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Weezer presents an encore performance “Blue Album” its entirety Oct. 9 Congress Theatre.

Weezer presents an encore performance of “Blue Album” in its entirety on Oct. 9 at the Congress Theatre.

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† 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9

† Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee

† Tickets, $12-$105

† (773) 276-1235;

Updated: January 23, 2012 4:03AM

Led by Rivers Cuomo, one of modern rock’s more unlikely figures, Weezer has never done things quite conventionally. While others have pointed to Weezer as a forefather to the modern emo movement, a tongue-in-cheek feeling follows the nearly 20-year-old band, right down to its latest scheme: the Weezer Cruise.

The seaside jaunt finds Weezer leading its own Lido Deck alongside musical pals Dinosaur Jr., Wavves, the Antlers, Yuck and tour openers. Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, who has traded his set for an electric guitar in live shows through the years, sees himself challenging cruisemates Dinosaur Jr. to a guitar shred-off.

“I’ll show that old boy a thing or two,” Wilson jokes of the alt-rockers’ leader, J Mascis.

The four-day voyage, through Carnival Cruises, will leave from Miami on Jan. 19, sailing to Cozumel, Mexico, before ending its journey back in Miami on Jan. 23.

“Personally, once I heard the Yacht Rock Revue was involved, I was all in,” Wilson says of the cruise, which, yes, will include something called the “Yacht Rock Revue.” Not even Wilson was quite sure what to expect from it. The band performs an encore of “The Blue Album” in its entirety on Oct. 9 at the Congress Theater. Urge Overkill, Teenage Bottlerocket and White Mystery are also on the bill.

What can expected from the cruise are “plenty of opportunities to interact with the fans,” says Wilson, who anticipates Weezer will play two big shows on the nautical journey.

The Southern California band is no stranger to unconventional (and selective) touring methods, kicking off a five-city tour last fall that found the band playing its much-loved first two albums — “The Blue Album” and “Pinkerton” — in their entirety.

“We don’t tour the way we used to,” Wilson says. “We used to go out for months at a time in a bus and kind of lose your mind. Nowadays, we’ve all got kids and we just pick our spots. We much prefer it, actually.”

A less hectic touring schedule also frees up Weezer, who have released three new albums in the last three years, for more frequent recording sessions. Wilson adds that his longtime side project, the Special Goodness, is gearing up for the release of a fourth album. “I have 10 songs that are being mixed right now, so I should have that out, I’m hoping, before the holidays.”

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