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Interview with Matt Sharp of the Rentals

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A rock legend will hit the stage tonight. Matt Sharp the alleged heart of Weezer was with the band for their first two records, the debut "Blue" record, and the initially-overlooked but spotlessly perfect Pinkerton. Since he split ways with the band they've never produced anything as good and everyone knows it.

Sharp's band The Rentals has been around 13 years now and although that music is sweet and cute and poppy and consistently good, it is obvious to anyone keeping it real that it's precisely the missing ingredient of one of the best rock groups of today.

It's almost as if Sharp was the chocolate chips in the Weezer cookie. The cookie is still good without the chips, and the chips are delicious alone, but together there's some crazy magic.

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Well, the all chocolate chip majesty of The Rentals can be so sweet that it can give you cavities after a while, what with its swirling Moog synths and angelic female vocals layered behind Sharp's lovesongs, which is why the most recent offering, Last Little Life, was perfect as an EP.

Tonight Sharp brings his band back home. After spending a month-long residency earlier in the summer at Spaceland, The Rentals will rock the spacious confines of the Henry Fonda Music Box tonight.