Photos and videos: Live 105 Not So Silent Night, Dec. 13, 2014

Cage the Elephant

Cage the Elephant performs during Not So Silent Night at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Dec. 13, 2014. Roman Gokhman/STAFF.

The weather behaved and rain took the day off, saving event promoters from worry over attendance on the second night of the two-night event at Oracle Arena. The performances themselves were a bit uneven, but better than I’d predicted going in. The stars of the night were Cage the Elephant, who got the most energetic reaction from the fans on the floor, as well as Alt-J, whose musicality was never in question but had little stage presence in previous Bay Area stops. The improvements in their showmanship were measurable.

Headliners Imagine Dragons (the act that drew me to this show) are about ready to release a sophomore album, but still appeared tired from several years of touring for their debut. Their act felt a bit tired as well, and I think they spent more time playing haunting introductions to their songs than the songs themselves. Still, the one new song performed, “I Bet My Life,” went over really well and temporarily got the band to step outside the rest of their set, which they’d performed ad nauseam for several years.

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