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Matt Sharp keeps buying time for the Rentals to rock

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It's been 20 years since Matt Sharp launched the Rentals with the ironically titled "Return of the Rentals." But the singer and multi-instrumentalist says it really doesn't feel like it's been that long.

"Time is weird, you know?" says Sharp, 45, who started the Rentals when he was still in the band Weezer (he left in 1998) and has released three albums -- including last year's "Lost in Alphaville" -- and several EPs since. "You might seen old friend and you think it's been a year since you've seen him, and he says, 'It hasn't been a year; it's been FIVE' years!' and you're like, 'Whoa! How did that happen?' We all have those things

"To me it's not the release of the first album that seems strange to me. It's more like the last time the Rentals went on tour it was in 2006, 2007 -- nine and eight years ago. That blows my mind; 'Wait a minute, wasn't that just last year?' Things move very quickly for me, even if I'm not always around and in sight, if you know what I mean."

Sharp has been the Rentals only consistent members during the group's two decades, and he says the point of the group is "to work wtih people that I'm inspired by who are around me that are doing things I think are very interesting and very cool." For "Lost in Alphaville," the first Rentals album in 15 years, that included musicians such as Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago and singers Jess Wolfe adn Holly Laessig, who Sharp cold-called after hearing an album by their Brooklyn-based band Lucius.

"The Rentals was born out of an idea of not being a traditional band," Sharp acknowledges. "It's for me to be able to work with different musicians and artists that I am just inspired by or into the records they're making at the time and have a desire to work with and do some things they haven't done on their own or that the Rentals haven't done on their own.

"It's been an ever-evolving cast of characters, but there's always interesting little dynamics and it's never failed to lead to something really amazing. It's a special thing, and it's best if I let it go at its own pace and not push it too hard."

The Rentals and Rey Pila & Radiation City

Monday, May 18. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.

Call 248-546-3696 or visit www.thelovingtouchferndale.com.

Web Site: www.thelovingtouchferndale.com

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