Rock ‘n’ Roll Wish List

KJEE’s Winter RoundUp, with Timmy Curran, 30 Seconds to Mars, Angels and Airwaves, and Jet. At the Arlington Theatre, Monday, December 11.

Reviewed by Levi Michaels

KJEE-Jet.jpgFor KJEE fans accustomed to the Summer RoundUp at the Bowl, perhaps the Arlington Theatre seemed a strange place for a rock show. Until, of course, Angels and Airwaves, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Jet took the stage and shook hands with the theatrical side of rock.

Following a warm-up set by local favorite Timmy Curran, Los Angeles alt-rockers 30 Seconds to Mars earned the curiosity of the crowd by taking the stage to the symphonic score of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, “Duel of the Fates.” But with Hollywood actor Jared Leto at the helm, the theatrics were less than surprising, and the set—mostly songs from the band’s most recent album A Beautiful Lie—proved truly kinetic.

Next up was Angels and Airwaves, whose epic alt-rock took the theatrics to new heights. Comprised of former Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge and the former instrumentalists of Box Car Racer, Angels and Airwaves debuted on the scene in May with We Don’t Need to Whisper. Sounding that epic through headphones, you’re bound to set the bar pretty high for yourself onstage, but these guys seemed to manage. DeLonge led the crowd through the best the album has to offer, including “The Adventure,” “Distraction,” and “Valkyrie Missile.” Between songs, DeLonge paused intermittently to talk to the crowd, often sounding more like a visionary than a rocker. The quartet left the crowd with a lecture on being themselves, then took off.

Finishing off the night was Australian-natives Oasis … er, I mean, Jet. Showmanship and theatrical ability are all well and good, but at the end of the day, good classic rock is what takes home the prize. Fortunately, Jet had both. The singles seemed to be enough to get the crowd moving, including “Rollover D.J.,” “Cold Hard Bitch,” and “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.” Pushing 11 p.m., the crowd was a bit enervated, and by the time Jet closed with “Get Me Outta Here,” the audience seemed to be thinking the same thing. Regardless, KJEE has earned a place on Santa’s “nice” list by bringing some much-needed noise to town. Please, for our sake, keep up the good work.

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