PICS: Weezer, Pixies, Sleigh Bells at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre

Where is our mind? Mattress Firm Amphitheatre was in alt-rock heaven when Weezer, the Pixies and Sleigh Bells rolled through town recently.

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Fresh off a much-celebrated, back-and-forth cover-song funfest with classic-rock stalwarts Toto, Weezer took a break from blessing "the rains down in Africa" for a moment to step into the spotlight at Chula Vista's Mattress Firm Amphitheatre on Saturday, Aug. 11. (Rivers Cuomo pictured)
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It was a scorcher of a night (temps were in the high 80s) but few bands are cooler than the alt-rock icons Pixies. (Frank Black pictured)
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Our favorite metal/electro-pop band, Sleigh Bells, opened the show. (Alexis Krauss pictured)
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But first, back to Weezer: With a career that spans more than 25 years, the LA-based group has sold more than 17 million records worldwide.
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The band is made up of guitarist/vocalist Rivers Cuomo, guitarist/vocalist Brian Bell (pictured), drummer Pat Wilson (who coincidentally lives in San Diego), and bassist Scott Shriner.
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Their debut album, a self-titled effort also known as "The Blue Album" released in 1994, was a huge success. (Shriner pictured)
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From that one record came the singles "Undone - The Sweater Song," "Say It Ain't So" and "Buddy Holly," the last of which was ranked No. 499 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
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Fun fact: The band was named for vocalist/lead guitarist Rivers Cuomo -- "Weezer" was a nickname he'd earned from his dad due to his asthma condition.
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Weezer's been busy over the last few years: They released the album "Everything Will Be Alright in the End" in 2014, followed by a self-titled "White Album" two years later, "Pacific Daydream" LP in 2016, and most recently, another self-titled "Black Album" earlier this year.
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As we mentioned earlier, they're also currently in the middle of a cover-song duel with Toto that's taken the world by storm.
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Last year, following a facetious social media campaign that resulted in Toto's 1982 hit song "Africa" being named "The Internet's Favorite Song of 2017" -- and due to thousands upon thousands of online fan requests -- Weezer released a proper cover of it on May 29.
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Prior to this, the band released a cover of "Rosanna" to "troll" the viral social campaign. "Africa" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart this month, becoming the band's first No. 1 single since "Pork and Beans" in 2008.
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Not to be 'undone,' Toto responded by releasing a cover of Weezer's 2001 single "Hash Pipe" on Aug. 9, after debuting it in concert a week prior. Is the duel done? Who knows! Pretty sure Toto's only got one more top 10 hit to cover though: "Hold the Line."
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According to Setlist.fm, Weezer's Aug. 11 show featured the following songs: "Buddy Holly," "Beverly Hills," "Pork and Beans," "Undone (The Sweater Song)," "Hash Pipe," "Perfect Situation," "My Name Is Jonas"...
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Followed by "El Scorcho," "In the Garage," "The Good Life," "Happy Together" (a Turtles cover), "Keep Fishin'," "Island in the Sun" (Rivers solo acoustic), "Take On Me" (Rivers solo acoustic, A-Ha cover), "Burndt Jamb," "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To," "Feels Like Summer" -- and, of course, to cap it all off -- Toto's "Africa."
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Alt-rock legends the Pixies rocked the stage, too.
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The iconic band got their start in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986.
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Current members include (from left to right) Joey Santiago on guitar, David Lovering on drums, Frank Black on guitar/vocals, and Paz Lenchantin on bass.
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Fun fact: The group decided on the band name “Pixies,” when Santiago (pictured) selected the word from the dictionary, and liked how it looked -- and its definition of “mischievous little elves.”
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The band released their debut EP, “Come On Pilgrim” in 1987, and followed it with 1988’s full-length “Surfer Rosa.”
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“Surfer Rosa” exploded for the band in Europe and gained them massive critical acclaim -- however, American audiences were slow to catch on. The album was only certified Gold by the RIAA in 2005. (Lenchantin pictured)
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The album “Doolittle” followed and spawned the hit singles “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone to Heaven.” After releasing “Bossanova” in 1990 and “Tromple le Monde” in 1991, the band had an acrimonious split in 1993 -- Black infamously claimed that he notified the other members in the band via fax that the group was over.
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In 2003, the Pixies reunited for a small string of shows. By 2004, a full tour had been announced and they’ve been at it ever since. In July 2013, original bassist Kim Deal left the band and was eventually replaced by Lenchantin in December of 2013. The band released three EPs in 2014, which were later collected and released as one album, “Indie Cindy.” Their latest album, "Head Carrier," was released in 2016 to mixed reviews.
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The group's Aug. 11 set list included "Gouge Away," "Wave of Mutilation," "Monkey Gone to Heaven," "Classic Masher," "Head On" (Jesus and Mary Chain cover), "Um Chagga Lagga," "Crackity Jones," "Isla de Encanta," "U-Mass," "Caribou," "All the Saints," "Ed Is Dead"...
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Followed by "Where Is My Mind?," "Gigantic," "Head Carrier," "Cactus," "All I Think About Now," "Debaser," "Tame," "Hey," "Mr. Grieves," and "Vamos."
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As previously mentioned, Sleigh Bells opened the show. The Brooklyn, NYC-based band is known for its loud, electro beats paired with metal riffs and dreamy vocals.
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The duo consists of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist-producer Derek E. Miller (pictured). The group also frequently tours with guitarist Ryan Primack and drummer Chris Maggio.
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Sleigh Bells got its start when Miller -- who had been looking for a female vocalist for demos he had been working on -- was contacted by Krauss’ mom volunteering her for them.
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Derek and Alexis met in a park to listen to his demos and she was hooked.
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Fun facts: As a young girl, Krauss appeared in a Nickelodeon Magazine commercial and from the age of 12-16, she also performed in the teen pop group RubyBlue.
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Sleigh Bells released their debut album, "Treats," in 2010. Their follow-up, “Reign of Terror,” was released in 2012, followed by 2013’s “Bitter Rivals.” Three years later, they'd release their fourth studio album, "Jessica Rabbit."
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On Nov. 10, 2017, the duo released their latest effort, a mini-album titled "Kid Kruschev."
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Several of their songs have been featured in various TV shows such as the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” MTV’s “Skins,” CBS’s “The Good Wife,” HBO’s “Girls,” and Netflix’s “Jessica Jones.” Their music has appeared in such films as “Abduction,” “Bachelorette,” “Premium Rush,” “Pain & Gain,” and “The Bling Ring.”
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What a great show -- we hope all of these bands come back to town soon!
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