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Get to Know the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night 2 Bands

November 8, 2018

By Scott T. Sterling

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas lineup is here!

The weekend is sure to be one big, beautiful and wonderfully diverse rock and roll holiday party packed with all of your favorites under one roof. And not just any roof, but the legendary and always fabulous L.A. Forum. It’s one of the few arenas in the country where you can sit in the very last row and still feel like part of the show.

Grab your tickets this Friday at 12pm, because when they start to go, they’re gonna go fast, Like, really fast. Just look this lineup and you’ll understand. Santa Claus is coming to town, and he looks a lot like Stryker!

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Let’s take a look at just who exactly is going to be melting your face off this year.


The next time someone asks you where are the women headlining music festivals, direct them right here. We’re not trying to pat ourselves on the back too much or anything, because the glory all belongs to Florence Welch and her always incredible Machine. This woman commands the stage in a way that’s unforgettable. Like the time she broke her foot during a performance on the main stage at Coachella, but soldiered on like the trooper she is to finish the show. She even showed up to the KROQ Weenie Roast a few months later ready to play, even with a walking boot secured to the still-healing foot. That’s Florence’s dedication to her craft. She’s still out on the campaign trail in support of her most recent release, the stellar High as Hope. See one of the hardest working women in rock and roll when Florence + the Machine cap off the Almost Acoustic Christmas 2018.


KROQ is always happy to welcome these indie rock stalwarts to the stage any chance we get. We’re still in awe of the band’s latest album, Thank You for Today, which is oozing with the good feelings that went into making it. “We would leave the studio and ask ourselves the question of like…I hope this is the doing a good job good feeling and not the delusional, I’m just happy and think I’m doing a good job good feeling,” singer Ben Gibbard told our own Kat Corbett when they stopped by the HD Radio Sound Space to share some of the new songs earlier this year. “Thankfully, as the record has gotten out to people we care about—the first people to hear it were the people closest to us—they’re always the most honest with us, and they had nice things to say, so. Hopefully, other people will feel the same way.” Gibbard is taking time off his busy ultrarunning schedule to play a special holiday set at this year’s Almost Acoustic Christmas. And for that, we’re very thankful, and hope you are, too.


Dan Smith and the guys are sure to bring lots of holiday spirit to this year’s AAC party. We’re lobbying Dan to bring Marshmello along for a rousing rendition of their hit collaboration, “Happier,” but the Marshmello moves in mysterious ways. We just caught the whole band bring the house down with a great show at this year’s Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, so we have no doubt they’ll turn the party up when they command the Almost Acoustic Christmas stage.  


The man, the myth, the legend himself, Mike Shinoda, continues to hone his chops as a solo artist. After years as a cornerstone of Linkin Park, the tragic passing of Chester Bennington has found making personal and introspective music of his own as a healing catharsis. Shinoda’s solo music is also a celebration, of not just all things Linkin Park, but of life itself. Join in the celebration when Mike Shinoda hops on the AAC stage all by his lonesome this year. Let’s all heal together.


There are few emerging artists out there as red-hot as Billie Eilish. Ask the coolest kid you know, and they’ll tell you all about her. Eilish’s 17th birthday isn’t until after she performs at this year’s Almost Acoustic Christmas show, and her debut single, “Ocean Eyes,” already has over 132 million streams on Spotify. Altogether, her music is responsible for more than a billion streams. Not bad for sweet 16, that’s for sure.  Maybe you’ve heard her duet with Khalid, “Lovely,” her latest contribution to the 13 Reasons Why soundtrack? Get to know Billie Eilish if you don’t already. She’s the very real deal and an emerging young artist who’s already forged a tight and impenetrable bond with her fans. One to watch, as they say.


Irvine represent! The O.C.’s very own Young the Giant will be holding it down for their part of SoCal at the big KROQ and roll holiday bash this year. The group’s latest and fourth studio album is still fresh off the presses, so check it out now and get in on the ground floor. “The message is very direct. We wanted it to be something that just sort of hits you on the first listen,” drummer Francois Comtois said in a recent interview. We have stylistic ADD. We have a really hard time picking one genre or style.” With all of the band’s members living within a mile of each other in West L.A., exploring myriad styles is quick scooter ride away.


All hail the reigning queen and kings of honest to goodness synth-rock. They’re an electronic band for sure, but there’s nothing soft and/or wimpy about CHVRCHES. Sure, they’re a cuddly bunch. The music Lauren Mayberry and the boys kick out will make you move from the first life-affirming chorus. 2018 has been a big year for the band; they connected with Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Matt Berninger of The National and superstar producer Greg Kurstin to conjure up latest release, the cheerily titled Love is Dead. Clearly, the pride of Scotland aren’t messing around when it comes to their music. Come see what all the fuss is about when they set it off at AAC 2018.


Mike Posner has been through. This guy has seen some things. All of it can be found in his music. “My new album is like weird, futuristic singer-songwriter music,” is how he put it recently. “I feel like I’m part of a lineage of songwriters. You go back to Woody Guthrie first, Woody Guthrie’s biggest fan is Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan influenced everyone, The Beatles on down. Springsteen listened to Dylan… I listen to all those guys. Not saying I’m as good as any of those guys, because they’re my heroes. That’s what I aim for. I don’t know, man. Songs pop into my head and I just try to record them how I hear them in my head.” One such tune is the hit, “Song About You,” so it sounds like Mr. Posner is on the right track. Get in the building earlier enough to catch his set and see the light.


It’s always particularly cool when we get to welcome a young new Los Angeles band into the KROQ fold. We’ve been fans of Lovelytheband for a while; ever since we were their killer single, “Broken.” Give it a spin and we’re confident that you’ll feel the same way about these three fine L.A. gentlemen. Frontman Mitchey Collins, guitarist Jordan Greenwald, and drummer Sam Price are all the kind of cool dudes that are always fun to kick it with. When we went t-shirt shopping with them down in Austin during SXSW earlier this year, they definitely impressed us with their final selections. Get your butt in gear and come check them out when they kick off Night 2 of the 2018 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. That way you can say that you saw them “back in the day” when they’re big rock stars. You’re welcome.