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Originally published December 17, 2009 at 3:01 PM | Page modified December 17, 2009 at 5:24 PM

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Jingle Bell Bash is ready to ring, with the All-American Rejects and more

A look-ahead to the Jingle Bell Bash, sponsored by 106.1 KISS FM and loaded up with teen-approved acts such as the All-American Rejects, Cobra Starship, Cash Cash, All Time Low, This Providence and Amber Pacific.

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Concert preview

Jingle Bell Bash

4 p.m. Saturday, WaMu Theater, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $40 (800-745-3000, 866-448-7849 or www.ticketmaster.com).

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If you like your presents wrapped with pop-punk spunk, look to the Jingle Bell Bash for your holiday concert jollies. The 106.1 FM KISS-sponsored concert goes up at WaMu Theater Saturday with a stocking-stuffed bill of 10 peppy, teen-approved acts. Here's the run down:

All-American Rejects

There's nothing rejected about them: This Oklahoma foursome is on top of the polished pop-punk heap, having sold more than 10 million records of bubbly emo-pop goodness. One of the bands to most successfully marry the earnest love-stricken lyrics of the emo set with peppy, guitar chugging, singalong choruses a la Green Day, these headliners likely influenced most of the other bands on the bill.

Cobra Starship

Bring on the keytar. With tongue firmly in cheek, these New York-based goofballs play up their synth dance pop with a healthy dose of arena and glam rock bravado. Case in point: Their video was featured during the credits of "Snakes on a Plane."

Cash Cash

The group's endearingly enthused track "Sugar Rush" is aptly named. Their hook-packed keyboard-fueled pop is like slurping down an Orange Julius at the mall. Sweet, fun and sure to conjure memories of high school.

All Time Low

The Baltimore quartet sounds like they are busting out of the halls of their recently left behind high school. They're chock full of chunky, energetic power chords and Weezer-approved "Oh-Oh-Oh" choruses.

Hey Monday

Let's hear it for the lady of the night. The concert's one female singer, Cassadee Pope, has the perfect blend of gut-wrenching howl and radio-friendly pop soar. It's nearly impossible to not belt along.

Push Play

High-school girls everywhere are swooning over the pop assure romancer "Midnight Romeo." The fresh-faced boy band put a little funky swing to club head-boppers flavored by Franz Ferdinand and The Killers.

The Maine

Lead singer John O'Callaghan delivers well-crafted lyrics with an honest, albeit jittery cadence, that puts a unique stamp on the band's by-the-book pop punk.

We The Kings

With a celebratory enthusiasm, this Florida foursome's songs are packed with soaring vocal hooks and ebullient crashing guitar anthems. Both of their albums overflow with youthful abandon.

This Providence

The Seattle emo-rock quartet brings some hometown pride and likely plenty of the swagger they exude on their three albums. Their latest release, "Who Are You Now," is a rock grab bag, straying into Brit rock, indie and acoustic balladry. But the single "Letdown" is all pop-punk power.

Amber Pacific

As the evening's openers, Federal Way's own delivers unfailing, straight-ahead, bouncy emo pop. It's not surprising they're four-year Warped Tour veterans: They embody the tour's nonstop energy.

Joanna Horowitz: jbohorowitz@gmail.com

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