Text by Erykah Del Mundo
Photos by Paula Tripodi
The ALTimateXmas Rooftop Party at the W Hollywood was a musical Christmas celebration from ALT 98.7 FM that blew everyone away. The chic pool area, the bar under the stars, the energetic red carpet and the stage encapsulated the charm, nippiness and melody of this stylish and spirited celebration. The line up of the night was J. Roddy Walston & The Business, MS MR, The Airborne Toxic, Alt-J, AWOLNATION, Silversun Pickups and the definite crowd pleaser The National, who is on the run for the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy Award for Trouble Will Find Me.
AWOLNATION gave an intimate show with a distinctive vibe. The band’s frontman Aaron Bruno, who always performs with letters A & N in the back of his palms, was loving every word that came out of his mouth. The band even openhandedly played a bonus track for their fans. Finally, we were serenaded with Sail, their top billing song. The ambiance became ecstatic when the people joined and sang along.
Silversun Pickups took the platform as Nikki Monninger (who looked fantastic after recently giving birth to twin baby girls) walked in from the crowded area to the stage. Soon both Brian Aubert and Nikki were a triumph on the stand, entertaining the audience with swift exchanges of acoustic guitar and bass skills that were quite phenomenal to watch. The night proceeded with exquisiteness specially when Brian sang Lazy Eye. His breathtaking vocal range is truly exceptional.
The Radio Station had a surprise Musical Guest announced before the headline band, The National. Rock n’ Roll legend Joan Jett and the Blackhearts made the crowd go wild. Joan was fruitfully enthusiastic, when she completed the run of Little Drummer Boy the aroma of the joyful season sank in with the crowd.
Once The National stepped on the stage playing "Don't Swallow the Cap" the place was transported to a serener and mellower epic setting. Not only one of the best dressed bands today, but also intensely charismatic and eclectic, the band members carried the truthful attitude that is also encountered upon their lyrics. Their line up of songs included hits such as "Blood Buzz," "Sea of Love," "I Need My Girl," "Graceless," "Fake Empire," "Mr November" and "Terrible Love," which closed their set with Berninger walking through the crowd, his ultimate signature. Repeating “It takes an Ocean not to Break” and singing “It's quite a company. It's quiet company.”
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