ready to rock, and we recorded with the door open, you know, for awesomeness’ sake. About the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced was seeing the looks on neighborhood people’s faces as they walked past hearing his absurdly powerful voice screaming, ‘we’ll watch while the vultures pick clean your liver/and we’ll shtup your wife while she’s still sitting shiva.'” READ FULL STORY

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