Crystal Ballroom Downtown
Tue., Dec. 12, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages
Recommended by Cameron Crowell
Before going out on the weekends my friends and I have a ritual of listening to 1990s alt-rock, so Weezer unavoidably comes up on the playlist. Many of their songs have not aged well: “No One Else” (from the band’s 1994 self-titled debut) is possibly one of the most socially regressive songs of the last half-century, with lyrics suggesting that frontman Rivers Cuomo’s partner is only allowed to be a person when she’s with him. Pinkerton is another prime example of infinitely catchy songs with “self-aware” sexist lyrics, from “I’m dumb, she’s a lesbian” to “Goddamn, these half-Japanese girls do it to me every time.” If you were to chart a graph of Weezer’s career, you’d likely find a positive relationship between the determinate factor “how insufferable is Rivers Cuomo is being” and the quality of music.
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.