Live Tonight: Deck The Hall Ball, Anna Oxygen, Ed Kowalczyk

Anna Oxygen A product of the early-’00s experimental-pop boomlet in Olympia that also gave us Tracy and the Plastics, Mirah, Mt. Eerie, and The Blow, Anna Oxygen made her mark with aerobics performances set to her lo-fi synth pop. Since moving to L.A. a few years back, she’s maintained a low profile as a musician (her last release was 2006’s This Is an Exercise). It’s not clear what she’ll bring to the stage tonight, but it should be memorable. With S, Childbirth. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $8. MSB

Danielia Cotton There is such a natural grit to this New Jersey–born singer’s voice; whether she’s singing over pedal-to-the-metal rock riffs or taking things a bit slower on a bluesy tune, the attitude and emotion in it is immediately apparent. Her latest album, 2012’s The Gun in Your Hand, is a solid mix of Cotton’s two sides. With Jonny Marnell. El Corazon. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. ACP

Deck the Hall Ball In what is perhaps its most globally diverse lineup yet, 107.7 The End is back with another Deck the Hall Ball, now in its 22nd year. Scottish synth-poppers CHVRCHES (filling in for Tame Impala) will kick off the event. The first of three English bands, Foals, an indie-rock quintet from Oxford, will play next; followed by everyone’s favorite alt-pop princess, New Zealand’s Lorde, playing her second Seattle show this year (following a sold-out set at September’s Decibel Festival). Sheffield, England–based indie rockers Arctic Monkeys will play songs from their latest album, September’s AM, before fellow Brits (and Mercury Prize winners) Alt-J take the stage. Hometown heroes The Head and the Heart (whose latest album, Let’s Be Still, has received rave reviews since its October release) and French alt-rock quartet Phoenix will take the stage as well. New York’s Vampire Weekend round out the night with jams from its latest, Modern Vampires of the City. Whew! Better bring your dancing shoes. KeyArena. 3 p.m. $68 and up. All ages. ACP

Escondido This Nashville-based duo just released its debut, The Ghost of Escondido, in a town known for cranking out music at each end of the sonic spectrum: pop country and indie rock. They land somewhere in between. Escondido’s confluence of shoegazey reverb, singsongy vocals, and vaguely country tones is as much indie-pop as it is Americana. To put it another way, if you like Mazzy Star, Calexico, Bright Black Morning Light, Lana Del Rey, and the films of Sergio Leone, this band’s for you. With James Apollo, Grant Geertsma. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $10. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Ed Kowalczyk Although his former band members don’t want you to know it, Kowalczyk was the lead singer of Live. They parted ways in 2009, leaving him to pursue his personal vision. Since then, he’s released two solo albums; his second, The Flood and the Mercy, appeared in September. The “I Alone Acoustic” tour obviously recalls the title of one of Live’s big hits—and on this tour, Kowalczyk is performing songs that span his catalog—but his solo material is more introspective and varied (for better or worse) than his work with Live. His voice has lost some of its rasp and is much smoother now, and he’s been collaborating with a wide variety of musicians—most notably R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, who played on half of Mercy. It will be interesting to see how some of his grunge anthems translate to a more intimate acoustic setting. With Callaghan. The Triple Door. 7:30 p.m. $35/$40/$45VIP DOS. MFB

 
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