New Weezer Album Arrives May 15

Weezer's first studio album in almost five years will arrive May 15 on DGC/Interscope, and will be preceded by first single "Hash Pipe" in mid-April. The as-yet-untitled album was produced by Rick Oca

Weezer's first studio album in almost five years will arrive May 15 on DGC/Interscope, and will be preceded by first single "Hash Pipe" in mid-April. The as-yet-untitled album was produced by Rick Ocasek, who was behind the boards for the band's 1994 self-titled debut. That set peaked at No. 16 on The Billboard 200 and spawned two top-10 hits on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart ("Undone - The Sweater Song" and "Buddy Holly").

"Hash Pipe," a powerful, grunge-tinged number, is among the several new songs Weezer has been playing on its current North American tour. At a recent stop in Philadelphia, other new numbers the band rattled off were the beautifully dreary "The Christmas Song," the upbeat "Island In The Sun," and "Don't Let Go," a straight-ahead rock tune.

The tour, sponsored by Yahoo! Outloud, closes Sunday (March 18) in San Diego. Afterward, Weezer will set off on a short Japanese trek, and is also set to perform April 28 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. As previously reported, the band will be a part of this year's Warped Tour, which begins June 22 in Phoenix.