The annual CD102.5 holiday show, which, per usual, sold out long in advance, features a smattering of indie-rock bands that have dominated the local radio station's airwaves much of 2014, including Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Future Islands and Glass Animals.

The annual CD102.5 holiday show, which, per usual, sold out long in advance, features a smattering of indie-rock bands that have dominated the local radio station’s airwaves much of 2014, including Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Future Islands and Glass Animals.

Cage the Elephant, which delivered a spastic, high-energy opening set when the Black Keys visited the Schottenstein Center earlier this year, is deserving of its headliner status based on the strength of last year’s Melophobia, an album built around warped garage-punk nuggets like “Take It Or Leave It,” which stakes out the middle ground between the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa and the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

Don’t sleep on Alt-J, though. The English art-rock crew, which landed the 2012 Mercury Prize for its debut album An Awesome Wave, managed to dodge the sophomore slump with this year’s This Is All Yours, a more playful, personable effort that finds the bandmates sloughing off all those “next Radiohead” comparisons and coming comfortably into its own.

Photo courtesy of Cage the Elephant