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Prepare to Get Wrex-ed

Cage the Elephant, Interpol, Alt-J top Wrex the Halls lineup



    Ready to get Wrex-ed, San Diego? Once again, music fans will have the chance to celebrate Xmas a little early: The annual 91x Wrex the Halls one-day music jamboree is set to take over Valley View Casino Center on Friday, Dec. 12, with Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Interpol, Billy Idol, Spoon and Banks -- as well as a local band to be announced at a later date.

    All of those bands are headliners in their own right, but on the second Friday in December, they’ll come together on one of the best top-to-bottom musical lineups in recent memory. Luckily for us, tickets won’t break the bank, either. Upper bowl seats are $39.91, while lower bowl (and floor tickets) are $49.91, respectively, plus service fees. The station also takes loyalty seriously, offering an Internet ticket pre-sale to listeners starting Monday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m.

    It seems as though Alt-J and Cage the Elephant didn’t get their fill after last year’s Wrex, since they’re set to make return appearances. All in all, this year promises to be a diverse show -- and we’re not the only ones excited about it.

    According to music director Robin Roth, 91x simply wanted the best of the best: "Cage the Elephant are always a crowd favorite, as is Spoon. Interpol's last show in San Diego sold out so quickly -- can't wait for them to come back. Alt-J will be making their way back to town after a sold-out show this month. There's a huge buzz on Banks right now, and Billy Idol is such a legend. Plus, he's got a brand new album dropping on Oct. 21 and just released his autobiography, 'Dancing With Myself.' "

    Indeed, fans have been waiting for these artists to return to San Diego. Indie-rock stalwarts Spoon, who just released their fifth studio album, "They Want My Soul," opened for Arcade Fire back in July. Similarly, we can't get enough of the post-rock anthems of Interpol -- as Roth pointed out, they  played to a sold-out House of Blues crowd in September -- but extra Interpol is always a bonus. Frankly, any time we're able to answer their "How are things on the West Coast?" query (from 2007's "The Heinrich Manuever") with, "Great -- now that we get to see you in concert again!" makes us feel pretty darn giddy inside.

    And we've got to give credit where credit is due: Kudos to 91x for bringing alt-R&B songstress Banks to town. When the sultry electro chanteuse dropped her excellent debut album, "Goddess" last month, we were admittedly devastated that she hadn't carved out a San Diego date in her tour itinerary. But 91x has us thanking our lucky stars -- and we’ll be sure to buy their crew a round next time we see ‘em.

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