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A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

November 29, 2013 at 5:17 AM

Deck the Hall Ball brings joy from whole world | Concert preview

(Jim Bates/The Seattle Times)

The Head and the Heart (Jim Bates/The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s longest-running alternative-rock station — 107.7 The End — has been putting on big holiday concerts for more than 20 years, showcasing a who’s who of modern rock.

The station’s 21st annual Deck the Hall Ball features perhaps the most international lineup in the event’s history with Vampire Weekend (New York); Phoenix (France); The Head and the Heart (Seattle); Alt J, Arctic Monkeys and Foals (England); Lorde (New Zealand) and Chvrches (Scotland). Chvrches replaces Tame Impala of Australia.

Vampire Weekend is touring in support of its current album, “Modern Vampires of the City” (XL), released in May and quickly embraced by fans. Popular Seattle indie folk-rock band The Head and the Heart is earning raves for its current album, “Let’s Be Still” (Sub Pop).

Alt J combines folk, hip-hop, pop and other styles. Post-punk-revival band Arctic Monkeys emerged through fan-based sites, helping to change the way bands are discovered and promoted.

Auckland-based singer-songwriter Lorde performs compelling, lyrically sophisticated songs about teenage life. Foals recently released its first DVD, “Live at the Royal Albert Hall.” And Glasgow-based synth-pop band Chvrches came in fifth on the BBC’s “Sound of 2013” list of top new talent.

Deck the Hall Ball

3 p.m. Tuesday, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle Center; $47.70-$77.50 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).

Comments | More in Americana, Dance, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alt J, Arctic Monkeys, Chvrches

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