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Originally published Friday, December 5, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Crank it up! Radio stations host holiday concerts

Upcoming radio-station-sponsored holiday concerts in Seattle include the 107.7 The End's Deck the Hall Ball (Dec. 9), 99.9 KISW Holiday Hangover Ball (Dec. 12), KEXP Yule Benefit Show (Dec. 12 and 13) and 103.7 The Mountain's Winter Warmth Concert (Dec. 13).

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Concert previews

107.7 The End's Deck the Hall Ball

The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Cold War Kids, Shiny Toy Guns, Aqueduct, 6 p.m. Tuesday, WaMu Theater at Qwest Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $42.50 (206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com or www.aeglive.com; information, 206-381-7566 or www.wamutheater.com).

99.9 KISW Holiday Hangover Ball

Saliva, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Jet Black Stare, 7 p.m. next Friday, Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $30 (206-628-0888 or www.ticketmaster.com; information, 206-628-0221 or www.showboxonline.com).

KEXP Yule Benefit Show

Grand Archives, Shearwater, the Dutchess and the Duke, 9 p.m. next Friday; and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Shearwater, Cancer Rising, 9 p.m. Dec. 13; both nights at Neumo's, 925 Pike St., Seattle; $15 per night/$25 for both nights (206-632-TIXX or www.ticketswest.com; information, 206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com).

103.7 The Mountain's Winter Warmth Concert

The Pretenders, Ingrid Michaelson, Matt Nathanson, Augustana, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Paramount Theater, Seattle; $45-$65 (206-628-0888 or www.ticketmaster.com; information, 206-467-5510 or www.theparamount.com).

Radio music comes alive this time of year, when radio stations traditionally present festive concerts as holiday treats for their listeners.

The tradition began in the late '70s, when record labels would underwrite such shows, to hype their artists and reward stations for their support. The labels can't afford to do that anymore, but the tradition continues — only without the bargain ticket prices.

106.1 KISS-FM kicked off the annual tradition Thursday night with the sold-out Jingle Bell Bash at the Paramount, starring Fall Out Boy.

107.7 The End has a killer lineup for its Deck the Hall Ball on Tuesday night at WaMu Theater. The marathon show, which starts at 6 p.m., is headlined by the Killers, just as the flamboyant, arena-rock band is enjoying spectacular success with its third studio album, "Day & Age," which sold more than a million copies worldwide in its first week of release last week. It debuted this week at No. 6 in Billboard.

The show, one of few the band is doing before launching a world tour Jan. 17, will almost certainly include the Killer's new Christmas single, "Joseph, Better You Than Me," which features guest artists Elton John and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, available from the Web site (RED)WIRE (www.redwire.com), with proceeds going to AIDS-prevention programs.

Also on the bill are local heroes Death Cab for Cutie, along with young-and-hungry bands Cold War Kids, Shiny Toy Guns and Aqueduct.

KISW-FM (99.9), in keeping with its twisted, hard-rock image, is going louche with its "Holiday Hangover Ball," next Friday at the Showbox SoDo. It features the sweetly named Saliva; former Guns N' Roses member (and local boy) Duff McKagan's band, Loaded; and Jet Black Stare. Do not go expecting to hear any Christmas carols. Do go expecting to bang your head.

Have fun, and support listener-sponsored radio and local bands, at KEXP-FM's (90.3) two-pronged Yule Benefit Show next Friday and Dec. 13 at Neumo's. Next Friday's show stars Grand Archives, and the Dec. 13 show is headlined by Thao with the Get Down Stay Down.

The Pretenders, fronted by the great Chrissie Hynde, are the main attraction at 107.7 The Mountain's annual Winter Warmth Concert, Dec. 13 at the Paramount. In keeping with the holiday spirit, one hopes the band will play cuts from its new iTunes "Holiday" EP, featuring "2000 Miles" and "Blue Christmas." In October, the Pretenders released their first studio album in six years, "Break Up the Concrete."

Also on the bill is Ingrid Michaelson — whose new holiday tunes are "Snowfall" (an iTunes exclusive) and "When the Leaves" (an Amazon exclusive) — along with Matt Nathanson and the band Augustana.

Patrick MacDonald: 206-464-2312 or pmacdonald@seattletimes.com

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