KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas - Night 2
KROQ presents the 24th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas - Night 2 - featuring Arcade Fire, Phoenix, The Neighbourhood, Capital Cities, Lorde, Portugal. The Man, Fitz And The Tantrums, Atlas Genius and Bastille. Tickets on sale Friday, November 15th at 12pm.
Portugal. The Man: Portugal. The Man has successfully brought back psychedelic rock to mainstream music, both through acclaimed festival tour dates and on albums like their latest major label debut, In the Mountain, In the Cloud. Portugal. The Man is also becoming well known for their diligent touring and recording schedule, having released 12 albums and EPs in the past six years. The band is also going on months worth of domestic and international tour dates in 2011, to the delight of fans who have come to expect this level of attention from these rising talents.
Portugal. The Man began as a side project for lead singer and guitarist John Gourley. The band began receiving widespread recognition after the release of their second album, Church Mouth, which afforded Portugal. The Man with their first headlining tour dates in the US and Europe. It was all down hill from there, as their next four albums would experience great reviews and a positive response from audiences. 2009's The Satanic Satanist received particular attention, as it was their first album to include pre-production and was praised for its sound.
Portugal. The Man's freshly released In the Mountain, In the Cloud marks the band's major label debut. Those critics that have heard the album in advance have already given it great reviews, and the fan hype has built to a fever pitch. Portugal. The Man has already been performing months worth of tour dates in 2011, and will continue to do so for months after the album's release. While there are too many concerts to name, the band will be traveling around the world, performing solo shows and at festivals until they end their 2011 tour dates on December 4.
Fitz and The Tantrums: Fitz and The Tantrums is bringing the Motown sound back to modern music. While Fitz and The Tantrums haven't had an all-star concert schedule yet, their fresh sound is garnering attention on tour dates in 2011. The band's frontman, Michael Fitzpatrick, has described his music as "soul-influenced indie pop" and also reiterated that the sound is similar to Motown Records, but that he's not trying to recreate it. In no way is a resemblance to Motown music a bad thing; in fact, it's one of the many reasons that Fitz and The Tantrums have struck a pleasing chord with fans and critics alike. The band's popular sound is also the reason Fitz and The Tantrums have had a full concert schedule since the release of their newest album Pickin' Up The Pieces, including upcoming tour dates for 2011. The remaining concert schedule for 2011 includes tour dates in North America, and even a stop off in Australia.
Michael Fitzpatrick - or Fitz - had been working as a singer and songwriter in Los Angeles for a few years, without any major claim to fame. One fateful day, Fitz received a call from his ex-girlfriend, whose neighbor had to move out quickly and was selling most of his things, including an old church organ. After hiring and pleading a group of people to move it into his living room, Fitz sat down at the organ and was struck by wave after wave of inspiration. "Breakin' The Chains of Love" was the song that first flowed from the organ and became the single off of his first EP, Songs For a Break Up, Vol. 1. While he liked the electric guitar on the track, Fitz felt it was the saxophone that shone through brightest, giving him the idea to create songs without any guitar at all (excluding a funky bass). Before recording, Fitz had to find some Tantrums; he recruited the sultry voice of Noelle Scaggs (former singer for The Rebirth, whom he produced), drummer John Wicks, keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna (former musical director for Macy Gray), saxophonist James King (who has backed De La Soul), and bassist Joseph Karnes. He recorded all the songs for the EP in his living room in 2009, and the album slowly began to spread to the east coast. It made its way to New York, where the EP found its way into the hands of a tattoo artist who was inking Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. The artist urged Levine to listen to the album and the singer was immediately impressed, personally inviting Fitz and The Tantrums to open for Maroon 5 on their 2009 tour.
Fitz and The Tantrums was signed to Dangerbird Records in 2010 and shortly after released their first full-length album, Pickin' Up The Pieces. The album has become a huge success, including the single "MoneyGrabber," and brought Fitz and his Tantrums a fair amount of fame and headlining tour dates in 2011. The group is about to experience even more fame this summer as they fill up their concert schedule with even more tour dates in 2011, this time with up-and-comer April Smith and the Great Picture Show. The tour is underway on the west coast of the US and will head to the east coast on April 9. Fitz and the Tantrums will make their way down the east coast and loop through the south until April 23, when they'll head to Europe to play shows in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and London in early May. On May 24, Fitz and the Tantrums will return to the US to play the Northwest and Canada before traveling to Australia for tour dates on July 27. The last scheduled 2011 tour date for Fitz and The Tantrums is set for Austin, TX on September 17, with the possibility of an extended concert schedule in the near future. Those interested in seeing Fitz and the Tantrums should check them out on their current concert schedule, as the next time they tour, you might have to pay a lot more for a ticket after they hit the big time.
Arcade Fire: Arcade Fire began as a duo in Boston in 2001 when Win Butler and Josh Deu used the moniker Arcade Fire at local gigs. Eventually moving to Montreal, the band added several more band members to their repertoire and gave birth to what is now one of indie rock's most acclaimed bands. Following a series of line-up changes and infighting, the band finally released their self-titled EP in 2003. Arcade Fire tour dates were booked at local clubs and venues in an effort to generate buzz and attention from labels. The efforts proved successful and they were signed to indie label, Merge Records, hitting the studio almost immediately to record their first LP, Funeral.
Their highly anticipated debut LP was finally released in September 2004 to instant critical and commercial success. MTV2 awarded Arcade Fire's debut with Album of the Year, as did Filter Magazine. The album achieved gold certifications in the UK and Canada, and sold over half a million copies, becoming Merge Records' first Billboard 200 chart entry and their most commercially successful album to date. Prior to the release of the album, Arcade Fire tour dates had been booked at small venues, which became problematic when demand for the band exceeded venue capacity. The 2005 Arcade Fire concert schedule had the band playing shows right across the country as well as at international festivals such as SummerSonic in Japan, Lollapalooza, and the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands. Their banner year was topped off when Arcade Fire graced the cover of Time magazine (Canada Edition) and were nominated for two Grammy Awards for their song "Cold Wind."
For their sophomore release, the band purchased and converted a dilapidated church in rural Canada and turned it into a recording studio. What the band produced there evolved into, Neon Bible, and was released in 2007. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and immediately met with critical acclaim. In support of the album, Arcade Fire tour dates were scheduled across North America and Europe at the end of 2007. Additional Arcade Fire tour dates were booked in Australia and New Zealand, marking the band's first time down under. The Arcade Fire Neon Bible Tour finally culminated after 122 shows in 75 cities and nineteen countries in February 2008. The band didn't waste any time and immediately hit the studio to record the follow-up.
The final product, The Suburbs, was released in August, 2010 while the band was on another tour. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 156k copies in its maiden week. Arcade Fire was nominated for three Grammy awards and in February,2011, they won the coveted Album of the Year award. The band then dove into the world of film scoring, writing all the music for Spike Jonze's film Her. Shortly after, Arcade Fire released their fourth album, Reflektor, influenced by Haitian rara music. Predictably, the album received nearly universal acclaim, with sales improving even more than Suburbs.
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The Neighbourhood: The Neighbourhood is an American rock band formed in August 2011. The band is composed of vocalist Jesse Rutherford, guitarists Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margott and drummer Brandon Fried.
BASTILLE: Initially started as a solo project by Dan Smith, Bastille have become an international sensation. After experiencing some moderate success in the UK with their debut album, Bad Blood, they rocketed to stardom after their single, "Pompeii", became a hit with music lovers around the world. The single has gone Platinum in the UK and Double Platinum in the US, and the band itself won the 2014 Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act.
Phoenix: One of the most popular bands to come from France in recent years is Phoenix, whose style lies in the borderlands of alternative, indie, new wave, and jazz. While the group has been releasing records and playing packed tour dates for over ten years, it wasn't until the release of their most recent album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, in 2009 that Phoenix hit it big. The band's members are currently spending their time writing songs for their new album, with no official announcement on a title or release date yet. Unfortunately, with Phoenix in the studio, that means no more concert dates for 2011 past February, but fans can expect numerous tour dates upon the release of the album.
Phoenix began as a garage band in the suburbs of Paris in the early 90's by lead singer Thomas Mars, guitarist Chris Mazzalai, and bassist Deck d'Arcy. In 1995, Mazzalai's brother, Laurent Brancowitz, left his band Darlin' (which included Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk) and joined Phoenix as a second guitarist. It took the group two years of writing songs and playing tour dates to independently release a single before they were picked up by Source Records. Early on, the band made regular appearances as the back-up band for French duo, Air, on tour dates. The group released their debut LP, United, in 2000; while the album wasn't an instant success, the song "Too Young" was used in the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation. Phoenix's 2004 album, Alphabetical, achieved slightly more success and was supported by the singles "Everything Is Everything" and "Run Run Run". The success of the album afforded the group more publicity, as well as a number of worldwide, high profile tour dates.
It wasn't until 2009, with the release of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, that Phoenix became a commercial and critical success worldwide. The album included the hit singles "1901" and "Lisztomania," and both songs harken back to the late 19th / early 20th century Parisian style. The album won Phoenix a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2010, and also scored Phoenix a number of headlining tour dates. Also in 2010, Phoenix provided the majority of music for the film, Somewhere, by Sofia Coppola (whom Thomas Mars is currently dating and has two children with).
While Phoenix has no more scheduled concert dates in 2011, they are in the early stages of producing a new album. There is a camera set up in the band's rehearsal space, which plays on the band's website so fans can check out their progress. Unfortunately, fans will probably have to wait until 2012 for the announcement of new tour dates. Be sure to keep checking Eventful for the latest news on Phoenix's upcoming album and any updates on tour dates.
Lorde: The young New Zealand artist whose real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor was signed to a record label before she was in high school. Her first EP, The Love Club featured the now infamous hit single "Royals" made her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a #1 song in the US. Her debut album, Pure Heroine was released a year later in 2013, and received an enormous amount of praise from critics, as well as two Grammy Awards. Not only has her record garnered acclaim, but she has been praised for her vocals and stage presence at live shows.