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December 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Imagine Dragons, TV on the Radio rock Deck the Hall Ball | Concert review

Boasting a lineup of hitmakers from the current rock charts, 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball offered a rich musical feast Tuesday at KeyArena.

The eight-hour marathon opened promptly at 3 p.m. with newcomers Royal Blood and Vance Joy (from England and Australia, respectively), followed by Kongos, TV on the Radio, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, Weezer and Imagine Dragons.

Aside from snowflakes on a video screen — and a jolly fellow dressed as Santa — there was little to remind concertgoers that Christmas was only two weeks away.

Imagine Dragons, the Grammy-winning Las Vegas band known for the singles “Radioactive,” “Hear Me,” “It’s Time” and “I Bet My Life,” played the finale. Opening with “Fallen,” the band performed with marching-band precision, but indulged in excessive guitar and drum solos.

Singer Dan Reynolds noted that the band performed its first Seattle show at The Crocodile and was now sharing a bill with groups it greatly admired.

“We’re not taking (our success) for granted,” Reynolds said before announcing that band members had listened to the final mix of its new album backstage.


Rivers Cuomo, pictured here at Bumbershoot, performed at the Deck the Hall Ball (Genevieve Alvarez)

More representative of The End’s heritage as an alternative rock station was Weezer, the ’90s band led by Rivers Cuomo. The set featuring songs from the new album, “Everything Will Be Alright in the End,” inspired spirited singalongs and aerobics-style dancing.

Weezer introduced its catchy new single, “da Vinci,” and made the crowd swoon with “Islands in the Sun.” Cuomo invited Seattle singer Hollis Wong-Wear (who sang on Macklemore’s “White Walls” and produced his “Thrift Shop” video) to the stage for a wonderful duet of the retro-style pop song “Go Away.”

Cage the Elephant (with a new album, “Melophobia” and single “Cigarette Daydreams”) and Young the Giant (performing “Crystallized” and other songs from “Mind Over Matter”) brought mid-show magic to the show.

TV on the Radio, the only band of color in the lineup, offered an eclectic blend of musical styles inspired by such artists as the Pixies, Brian Eno and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Kongos’ boisterous set featured the band’s next single, “I Want to Know,” and a raucous rap version of the Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Vance Joy, who worked with Bear Creek Studio producer Ryan Hadlock (of Lumineers fame) on his new album, “Dream Your Life Away,” offered a semi-acoustic set of romantic ballads, notably “Riptide” (featuring ukulele) and “Mess Is Mine.”

English duo Royal Blood opened with a thundering set that recalled the hard-rocking Soundgarden.

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