A note from Pop & Hiss writer
Jared Leto's English teacher should be proud. At KROQ's Weenie Roast on Saturday, the Thirty Seconds to Mars singer managed to use one particular profanity as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, conjunction, interjection and a few more that defy sentence diagramming.
Jared, Jared. Country Joe McDonald did it first at Woodstock in 1969. It was truly shocking back then. I wasn't actually there (I was 16) but I did buy the vinyl and dreamed I was the hippie chick on the cover. No small feat at the University of South Carolina in 1970. Word to 30 Seconds to Mars -- don't try so hard. Really.
This is my second "Mom-entary" for the Los Angeles Times. Back in 2009, August convinced his editor that despite my missing-in-action thesis for an M.A. in journalism, I could create a new genre of pop music criticism and squired me to Power 106-FM's Powerhouse in 2009. Jay-Z used bad words at that event, too, but somehow when they are used in context, instead of ho-hum naughtiness, they really pack a punch. So when the KROQ Weenie Roast 2013 coincided with my accumulation of enough frequent flyer points to hit the left coast, I jumped at the chance.
Now, skipping to Of Monsters and Men. This is a group you could take home for Thanksgiving dinner. Singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir is an amazing talent, yet I can totally hear her saying: "Please Mum, could 'ya pass the hangikjöt?"
I recognized “Little Talks” immediately. Whenever I’m feeling particularly subversive, I ditch my
A few thoughts on Vampire Weekend: To VW's guitarist, you looked just like August's college roommate, in Southern pink pants and a sweat-soaked, blue oxford button-down shirt. When you get to be part of Vampire Weekend, I hope you get free dry cleaning.
Stone Temple Pilots -- surprise! -- were pilotless for this show, but the Linkin Park singer-guy had some nice tats, red shoes and a pair of circular blue earrings that
Black Keys, I’m so sorry. I do like your music, I saw you pick up your Grammys, have been to Akron and sure wish you’d played earlier in the day. Had to make a decision: finish