We’ve got killer lineups on both nights of the 22nd Annual Almost Acoustic Christmas, put together by our friends in L.A. Maybe you already know the bands that are playing night 1. But do you really know about the bands of night 1?
We’ve gathered a little bit of info about each of the artists playing Saturday, December 10 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in L.A., to help get you more familiar with what to expect.
Note: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Incubus[/lastfm], originally scheduled for Night 1 at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas this weekend, had to drop out due to illness. They are being replaced by Sublime with Rome.
[Gallery] Blink-182 Perform On Jimmy… Formed in 1992 in Poway (San Diego) by Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Scott Raynor, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blink-182[/lastfm] released their first two albums (Cheshire Cat and Dude Ranch) before replacing Raynor with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Aquabats![/lastfm] drummer Travis Barker in 1998.
The rest is history. Their ’99 album Enema Of The State brought them multi-platinum success with songs like “What’s My Age Again” and “All The Small Things,” while their follow-up album Take Off Your Pants And Jacket solidified their stance as pop-punk gods.
Their eponymous album, which was released in 2003, took on a different sound for the band. That, coupled with the band’s several side projects, eventually led to DeLonge leaving the band and putting them on indefinite hiatus. The hiatus ended in early 2009 and Blink hit the studio once again to work on their latest masterpiece, Neighborhoods, which dropped on September 27th.
[Gallery] Kevin & Bean’s Bush… Forming in the early ’90s and around the same time as Incubus, British alt-rockers [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bush[/lastfm] reached almost immediate success with their six-times multi-platinum debut album, 1994’s Sixteen Stone which includes hit singles like “Everything Zen,” “Glycerine,” “Comedown,” and “Machinehead.”
Since their explosive start, Bush has put out five records with even more single rocketing up to the top of the Billboard charts and award nominations from the Grammys, MTV, and a win for Best Alternative Group from the American Music Awards.
Chevelle Perform Live At Weenie… [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chevelle[/lastfm] has sold over three million albums in the United States. The band’s first full-length album, Point #1 was released on a small record label called Squint Entertainment. Chevelle’s second album, Wonder What’s Next, was certified Platinum by the RIAA after a debut at No. 14 on the United States albums chart, Billboard 200.
This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), the band’s third album debuted at No. 8 and has been certified Gold. Chevelle has since released a fourth album, Vena Sera, a fifth album, Sci-Fi Crimes, which was released on August 31, 2009, and a sixth album Hats Off to the Bull due December 6, 2011.
NEW FOUND GLORY
[Gallery] New Found Glory Perform Live… Formed in the late 90’s in Coral Springs, Florida, NFG have released 7 studio albums, including their latest Radiosurgery, which came out October 4th and was celebrated with a live performance from the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ.
Along with Blink-182, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]New Found Glory[/lastfm] played a crucial role in the spread of the pop-punk genre. They’ve managed to stay relevant and create good music, even when fans seemed to be fading away from the genre. Their current Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour has set the band out to prove exactly that.
[PHOTO GALLERY] Social Distortion @ The… [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Social Distortion[/lastfm] is one of So-Cal’s legendary punk bands, formed by Mike Ness, who also happens to be the only remaining original band member. Hailing from Fullerton, Social D has released 7 studio albums, including their self-titled album which included KROQ favorites like “Ball And Chain” and “Story Of My Life.”
The band released their latest album Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes in January 2011 and found themselves entering the Billboard 200 chart at #4, their highest entry ever.
[Photo Gallery] The Unity Tour Featuring… Hailing from the Omaha, Nebraska, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]311[/lastfm] was one of the first rock bands to incorporate turntablism into their sound. It’s incredible that throughout their 23 year span, the band has only encountered one lineup change, replacing original guitarist Jim Watson with Tim Mahoney in 1991.
311 has released 10 studio albums, including their latest release Universal Pulse. They’re also known for their annual Unity Tour, which has featured bands like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sublime With Rome[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Slightly Stoopid[/lastfm] in recent years. They’re best-known for their self-titled released, which had songs like “Don’t Stay Home,” “Down” and “All Mixed Up.”
YOUNG THE GIANT
[Photo Gallery] Weenie Roast 2011 Bud… Once known by the name The Jakes, indie rock five-piece [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Young The Giant[/lastfm] blasted onto the music scene with their hit “My Body,” was listed by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Morrissey[/lastfm] as one of his favorite new bands, and became MTV Push Artist Of The Week in July of this year.
On top of that, Young The Giant played at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, toured with fellow Almost Acoustic Xmas Night One performer, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Incubus[/lastfm], and received music critic accolades at a plethora of festivals including SXSW, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits.