summer music / 1

July 12, 2016

entertainment / travel / weekend

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I mentioned in the previous post that I surprised my dad in New Orleans with Weezer tickets. To be honest, I was a little nervous he wouldn’t like standing outside in the heat for hours surrounded by a huge (rather eclectic) crowd. But he seemed to love it when all was said and done so I was grateful for that. There’s something about summer and live music that I just can’t get enough of. In an effort to keep the good vibes going, and maybe inspire your summer playlist, I’m sharing the set lists from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Panic! At the Disco, and Weezer…

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I’ve had a strong obsession with Something Corporate since my high school days, so Andrew McMahon’s latest project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, is the perfect transition into a modern sound. His set was short, but I loved hearing his live variations of Canyon Moon and a throwback to popular Jack’s Mannequin hit Dark Blue. His enthusiasm onstage really got the crowd the pumped.

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Apparently, I have seen Panic! At the Disco before with Dashboard Confessional in 2008 at UF, but had no recollection until the friend I went with brought it to my attention. I don’t know if frontman and the only remaining original member, Brendan Urie, has changed his performance style since then, but Panic! puts on quite a memorable show now. For the younger members of the audience, this was the main event. Urie was enthusiastic, humble, and addressed the crowd between songs. He played drums, piano, sang like Sinatra and even did a few backflips. I’m a fan of their latest album, Death of a Bachelor, which they played a lot of, and their cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody wasn’t bad either.

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FAVORITES: Ballad of Mona Lisa, Hallelujah, Nine in the Afternoon, Miss Jackson, Death of a Bachelor, I Write Sins Not Tragedies, Victorious

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Weezer is one of those bands that subtly permeated my adolescence and young adulthood.  Undone takes me straight back to high school, Surf Wax America reminds me of late night hangs with my best friends, and El Scorcho was my unrequited love anthem throughout college. They have so many amazing songs because they’ve been around for what feels like forever, or, 1992, and their new album, Weezer aka the White Album, is SO GOOD.

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After Panic!, the crowd fizzled a little and we were able to nudge closer to the stage. The curtain pulled back and the band began to play…

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Unlike Panic!, Weezer was more reserved and lead singer Rivers Cuomo lived up to his less than charismatic reputation. The rest of the band gave it their all though. Guitarist Brian Bell killed it, and Bassist Scott Shriner shared that New Orleans was dear to him because it’s where he and his wife got engaged.

The stage was beachy, bright, modern, and trippy, a reflection of this truly Californian band. I got goosebumps when they played Thank God for Girls and showed Maya Angelou, Hillary Clinton, Mother Teresa, and Oprah on the big screen. This concert was held the day after the tragedy in Orlando and each artist addressed it differently. Weezer flashed the pride rainbow at the end of Thank God for Girls. Andrew McMahon spoke of hope for the future and sent a prayer flag into the crowd, and Brendan Urie said, “Who anyone wants to love is not the business of those who seek to strike fear. To them, I say, f— you, come at me.” …Whoa.

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Favorites from the White Album include: California Kids, Thank God for Girls, Do You Wanna Get High?, and King of the World

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Overall, the show was phenomenal and I’m so glad my dad dug it too. If you want to explore the music a little more, below is a Spotify playlist of all the songs played that night. Hope you enjoy! Xx

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