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October 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

alt-J’s pop with an edge | Concert preview

“This Is All Yours,” the new LP from the British industrial-rock act alt-j, is the latest reminder that pop music need not be sweet. It can be abrasive and haunting, even nasty. Alt-j has a deep war chest that includes heavy-handed guitar riffs, militant drum cadences, large helpings of metal and plenty of soul. The…

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December 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Vampire Weekend and others offer spirited sets at Deck the Hall Ball | Concert review

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

It was cold, crisp and clear Tuesday afternoon as concertgoers lined up outside KeyArena for Deck the Hall Ball. But indoors it was snowing.

The snow was fake, or course, and confined to a giant video screen. But the flurries were just enough to lend a holiday vibe to 107.7 The End’s annual year-end concert, which featured such hot alternative-rock acts as Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Alt-J and Seattle’s new-folk darlings, The Head and the Heart.

Seattle station KNDD has been staging its Deck the Hall Ball for more than 20 years as a well-stocked concert marathon for faithful listeners. This year’s holiday-themed concert also provided bands with a chance to thank the station, as well as fans, for their support.

The thank-yous came in the form of tight, spirited sets showcasing the bands’ best music. There were no shoe-gazers in this energetic lineup.

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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.

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September 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Vampire Weekend, Phoenix and the Head and the Heart to headline Deck the Hall Ball

  The Head and the Heart. Photo by Jim Bates / THE SEATTLE TIMES. Deck the Hall Ball will feature Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, The Head and The Heart, Alt J, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Foals and Tame Impala. The annual holiday show put on by Seattle’s 107.7 the End takes place at KeyArena…

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