[photogallerylink id=64168]One-Line Bio: Aggressive Agoura Hills rap-metal band proves the music industry wrong by successfully creating a unique hybrid of two disparate genres, rap and rock, while subsequently furthering an entirely new musical movement and intelligently evolving with the current state of music to manifest a completely one-of-a-kind sound.
Current Band Members: Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard, production), Rob Bourdon (drums), Brad Delson (lead guitar, backing vocals), David “Phoenix” Farrell (bass guitar, backing vocals), Joe Hahn (turntables, keyboard, samples, backing vocals)
Breakout Single: “Crawling”
Why They’re Awesome: While Linkin Park appeals to a wide group of people with their brash, loud energy, the band treats their music like a great cerebral, artistic endeavor–imbuing their lyrics and live performances with a kind of intelligence and humor that enriches their fans.
Current Single: “Iridescent”
[photogallerylink id=103759]One-Line Bio: Socially-minded hardcore punk band from Chicago reach underground and mainstream success by creating a fresh slant on confrontational, globally-conscious punk lyrics, representing the sentiments of a dissenting counterculture, and paying sonic homage to fellow Weenie Roast 2011 bands like[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Face to Face[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bad Religion[/lastfm].
Current Band Members: Tim McIlrath (lead vocals, rhythm guitar and lead guitar), Joe Principe (bass guitar, backing vocals), Brandon Barnes (drums, percussion), Zach Blair (lead guitar, backing vocals)
Breakout Single: “Swing Life Away”
Why They’re Awesome: Year after year, album after album, Rise Against continuously and assertively speak for all the disenfranchised youth longing for social change with their politically-charged music.
Current Single: “Help Is On The Way”
[photogallerylink id=106605]One-Line Bio: Garnering their influence from the crunchy, swaggering sound of the late ’70s New York post-punk era, the Strokes’ artsy, urban take on homegrown garage rock sparked the fire of fame, critical acclaim and instant idolatry with their infamous debut album, Is This It.
Current Band Members: Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar), Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (bass guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums and percussion)
Breakout Single: “Last Nite”
Why They’re Awesome: The Strokes’ smoke-filled, ’70s dive bar band retro-sylings combined with the the leather-clads cool of dark New Wave still makes The Strokes one of the sexiest bands to watch.
Current Single: “Under Cover Of Darkness”
[photogallerylink id=81487]BAD RELIGION
One-Line Bio: Old School Cali hardcore punk band and Weenie Roast veterans, Bad Religion, have maintained both underground and mainstream credibility thanks to their consistently acerbic, confrontational lyrics and urgent, sonically impeccable instrumentation–a ferocious combination that has forever inspired the Los Angeles punk scene.
Current Band Members: Greg Graffin (lead singer), Brett Gurewitz (guitarist), Jay Bentley (bassist), Greg Hetson (guitarist), Brian Baker (guitarist), Brooks Wackerman (drummer)
Breakout Single: “21st Century (Digital Boy)”
Why They’re Awesome: Not only has Bad Religion inspired thousands of punk rock bands in Los Angeles (and the world), but their live shows are still energy-infused, creative, and full of that punk rock vitality that has been driving their musical mojo since their 1979 inception.
Current Single: “Wrong Way Kids”
[photogallerylink id=45434]CAGE THE ELEPHANT
One-Line Bio: Kentucky’s grunge-punk revivalists, Cage the Elephant, garnered critical acclaim with their American-spirited brash garage rock ethics in United Kingdom before getting massive radioplay, slots at major music festivals, and debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200 with their sophomore album, Thank You, Happy Birthday.
Current Band Members: Matthew Shultz (Lead Vocals), Brad Shultz (Rhythm Guitar), Lincoln Parish (Lead Guitar), Daniel Tichenor (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals) and Jared Champion(Drums, Percussion)
Breakout Single: “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked”
Why They’re Awesome: Besides creating infectious music that is impossible not to sing-a-long to and having amazingly energetic live performances (see: epic Coachella 2011), the members of Cage the Elephant are just really cool guys–kind of like your favorite local garage rock band that made it.
Current Single: “Shake Me Down”
A DAY TO REMEMBER
[photogallerylink id=81207]One-Line Bio: Florida metalcore/pop punk fusion band, A Day To Remember, rose quickly from the indie trenches after their popular debut album, And Their Name Was Treason, to play gigs at a number of huge festivals, tour around the world, have their music featured on Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and play on reputable night talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Current Band Members: Jeremy McKinnon (lead vocals), Alex Shelnutt (drums), Kevin Skaff (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Neil Westfall (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Joshua Woodard (bass guitar)
Breakout Single: “The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle”
Why They’re Awesome: A Day To Remember has completely reinvented the way people think about emo or metalcore music with their pop punk infused choruses’ and their lively stage antics.
Current Single: “All I Want”
FACE TO FACE
One-Line Bio: Playful, fun-loving Southern California pop-punk band, Face to Face, was one of the original bands to come out of the influential pop-punk movement of the ’90s in California, touring incessantly with bands like[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Green Day[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bad Religion[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Offspring[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pennywise[/lastfm] while reaching their biggest levels of success when their song “Disconnected” debuted on KROQ.
Current Band Members: Trever Keith (vocals, guitar), Chad Yaro (guitar, vocals), Scott Shiflett (bass, vocals), Danny Thompson (drums)
Breakout Single: “Disconnected”
Why They’re Awesome: Although the band split from 2004 to 2008, Face to Face is back with their much-loved freewheeling punk energy and set to release their first album in nine years–Laugh Now, Laugh Later–right before their Weenie Roast gig.
Current Single: “Should Anything Go Wrong”
[photogallerylink id=81962]One-Line Bio: Utah’s dance-punk band, Neon Trees, channel the bright, bold sounds of ’80s New Wave, making them a pet project for the drummer from the Killers who eventually got them signed to Mercury/Def Jam, national tours and spots at major music festivals, and an awesome performance at KROQ’s 2010 Almost Acoustic Christmas.
Current Band Members: Tyler Glenn (vocals, keyboards), Chris Allen (guitar), Branden Campbell (bass guitar, vocals) and Elaine Bradley (drums, percussion, vocals)
Breakout Single: “Animal”
Why They’re Awesome: Neon Trees are not afraid to go wild, go big, and have fun–always making them a sure bet for a fabulous live performance.
Current Single: “1983”
AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT
[photogallerylink id=99543]One-Line Bio: An eclectic, visceral indie alternative band from Los Feliz, The Airborne Toxic Event became an overnight success after they were named as one of the Top 25 Myspace Bands of 2006 from Rolling Stone, subsequently receiving critical acclaim from numerous publications, blogs and musicians like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]u2[/lastfm], becoming huge in the United Kingdom, playing multiple music festivals, and even performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.
Current Band Members: Mikel Jollett (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steven Chen (guitar, keyboards), Noah Harmon (electric bass, upright bass, backing vocals), Daren Taylor (drums) and Anna Bulbrook (viola, keyboards, tambourine, backing vocals)
Breakout Single: “Sometime Around Midnight”
Why They’re Awesome: Despite having massive amounts of professional prestige and artistic accolades, the Airborne Toxic Event is an intellectual, cultured band that has consistently stayed humble and hard-working–never letting fame get to their head.
Current Single: “Changing”
One-Line Bio: Swedish indie electro-pop singer-songwriter, Lykke Li, may have been an underground blog sensation for the last couple of years, but only now is the pretty blonde chanteuse breaking through on to mainstream radio with her symbolically illuminati-infused art pop which has given her opportunities to play major music festivals, performs on Last Call With Carson Daly, and pen an original song for New Moon, a movie in the Twilight series.
Current Band Members: Lykke Li Zachrisson
Breakout Single: “Little Bit”
Why She’s Awesome: With very few female musicians on rock radio these days, Lykke Li’s ethereal, feminine sound is still edgy enough to compete with a male-dominated music scene.
Current Single: “Get Some”
FOSTER THE PEOPLE
[photogallerylink id=105715]One-Line Bio: Los Angeles-based neo-psychedelic indie dance-rock band, Foster the People, literally exploded on the scene–one day going from relatively unknown band playing free shows at The Echo to being in constant rotation on KROQ and playing a prime slot at Coachella, even though to-date they still have only released an EP.
Current Band Members: Mark Foster (keyboards, guitars, and vocals), Mark Pontius(drums), and Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals)
Breakout Single: “Pumped Up Kicks”
Why They’re Awesome: Foster the People take the alternative dance rock scene to a fresh, inventive level that goes beyond the contrived days of synth-heavy electroclash, transcends genres, and suggests that with even more success, Foster the People will become leaders in a new musical movement.
Current Single: “Houdini”
YOUNG THE GIANT
One-Line Bio: Up-and-coming Irvine-based band creates summery, globally-inspired eclectic alternative rock that has scored them opening slots with bands like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kings of Leon[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neon Trees[/lastfm], a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and sets at SXSW, Coachella, and this year’s Lollapalooza.
Current Band Members: Sameer Gadhia (lead vocals, auxiliary percussion), Jacob Tilley (guitars), Eric Cannata (guitars), Payam Doostzadeh (bass guitar), and François Comtois (drums)
Breakout Single: “Cough Syrup”
Why They’re Awesome: Still in the honeymoon stages of what looks to be a massive career, Young The Giant are the talented hometown heroes you want to root for–and one day say you heard “way back when.”
Current Single: “My Body”
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