KROQ Weenie Roast 2013 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - May 18, 2013
Andrew Youssef / OC Weekly Fitz and the Tantrums
Silversun Pickups enjoyed their fifth time at the Weenie Roast, with Sarah Negadari of the Happy Hollows filling in on bass since Nikki Monninger is taking care of her newborn twins. Other bands that made some leaps onto the main stage include AWOLNATION and Imagine Dragons. While I thought Fitz and the Tantrums should have been up there as well, Atlas Genius took the midday slot and still did remarkably well.
The side stage had a slew of high-energy bands that may soon make the leap to the main stage. Twenty One Pilots provided tons of energy and costume changes. New Politics had way better dance moves than songs. Capital Cities opted for two cover songs in their set, which seemed excessive but had a nice groove. The Neighborhood's crisp, indie pop sound made me yearn for sweater weather in Irvine. Fitz and the Tantrums seem most likely to make the jump to the main stage with their no-holds-barred performance.
Critical Bias: I like any bill that includes the Black Keys.
The Crowd: Definitely more of a Coachella vibe and not nearly as many bros compared to previous years.
Overheard In the Crowd: People singing along to every word of "Little Talks" from Of Monsters and Men.
Random Notebook Dump: Despite the fact the stream for Neighborhood was in black and white, they played in living color.