Category: Angels & Airwaves

Coldplay, Incubus, Silversun Pickups tapped for Weenie Roast

Those who missed out on tickets to Coldplay's three early May shows at the Hollywood Bowl will now have another chance to catch the British pop band. Coldplay will help anchor the annual day-long radio station festival in Irvine that is KROQ-FM's Weenie Roast y Fiesta. Joining Coldplay at the top of the May 5 bill at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater will be Southern California rock band Incubus, which last year released its first album in five years.

Like most KROQ (106.7) festivals, the Weenie Roast largely honors bands that have long been staples on the station's airwaves, and it does so while sprinkling in a newcomer or two that seem preordained for heavy rotation. Local punk bands Pennywise and Offspring are slated to appear, as are Blink-182 off-shoot Angels & Airwaves and technologically minded alt-rock act Garbage. The latter has a pair of sold-out dates at the El Rey on April 9 and April 10.

Silver Lake's Silversun Pickups will perform in advance of its May 8 album "Neck of the Woods," and peppy, fast-rising locals Grouplove will celebrate the success of debut album "Never Trust a Happy Song." Rounding out the bill will be electro-rockers Awolnation, reggae act the Dirty Heads, dancey power-pop band Walk the Moon and anthemic, Icelandic folk-rockers Of Monsters and Men. 

Those who sign up to be members of KROQ's street team mailing list will have first access to tickets Thursday at noon. Tickets will be available via and Tickets for last year's event ranged in price from $45 to $75, not including service fees. 


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-- Todd Martens

Photo: Coldplay's Chris Martin performs at the MTV European Music Awards 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on  Nov. 6, 2011. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press

Angels & Airwaves, Jayhawks, other Music Box gigs rescheduled

Angels & Airwaves
Those planning on a quick reopening for Hollywood's Music Box can now officially consider their hopes dashed. Today promoter Goldenvoice began rescheduling many of its upcoming concerts slated for the space, beginning with a sold-out date from Blink-182 offshoots Angels & Airwaves, which has been moved up from Jan. 26 to Jan. 23 to the nearby Avalon. 

The Angels & Airwaves gig is one of four upcoming Goldenvoice gigs that was originally slated for the Music Box and has now been relocated. A Feb. 2 date for alt-country forebears the Jayhawks has also been shifted to the Avalon, and Dr. Dog's Feb. 10 appearance has been relocated to downtown theater the Orpheum. Finally, noise-rockers Sleigh Bells, whose Feb. 21 Music Box date went on sale last week, will now play at the Mayan Theater downtown. 

Not all Music Box dates have yet been moved to other venues. Those scheduled for March, such as dates with Nada Surf, Lucero and the Cults, are still slated for the Music Box. Cults booking agent Tom Windish, however, has already told Pop & Hiss that he has a backup venue is in place

In moving Angels & Airwaves from the Music Box to the Avalon, some extra tickets have been found for the previously sold-out show. According to a statement from the promoter, a "limited number" of tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. All Music Box tickets will be honored, which also holds true for other concerts referenced in this post.

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Bamboozle Left fans see lots of smoke but little musical fire

Just after commenting on the profligacy of marijuana smoke in the audience at Bamboozle Left festival on Saturday, Circa Survive singer Anthony Green had a stoner revelation of his own.

“Look over there, it’s the moon and the sun, both up there at once,” he said, to the general bemusement of the experimental rock band’s fans. “It’s a battle, and the darkness is winning.” 

The encroaching bleakness of night seemed an apt descriptor of the state of emo at Bamboozle Left. The genre has, in recent years, become shorthand for pretty much any kind of earnest, fashion-addled rock music made for teenagers (heck, even the rapper 50 Cent headlined last year’s installment).

But with a few exceptions, the first night of the weekend-long sugar rush at Angel Stadium felt wearily monochromatic. Anaheim fans might have reason to feel especially begrudged. The version of the festival hitting New Jersey in May has, quite simply, a vastly more interesting lineup, with headliners including Paramore, the rapper Drake, prog-synth weirdos MGMT and bespangled pop tart Ke$ha. As fan-beloved as veterans like the operatically self-loathing Say Anything and glam-goth stalwarts AFI are, the Anaheim edition felt like it was curated by an emo algorithm. And a seriously uninspiring undercard left little reason to show up before sundown, save for the ever-peppy street punk of the Bouncing Souls. 

But once Bamboozle turned itself over to wanton arena-rock impulses, things got a bit better. Circa Survive was the find of the festival, and its forthcoming major-label debut “Blue Sky Noise” feels like a crossover hit. Even if Green vastly overestimates the appeal of his falsetto, his band plays a fanged and freaky take on hardcore that pulls from prog-rock, metalcore, early D.C. punk and a dozen other micro-niches to be fought over on message boards. They lack the acidic sex appeal of the Blood Brothers, but they share an omnivorousness and attention to detail.

Babmboozlepg Max Bemis, the singer of the L.A.-based sextet Say Anything, has been opening his veins on record for a half-dozen years. His absolute inability to self-edit in sharing the travails of his sex life earned him a devoted young following, and his ambitions on record have only grown since his 2004 breakout “…Is A Real Boy.” Last year’s self-titled album tapped a well of power-punk black comedy on songs like “Hate Everyone,” and now that Bemis seems to have his well-documented drug ad psychological demons under control, he’s become a smarmily engaging frontman.  

But there was not a nickel bag of irony to be found during Angels & Airwaves electronica-besotted, U2-aspiring stadium rock. Singer Tom DeLonge, also of Blink 182, is pitching Angels as a kind of experiment in band-as-venture-capitalist with its own social-networking portal. In that way, its set was a pretty convincing initial public offering for new album “Love” -- even if the quartet’s eager, sci-fi-inspired lyrics would make hipper eyes roll, their M83-influenced synthscapes held up better.

The Bay Area-based headliner AFI remains one of the most kinetic voices in punk nearly 20 years into its career. They’ve long dabbled in Danzig-friendly goth imagery that never quite jibed with their skate-able hardcore. But on recent albums they’ve aimed at the bleeding heart of the Billboard charts with singles like “Miss Murder” and “Beautiful Thieves.” Its great latest record “Crash Love” is a trashy lipstick kiss that could even win some converts at this late stage. Singer Davey Havok flailed and pirouetted across the stage, in a glittery coat, mocking the masculine impulses of many thick-necked peers.

The set was a lesson for those worn down by the rest of the day. The best cure for unremitting darkness is a gold-sequined blazer and an arched eyebrow.   

-- August Brown

Photo: AFI lead vocalist Davey Havok performs at the Bamboozle Left festival at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Angels & Airwaves venture into 'LOVE'

The new album is available as a free download, but the group also offers plenty to purchase.


Below is an excerpt from a story in Monday's Calendar section:

On a rainy Tuesday evening in Angels & Airwaves' suburban Carlsbad recording studio, singer Tom DeLonge pondered ice cubes. Specifically, the ice cubes made famous by the Japanese writer-mystic Masaru Emoto, who claimed that projecting positive vibes into water could make it freeze into more beautiful crystals.

"This guy taped pieces of paper with words like 'Love' and 'Hate' to cups of water and froze them. When he looked at them under a microscope, the ones with 'Hate' looked chaotic, but words like 'Love' made them perfectly symmetrical," DeLonge said. "So we thought, what if we could use our album to do that to people, who are made up of mostly water?"

Hence the epic, electronica-infused emo band's new album, "LOVE." Angels & Airwaves released it independently as a free download on Sunday, the latest in a string of multiplatinum rock bands -- including Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails -- to use new free albums to build their brand and fans' loyalty, instead of seeing them as profit-makers.

Read the restAngels & Airwaves venture into 'LOVE' 

--August Brown

Angels & Airwaves plays the Bamboozle Left Festival on March 27 at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. Photo by Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.


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