Much like Aerosmith when the band was all on drugs, or Elton John when he was still bi, the general consensus is that Weezer reached its creative peak while Rivers Cuomo was at his all-time personal low. But the band has persevered, releasing its sixth album, Weezer (just call it “the red album”), produced by Rick Rubin, who knows a thing or two about reviving old acts. Moreover, the new Weezer lineup is now led by a happily married and Buddhist-enlightened Cuomo—and really, who’s going to begrudge them that? Sure, you’re not going to get the same genre-defining classics, like “Tired of Sex” or “Across the Sea,” but no one shreds like a happy Rivers Cuomo. Plus, bonus points: fewer mopey emo kids at the show. Truly a win-win situation for all. KeyArena, Seattle Center, 628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com. $26–$46. 7:30 p.m. RAECHEL SIMS

Sat., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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