Concert preview: Weezer, Pixies at Schottenstein Center

Joel Oliphint
joliphint@columbusalive.com
Weezer

In a recent, bizarrely niche “Saturday Night Live” sketch, conversation pauses among three couples at a dinner party when Weezer's cover of Toto's “Africa” comes on. Matt Damon's character is stoked — about “Africa,” about the new Black Album, about everything Weezer has done in recent years.

Leslie Jones' character? Not so stoked. “Real Weezer fans know they haven't had a good album sincePinkerton in '96,” she says.

Those are the two Weezer camps. Either the band has been going downhill ever since theBlue Album andPinkerton, or the band has aged like fine wine. (I strongly prefer early Weezer but will ride for some songs on theGreen AlbumandMaladroit.) In Columbus, it gets more complicated, because there's a Venn diagram overlap of Weezer/Crew SC fans who'll love the band forever simply because the group covered “Africa,” a song that has become a Crew sing-along and rallying cry.

Pixiesfans have a dilemma similar to Weezer fans (incredible early albums, garbage recent records), complicated by a lineup that no longer includes integral founding member Kim Deal. But I've also heard that recent Pixies live shows are better now that the bad mojo between Deal and frontman Black Francis is out of the picture, and bassist Paz Lenchantin is no slouch. Plus, recent set lists include classics like “Gouge Away,” “Wave of Mutilation” and “Here Comes Your Man.” Choose wisely.(Fans only)

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19

555 Borror Dr., Campus

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Schottenstein Center