KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta fans who scored tickets to the upcoming sold-out event can now relish the epic lineup of this year's installment.
Bands who have performed previously at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas shows, which also benefits charities, will be back. These include Cage The Elephant, Imagine Dragons and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Held for the first year at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif, the show's proceeds will go in aid the Surfrider Foundation and Heal The Bay.
Other acts performing include Paramore, whose latest effort, After Laughter, has been lauded by the music press. And Incubus, who continue to win new fans with their ever-evolving brand of punk rock, thanks in part to frontman Brandon Boyd's penchant for performing shirtless. Folk electro-rockers Judah & The Lion, whose fourth album, Folk Hop N' Roll, has earned them good reviews, will also showcase their latest work. Their single "Take It All Back" is spending an impressive month on the top of the Alternative Song charts.
Even with so much star power and up-and-comers set to perform, there is still more to be desired. Check out AXS' top three must-see acts which includes two artists with keenly anticipated albums set to be released this year, and a supergroup fashioned out of one of our favorite '90s indie bands.
Lana Del Rey
Her first single, “Love,” off her forthcoming Lust For Life album, really is enough to “make you go crazy, crazy, crazy.” It harks back to an early Lana Del Rey favorite, "Video Games" in a cinematic mood, but it's themes highlight an artist coming-off-age. "Look you kids with your vintage music," she begins, then subtly taps into the growing unease that her fans must be experiencing with our current dystopia. Then again, Del Rey has always been an old soul.
Her fifth album, Lust For Life, sees her work with Born To Die collaborator Emile Haynie and hit maker Benny Blanco (Maroon 5, Rhianna). She returns, as beguiling as ever. And from her most recent interview with ELLE UK, she is even more confident about the music she makes and her motivations.
After much hinting, Lorde finally announced that Melodrama, her highly-anticipated follow-up to Pure Heroine, will be released on June 16, 2017. Accompanying the news, was a single off the album, “Green Light.” With electro elements – it signaled she was walking a different path from Pure Heroine and embracing the sound du jour, EDM.
However, you shouldn’t put Lorde in a corner, or box, too quickly. Her follow-up, “Liability” was the other extreme, a sparse piano ballad, featuring just her unadorned voice with its unique antipodean cadence. Both songs tread on themes of relationships foiled by fame. Perhaps she might treat us to another new single, at Weenie Roast.
All the No Doubt men left in the wake of Gwen Stefani’s solo efforts, her TV stint and recent move to Oklahoma, went off and carried on making new music. Behind closed doors, and away from managers and record labels, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont then teamed up with AFI's Davey Havok. And Dreamcar was born.
It's a collaboration and sound that could only come about, with the fusing of this particular combination of talents. Their first single "Kill For Candy" of their recently released self-titled album, is all '80s electro, calling to mind Flock of Seagulls and Duran Duran. Between them, there's a wealth of experience playing arenas and festival stages. Apart from their Coachella debut, however, they have only done a round of club shows as Dreamcar, so we're looking forward to checking out their 2017 new wave stylings, live, on the big stage.