One of the biggest stars on rock 'n' roll radio isn't a rock 'n' roller at all.
Long-standing L.A. rock station KROQ-FM on Monday morning unveiled the lineup for its annual day-long Weenie Roast festival, and leading the bill is EDM star Avicii. The Swedish DJ became a crossover star with "Wake Me Up," his celebratory mash-up of rave culture and shout-to-the-rafters folk pop.
While it may be a dance song that feels more like a rock song, Avicii gives an unabashed pop gleam to the Weenie Roast, which is set for May 31 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine. If the Weenie Roast offers a yearly peek into current rock trends, this year's lineup places a premium on the sort of mainstream pop-rock artists who blur the lines between genres.
Local heroes Foster the People, who emphasize bright electronic atmospheres over guitars, are at the top of a bill that includes light-stepping soul act Fitz & the Tantrums and synth-pop act Phantogram. Other Weenie Roast acts include Bleachers, a project led by Jack Antonoff of Fun., the sunny Capital Cities and alt-rock revivalists Bastille.
Pop-punk veterans Fall Out Boy and the computer-first grooves of the Neighbourhood will also anchor the Weenie Roast. Others booked include the 1975, American Authors, Kongos and Cherub.