The End’s Deck the Hall Ball touts top alt-rock acts

  • By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013 4:18pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

If music is your thing, then a gift is headed your way a little early.

Deck the Hall Ball returns to KeyArena at 3 p.m. Tuesday, as 107.7 The End celebrates the holidays with a strong lineup of bands.

For its annual show, the alt-rock radio station has brought together Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, the Head and the Heart, Alt-J, Artic Monkeys, Lorde, Foals and Chvrches. Every group on the bill has something to boast about.

Vampire Weekend, for instance, topped the charts earlier this year with its third album, “Modern Vampires of the City.”

Phoenix shared a headlining bill with Vampire Weekend at Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer, and also hit No. 4 on the charts with its own new album, “Bankrupt.”

The Head and the Heart have kept Seattle music on the radio, with a string of alt-folk infused hits. The local group is touring now behind its October release, “Let’s Be Still.”

Further down the bill, Lorde has topped the iTunes singles chart with her hit, “Royals.” The track, off her self-assured debut, “Pure Heroine,” became a hit when she was just 16.

The rest of the bill has the same sort of bragging rights. Each has earned some form of hit singles, critical accolades and devoted fans.

Tickets are $67.72 to $98.45 at or 800-745-3000.

Drake also is headed to Seattle, finally making it to the city after rescheduling dates of his current road show, “Would You Like a Tour?”

The rapper was expected to play the Tacoma Dome on Sept. 26, but, due to problems with rehearsals and some technical glitches in the show, things got pushed back. He now plays the venue at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Admittedly, his show does sound impressive. At one point, he uses a catwalk that raises him to the level of the cheap seats, so they can get a closer look at the chart-topping star.

He’s touring now behind his third full-length, “Nothing Was the Same,” which gave the Toronto rapper his third consecutive No. 1 album.

Tickets are $59.36 to $113.72 at or 800-745-3000.

Celtic Thunder, meanwhile, will return to Seattle for a show at McCaw Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The pop vocalists are known for covering a mixture of classic Irish songs and pop ballads. The group has quickly become an institution, releasing its 10th album earlier this year, a mere six years after forming.

Tickets are $70.35 to $86.55 at or 800-745-3000.

In a similar vein, the Tenors are headed to the Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Tuesday with their own holiday tour.

The group, featuring four classical vocalists, are singing music from their Christmas album, “A Perfect Gift.”

On that record, the Tenors tackle some of the season’s most enduring classics, including “O Holy Night,” “Ave Maria” and “O Come Emmanuel.”

Tickets are $31.25 to $71.25 at or 877-784-4849.

And finally, Northwest native Omar Torrez will hit the Triple Door in Seattle at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The guitarist melds Cuban and Mexican influences with his own take on rock to create his distinct sound. He’s touring now behind his new collection, “A Night of Serious Drinking.”

Tickets are $20 at or 206-838-4333.

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