It's that most wonderful time of the year: holiday radio concert time!
Yes, 'tis the season for all the hottest alt-rock bands in the land to work the radio-gig circuit, and this past weekend they journeyed to L.A. to play KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas. The gig was in fact not acoustic at all--the station's annual Xmas show went electric years ago, although it started off as a humble, unplugged event--but that was just fine, considering that the big headliner was the typically cranked-to-11 Muse.
Also playing live and very plugged were Franco-pop superstars Phoenix, college Afro-poppers Vampire Weekend, piano-driven Brooklyn buzz band White Rabbits, indie-electro Candians Metric, Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant, and brooding New Yorkers the Bravery.
And the bands received plenty of gifts from the KROQ Santa, judging from the bountiful bounty in the "Very Very Green Room," which was overflowing with swag, swag, swag from Too Faced cosmetics, DJ Hero and Guitar Hero, Café Bustelo coffee, Ketel One vodka, and Farah clothing, along with Gibson guitars for the KROQ artists to autograph. (The axes were being auctioned for charity, so the event wasn't all about swag--the artists gave and received in the true holiday spirit.)
The Bravery with the charity guitars:
The Bravery's Sam Endicott scoring some loot:
Photogenic Phoenix seemingly practicing poses for their KROQ Christmas calendar:
KROQ's Loveline advice guru Dr. Drew with well-earned swag:
Hanging with Sum 41's Deryck Whibley:
Unisex Too Faced makeovers in the green room:
Rocker-about-town and Slightly Stoopid associate Beardo, in the best holiday party outfit of the night:
The top performers of the evening were, unsurprisingly, Muse, who performed an hour-long closing set of nonstop hits and got in the festive spirit by sailing confetti-filled Christmas balloons over the crowd during "Plug-In Baby":
Here are the other highlights of this not-so-silent night: