Weezer have been busy lately, riding high off of the success of their cover of Toto’s “Africa” and releasing the slightly confounding pop song “California Snow.” And they’re going to keep it going. Next year, the band will release their new LP The Black Album. Today, we get to hear its first single “Can’t Knock The Hustle.” (It’s not a Jay-Z cover, though I have to assume there’s some winking in the way both the album and the single share titles with iconic Jay-Z records.) The new single is yet another left turn in a career full of them. It’s a slinky funk-rock jam produced by TV On The Radio mastermind Dave Sitek, now working with Weezer for the first time.
The new song also has a video, and it’s another one where Weezer don’t actually appear but where someone else wears frontman Rivers Cuomo’s trademark black-framed glasses. After “Weird Al” Yankovic showed up in the band’s “Africa” video, the new one has Fall Out Boy bassist and onetime tabloid mainstay Pete Wentz. Wentz stars as a harried Uber driver whose passengers are either making out or fighting furiously. Guy Blelloch directs, and you could consider it Wentz’s Taxi Driver.
Weezer don’t have a release date for The Black Album yet, but they have unveiled a huge tour that’ll take up much of next spring. They’re hitting the road with fellow alt-rock legends the Pixies. Below, check out the “Can’t Knock The Hustle” video and the tour dates.
3/08 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
3/10 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
3/13 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
3/14 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
3/16 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
3/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
3/19 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
3/20 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
3/22 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
3/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
3/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
3/27 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
3/28 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
3/30 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
3/31 – Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
4/05 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena
4/06 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
4/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
4/09 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
4/10 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
4/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Event Center
The Black Album is coming next year on Crush Music/Atlantic.