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December 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Imagine Dragons headlines Deck the Hall Ball | Concert preview

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at 107.7 The End.

The long-running alternative-music station, which made its debut in the early ’90s, is gearing up for its annual Deck the Hall Ball, an eight-hour concert marathon Tuesday, Dec. 9, at KeyArena.

The concert features a sleigh full of well-established, chart-topping bands and fast-rising newcomers representing different eras of modern and alternative rock. The lineup includes Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, TV on the Radio, Kongos, Vance Joy and Royal Blood.

When Imagine Dragons performed its new single, “I Bet My Life,” to cheering fans at the recent American Music Awards, the rock band demonstrated the high-energy formula that has propelled it to stardom the past two years. Before releasing its first EP, the indie band was entertaining tourists on the Las Vegas Strip. This year, its single “Radioactive” won a Grammy for best rock performance.

Weezer, by contrast, rose to fame during The End’s early years and could be viewed as a heritage act of alternative radio. Formed in Los Angeles in the early ’90s and led by Rivers Cuomo, Weezer released its ninth studio album, “Everything Will be Alright in the End,” in October. The album is reminiscent of the band’s classic recordings.

cageCage the Elephant also has a new album, “Melophobia,” with the haunting pop single “Cigarette Daydreams.”

Led by dynamic frontman Sameer Gadhia, Young the Giant blends various styles and eras of rock ’n’ roll — from new wave to progressive rock — into a compelling, modern sound. The hit single “Crystallized,” from “Mind Over Matter,” was released last year.

TV on the Radio, formed in 2001, has an eclectic sound influenced by such acts as Prince, Bad Brains, Pixies and even Nancy Sinatra. The band recently released its fifth studio album, “Seeds,” the first since the death of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011. The album’s debut single is the catchy “Happy Idiot”; the humorous video features Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) as a race-car driver.

tv-on-the-radio-2011In February, Rolling Stone named South African-bred Kongos (featuring the sons of singer-songwriter John Kongos) as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.”

Australia’s fast-rising Vance Joy, who tours with Taylor Swift next year, has had two smash singles, “Riptide” and “Mess Is Mine,” from his hot-selling debut, “Dream Your Life Away.”

Completing the lineup is English duo Royal Blood, featuring Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher. Pumping out a powerful blend of blues and garage rock, Royal Blood performed at a slew of rock festivals last summer.

 

Deck the Hall Ball

3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, KeyArena, Seattle Center; $50-$90 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com)

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