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Listen to the world's biggest artists in conversation with KROQ hosts, recorded live every month in the DTS Sound Space at KROQ! Past guests include Jack White, The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Cold War Kids, Yungblud, Bring Me The Horizon, Dashboard Confessional, and more.

KROQ Sound Space Artist Interviews Audacy

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Listen to the world's biggest artists in conversation with KROQ hosts, recorded live every month in the DTS Sound Space at KROQ! Past guests include Jack White, The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Cold War Kids, Yungblud, Bring Me The Horizon, Dashboard Confessional, and more.

    Imagine Dragons

    Imagine Dragons

    Imagine Dragons joined us for a special performance and interview in the Helpful Honda Sound Space to give fans a preview of their brand new album LOOM, upcoming tour dates, and more.
    With the arrival of their brand new, sixth studio album LOOM, Imagine Dragons dropped by Audacy's KROQ in Los Angeles to give fans a taste of the new record, as well as what to expect from the band on their impending tour which kicks off at the end of July. LOOM is available now.
    Looking back on the band's relationship with KROQ, frontman Dan Reynolds remembers the first time he heard their music played on the radio back in 2012, recalling they were driving from Las Vegas to L.A. to play a show. “We were just getting in range to pick up the station and -- this sounds like such a made-up story, it's so dramatic -- it was fuzzy," he says as their single "It's Time," came through the speakers. "We were just racing as fast as we could to kind of get a better signal to hear it. It was straight out of a movie. We were all just like, ‘This feels too weird.’”
    12 years after their debut, the group just released their sixth studio album, LOOM, and are feeling familiar excitement and relief now that it’s finally been delivered.
    “You know, when you make a record -- you're working on it for over a year, sometimes two years," Reynolds says. "So, we've been sitting with this music for a long time, and it's really hard for us to sit on that. I hate it, I'm always anxious about it, waiting. So we've been counting down the days for a long time… It's a relief and we also are really proud and excited about this record and we hope everybody likes it as much as we do.”
    “You have given me purpose and a place to sing and dance,” Dan stated when announcing the new offering. “You have continually stood by our side now for over a decade. in return we will always be here singing along with you. I always and only hope that it helps you feel less alone. It brings you joy. makes you cry. makes you angry. makes you dance. makes you FEEL something.”
    “I've just spent a lot of my life numb,” he tells us. “I had a hard time expressing myself. That's why I turned to music in the first place -- I found that it was something I could always turn to and feel any emotion. I'm kind of one of those people who doesn't cry for a long time and then when you cry, you just cry really hard in a long time. Or, when you get angry you're really angry because you've been holding it in, and that's really unhealthy. I did that for a long time,” he admits.
    “Now I'm just angry all the time, I cry all the time,” he laughs. “But only a little bit angry,” bassist Ben McGee adds.
    Guitarist Wayne Sermon says of the new record, “The album cover itself, you don't even know if it's necessarily a sunrise or a sunset… The word ‘Loom,’ it can be a positive or negative connotation just depending on what's going on. I think one thing that looms over every single person through their life is, you're guaranteed to have relationships with other humans, with other people. To me, we always do like the sort of diagnosis after an album's out. I don't want to speak for Dan, but I'm not sure even he knows what the album is about until it's done. So for me, this was an album purely based on relationships, whether it's to us personally… or just, you know, writ large. It’s a pure relationship album, to me.”
    “To us, that is the most important thing to know. That there are people around the world that we've connected with, we've really grown up with, you know? We've been through sad times, hard times, multiple heartbreaks,” Dan explains, “and to know that people still wanna come out and celebrate that. I think anybody who's been to a Dragons show has hopefully felt that honesty and that sense of community. It's a different experience than other shows and we're really proud of that. It's because it's just honest, for better or for worse, it's alwa

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    311

    311

    311 joined host Nicole Alvarez for a special interview and performance recorded live at the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ in Los Angeles giving fans a preview of what the band has in store on their upcoming Unity Tour.
    “You can't spell community without unity… So we keep a spirit of love and we have to be ready to communicate openly,” frontman Nick Hexum says of the group's longevity. “We're very grateful to get to do this,” he adds now approaching 34 years as a band. “We know we're very lucky. We keep an attitude of gratitude and just appreciate these wonderful fans.”
    Getting into the band’s brand new single “You're Gonna Get It,” Hexum explains, “For my portion of the lyrics, putting myself in the mindset that we had back in like 1990… just when you're young and dumb, and feeling indestructible. For example, when we would play trashcan bowling with Chad's Buick Monte Carlo and crash into trash cans. Just stuff like that.”
    311 will be touring this summer beginning on July 20 in Cincinnati, OH with AWOLNATION and Neon Trees as opening support. Tickets and VIP Meet & Greet packages are available now. Take a look at the full list of scheduled dates below.
    311 2024 Tour Dates:
    July 20 l Cincinnati, OHJuly 21 l Chicago, ILJuly 23 l Indianapolis, INJuly 24 l Huber Heights, OHJuly 26 l Interlochen, MIJuly 27 l Sterling Heights, MIJuly 28 l Cleveland, OHJuly 31 l Niagara Falls, ONAugust 2 l Scranton, PAAugust 3 l Bridgeport, CTAugust 4 l Columbia, MDAugust 6 l Gilford, NHAugust 7 l Boston, MAAugust 9 l Outer Banks, NCAugust 10 l Raleigh, NCAugust 11 l Charlotte, NCAugust 13 l North Charleston, SCAugust 14 l Atlanta, GAAugust 15 l Albertville, ALAugust 17 l St. Augustine, FLAugust 18 l Tampa, FLAugust 20 l Houston, TXAugust 21 l Austin, TXAugust 22 l Grand Prairie, TXAugust 24 l Phoenix, AZAugust 25 l San Diego, CAAugust 27 l Costa Mesa, CAAugust 29 l Bend, ORAugust 30 l Troutdale, ORAugust 31 l Redmond, WA
    Listen to Nicole's full interview with 311 above and stay tuned for more conversations with your favorite artists right here on Audacy.
    Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Nicole Alvarez

    • 14 min
    Cage The Elephant

    Cage The Elephant

    Check out a special interview with Cage The Elephant, recorded live at the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ in Los Angeles.
    Before taking to the stage for a blistering set, Cage The Elephant sat down for an interview with hosts Klein and Ally to discuss the release of their brand-new offering, Neon Pill -- the band’s sixth studio album and first collection of original songs since 2019’s Social Cues.
    Talking about the album’s lead title single which arrived earlier this year, Matt and Brad opened up about including the very personal track on the project. “I mean, it was undeniably part of my life and part of the story of this past five years,” Matt expressed. “I was prescribed a medication and unknowingly slipped into psychosis and it was terrifying and terrible.”
    He continued, “And I think while we were writing some of the songs before I was even ready to deal with that stuff to confront it full on, I was already kind of working it out internally and that was one of the first songs that was written. And so it felt like the right move to make that the title track, you know, I mean, it's a miracle that I got through all of that stuff. And here today, very, very thankful.”
    Answering Klein’s curiosity on whether they think Neon Pill “is the best album to date,” the duo agreed that they don’t look at it that way, but rather, “it’s a record that kind of embodies all of the different kind of phases that we've gone through.”
    “There's a great Paul McCartney quote and he said, ‘you can't beat your previous work, you can just move in a different direction.’" Matt added.
    Catch Cage The Elephant on tour with Young the Giant and Bakar this summer as they make stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC, and more -- including a few festivals thrown in for good measure, such as Bonnaroo and Oceans Calling. Tickets are on sale now -- take a look at their full itinerary below.
    Cage The Elephant 2024 Neon Pill tour dates:June 20 – West Valley City, UT at Utah First Credit Union Amph.^June 22 – Seattle, WA at Climate Pledge Arena^June 23 – Ridgefield, WA at RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater^June 24 – Bend, OR at Hayden Homes Amphitheater^June 26 – Vancouver, BC at Rogers Arena^June 28 – Edmonton, AB at Rogers Place^June 30 – Spokane, WA at BECU Live at Northern Quest^July 2 – San Francisco, CA at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium*July 3 – Santa Barbara, CA at Santa Barbara Bowl^~July 5 – Phoenix, AZ at Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre^July 6 – San Diego, CA at Viejas Arena^July 7 – Los Angeles, CA at Kia Forum^July 9 – Albuquerque, NM at Isleta Amphitheater^July 11 – Austin, TX at Moody Center^July 12 – Houston, TX at The CWM Pavilion presented by Huntsman^July 13 – Fort Worth, TX at Dickies Arena^July 15 – Rogers, AR at Walmart AMP^Aug 2 – Alpharetta, GA at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*Aug 3 – Raleigh, NC at Coastal CU Music Park at Walnut Creek^Aug 4 – Charlotte, NC at PNC Music Pavilion*Aug 7 – Noblesville, IN at Ruoff Music Center^Aug 8 – Madison, WI at Breese Stevens Field^Aug 10 – Winnipeg, MB at Canada Life Centre^Aug 12 – Minneapolis, MN at Target Center^Aug 14 – Chicago, IL at Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC^Aug 16 – Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena^Aug 18 – Saratoga Springs, NY at Broadview Stage at SPAC^Aug 19 – Bridgeport, CT at Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater^Aug 21 – Gilford, NH at BankNH Pavilion^Aug 22 – Mansfield, MA at Xfinity Center*Aug 24 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center^Aug 26 – Montreal, QC at Centre Bell^Aug 27 – Toronto, ON at Budweiser Stage^Aug 29 – Burgettstown, PA at The Pavilion at Star Lake^Aug 30 – Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center^Sept 5 – New York, NY at Madison Square Garden^Sept 6 – Philadelphia, PA at TD Pavilion at the Mann^Sept 7 – Lewiston, NY at Artpark Mainstage Theater^Sept 9 – Cleveland, OH at Blossom Music Center^Sept 10 – Detroit, MI at Pine Knob Music The

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    Cannons

    Cannons

    Joining host Kevan Kenney at KROQ in Los Angeles -- what could be considered their second home at this point -- Ryan Clapham, Michelle Joy, and Paul Davis of Cannons took over the Helpful Honda Sound Space for an intimate performance and interview just as their 2019 single “Fire For Fou” reached Platinum status.
    “It's really exciting,” Michelle says of the news. “It was kind of a funny story, right?” adds Ryan, “because we didn't really know at first.” Michelle explains, “We didn't know for a little while, but it was really exciting. I mean, ‘Fire For You’ changed our lives and just makes us really happy to know that the fire keeps on burning.”
    Keeping true to the sonic and aesthetic universe the band has created, they recently dropped their moody music video for their new single, “Sweeter.” 
    “We like to make mood boards for everything,” Michelle says, “and I feel like, for every music video we'll discuss what kind of visuals we're into at the moment, what movies we're watching, what kind of colors, what kind of things we feel represent Cannons and tie those into the music, the visuals and just try and create a world that does feel cohesive and that makes us feel like it's a nice escape that's beautiful and fun to enter.”
    Cannons are currently on tour with U.S. dates scheduled for this summer and fall. Don't miss Kevan Kenney's full interview with Cannons above, and stay tuned for even more action from the Sound Space right here on Audacy.
    Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Kevan Kenney

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    The Black Keys

    The Black Keys

    The Black Keys joined host Nicole Alvarez live from the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ in Los Angeles for a special interview and performance, talking about their brand new album, Ohio Players, and giving a taste of what's to come on their International Players Tour kicking off in September.
    The Black Keys just dropped their 12th studio album, Ohio Players -- featuring the previously revealed single "Beautiful People (Stay High)" and more -- on April 5 via Nonesuch Records. Just before the release, Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach gave some lucky fans at KROQ an exclusive preview of the record and spoke candidly about their early days together, making the new album with a who's-who list of collaborators, and more.
    Since Dan and Patrick have known each other for most of their lives, Nicole started off the conversation by showing off a few photos of the duo when they were younger. “The first time I met Dan, it was like, right when I moved to the neighborhood,” Patrick remembers. “It was dusk and all the kids were riding bikes. I had grown up in a neighborhood where it was just like, really old people who just yell at us all the time. So, it felt like I had moved into the Goonies’ neighborhood. They kind of had all the characters; I'm not sure which one I was, but there's definitely a Chunk and all that.”
    “I mostly remember his older brother Will, because he was a train enthusiast,” says Dan about his first impressions of Pat. “He was the local eccentric kid,” Patrick says of his brother. “You would focus on Will,” Dan adds. “You wouldn't see Pat or his brother, Michael.”
    Diving into their new album, Ohio Players, which features collaborations with Beck, Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, Juicy J from Three-Six Mafia, and more, “on the last album we started to dip our toes into collaborating with people, which we really hadn't done much of… like when we worked with Danger Mouse on a record, it was just him and the two of us. So, it was only in the last couple of years that we actually felt comfortable, I guess being in the studio with other people creating stuff from scratch. Once we broke through that barrier, and we needed to start this new record, we thought we’d dig into the Rolodex a little deeper.”
    “The first person we thought of was Beck because he was someone who helped us out very early on, took us on tour very early,” he continues. “He always talked about making some music with us and it, we'd never gotten around to doing it. So we reached out to him and that kind of got the ball rolling -- and it was that spirit of collaboration that we carried on making the record.”
    “I think the only thing that you need to know is that we've been doing this for a long time,” Patrick says, “and I think we just really figured out how to really enjoy it seriously. This is a product of us working harder than we ever have, but having more fun than we ever have.”
    “We got to this collection of songs, they all work together and it is different than anything we've made," he explains, "and it was really hard to pick the first couple of songs that got shared. So, I feel like people really don't have a concept of what the album sounds like yet. ‘Beautiful People’ is, by far, the most kind of ‘mainstream’ thing on the album… I'm excited for people to hear the whole thing.”
    Tickets for The Black Keys' International Players Tour are on sale now. 
    Don't miss The Black Keys' full interview and performance above -- and stay tuned for even more action from the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ right here on Audacy.
    Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Nicole Alvarez

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    Chicano Batman

    Chicano Batman

    Chicano Batman joined host Canyon Cody for a special interview and performance, giving fans details on their 2024 album Notebook Fantasy and upcoming tour, live from the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ in Los Angeles.
    Kicking off Alternalido this past Sunday (3/31), Carlos Arévalo, Bardo Martinez, and Eduardo Arenas of Chicano Batman previewed a few songs from their new album Notebook Fantasy and sat down with host Canyon Cody to discuss the release and much more.
    After working, as he feels, harder than anyone else over the course of the pandemic and exhausting every socially distant angle they could, Eduardo tells us there's nothing that matches the feeling of “getting live in a room with people… you can't replace it.”
    “We record all our music live,” he adds. “’Notebook Fantasy,’ this new record, we did all that live (and we do overdub), but it's what happens in the room. That is the magic that you can't replace.”
    Offering some advice for rising artists, Eduardo says, “If you have something compelling to say or play or art or anything or display, go do that and keep doing that, and don't rely on anybody else on the outside to give you that confidence to keep doing that. It's hard when you depend on other people to like you to upgrade your art. You gotta like yourself… put the blinds on, just do it ‘cause you like it. It really pays off.”
    “Nobody's gonna feel you unless you feel what you're doing,” adds Bardo. "For me, Chicano Batman was always about doing what I was feeling inside… the words on the paper, this is my experience that I'm writing. I would say, just really dig into yourself. Cheesy but hey, f*** it!”
    The band will hit the road this year in support of Notebook Fantasy, with U.S. tour dates kicking off on April 19 at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, making stops in major cities across the country through the end of June.
    Don't miss Chicano Batman's full interview above, and stay tuned for even more action from the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ right here on Audacy.
    Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Canyon Cody

    • 15 min

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