Happy Birthday, Howard Stern! Top 4 Gift Ideas for You

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Today is Howard Stern's 58th birthday and that means time for gifts. But what do you get the man who maybe doesn't have everything but most certainly can afford it? I sure as hell don't know, but here are four suggestions for the King of All Media, who in case you didn't know, broadcasts at SiriusXM and will soon become a judge on America's Got Talent.



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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two Last Night

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Andrew Youssef
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two
December 11, 2011


After barely surviving Night One of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, my endurance was tested with another stellar line-up for Night Two. The Gibson Amphitheater seemed to be busier around the early start time of 5:30 as the audience was well aware that the line-up was solid from start to finish.

Grouplove seemingly have come out of nowhere. Appearing in a commercial for the iPod Touch with their song "Tongue Tied," their profile has significantly risen as lots of fans were singing along. It was easily the most impressive set from an opening band at a KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show.
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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One Last Night

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Andrew Youssef
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One
December 10, 2011
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Starting off 22 years ago as a one-night affair with a handful of acoustic performances, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has swelled into a two-night, predominately plugged-in festival. Night one, usually billed as the hard rock night, boasted the line up of Blink-182, 311, Social Distortion, Sublime with Rome, Bush, Chevelle, Young The Giant and New Found Glory. 

Boldly wearing a jacket that read "Pop Punk Isn't Dead," Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory enthusiastically bounced around the stage like it was the year 2000. Vocalist Jordan Pundik was in a Santa suit running around wildly, engaging the crowd. New Found Glory, touring in support of their latest album Radiosurgery released on the venerable Epitaph records, gave those unfamiliar with their catalog a chance to sing along during their cover of The Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop."


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Dublab's 24-Hour "No Sleep Session" Marathon Broadcast Starts Now!

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Our favorite 501(c)3 internet radio station dublab is deep into their Proton Drive fundraiser and they need your help to reach their $20,000 goal!

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Ryan Adams at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica Last Night

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Jeremiah Garcia
Ryan Adams at KCRW taping last night
Having witnessed Ryan Adams at the Balboa Theater in San Diego nearly a month ago, It still ranks as one of my top shows of the year. Ryan Adams's latest album Ashes & Fire smolders with intensity as it is packaged nicely into a batch of songs that showcase why Adams is such a brilliant songwriter. It would have been insanity to pass up on the recording of an intimate session in front of 150 people that was taped for KCRW to be aired on December 2nd. 


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Our Almost-Sure KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Lineup Prediction

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Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly
With the announcement of San Francisco's Live 105 Not So Silent Night and San Diego's 91X Wrex The Halls concerts, one can easily forecast who will most likely appear at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas to be held on December 10th and 11th at Gibson Amphitheater.

Live 105 Not So Silent Night will be held on December 9th and includes Janes's Addiction, Florence and The Machine, Bush, Mumford and Sons, and Young The Giant.

91x Wrex The Halls is a two night affair to be held on December 10th and 11th. The December 10th line up includes Florence and The Machine, Death Cab For Cutie, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Cage The Elephant, The Airborne Toxic Event and The Naked and Famous. The December 11th line up includes Blink 182, Social Distortion, Pennywise, Switchfoot, MuteMath, Everlast and DMC. 

Therefore...the predicted lineup for KROQ, after the jump!

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Predicting the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Lineup: Jane's Addiction, Rise Against and A Day to Remember

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Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly

In November of last year, we took a shot at piecing together the lineup for KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas before it was announced, and we weren't far wrong. We're going to attempt the same feat this year.

It's traditionally held at the Gibson Amphitheater, and the venue's concert calendar is empty on Dec. 10 and 11, so we're guessing those are the dates KROQ is going for. This makes sense when you take into account the announcement of Las Vegas Radio Station 107.5 Holiday Havoc shows on Dec. 7 and 8 that will feature Jane's Addiction, Rise Against, The Joy Formidable, A Day to Remember, and The Naked and Famous. We're willing to bet at least half those bands will also be on KROQ's bill.



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It's College Radio Day! KUCI And Titan Radio Join The Fight To Save Campus Stations

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College radio stations have long given a microphone to local musicians and DJs looking for an audience (and people who wanna talk about stuff), but like many awesome campus institutions, they're endangered by the swinging budget ax. Over the past few years, more than a dozen student-run stations across the country have been sold by their universities, usually to NPR or religious broadcasters, and in the shift, the plug has been pulled on some wonderfully weird programming. 

Kids just want their radio back. Today is the inaugural College Radio Day, a national party on the airwaves with about 350 stations joining in with special programming--live music, interviews and giveaways. The goal is to encourage people to tune into their local college radio stations, and hopefully program them permanently into their dials. 

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Alison Rosen Retraces Her Steps From OC Weekly to NYC and Now The Adam Carolla Podcast

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Usually when a former OC Weekling makes news, it involves an abrupt mass exit out the building or an unscheduled solo guest spot on To Catch a Predator With Chris Hansen. That's not the case with former staff writer Alison Rosen, who began working for the Weekly in the late 1990s before leaving Orange County for New York City a few years later. Now she's back in Southern California as the "news girl" for comedian Adam Carolla's podcasts.
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Predicting the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Line Up

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Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly
It is that time of the year again when people start talking about who will appear at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas shows. Traditionally held at the Gibson Amphitheater, the venue has a glaring hole in their calendar: there are no shows scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12.

With some powers of deduction, one can conclude some of the bands that will appear due to the recent announcement of the alternative radio holiday shows scheduled in San Diego and San Francisco.More »
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