To the leader, the pariah, the victim, the messiah…

Today, Internet and friends, I was witness to an epic BATTLE ROYALE betwixt two awesome bands.  Both fought admirably, each proving time and again exactly why *they* should be the Victor.  Below, I have conveniently provided a first-hand, eye-witness account of the battle field.


Thirty Seconds to Mars VS. Again & Again

“The Battle for domination of Ali’s iPod.”

Our opponents:

Thirty Seconds to Mars Helmed by lead singer and guitarist (and future BFF of Ali) Jared Leto with Shannon Leto on drums, and guitarist Tomo Milicevic . 

Pros:  Helmed by Jared Leto.  Highly successful international band with a HUGE fan base that spans continents.  Cool glyphs representing the band name and their fans, the Echelon.  Helmed by Jared Leto.

Cons:  They have yet to retweet me.

Again & Again Comprised of Dutch IV – guitar, Geoffrey – lead singer, XWesX – drums, and Derek –  guitar.  (Thanks for the help guys!)

Pros:  They hail from the Pacific Northwest which is well-known for its kickin’ music scene.  Their fan base continues to just grow and grow and GROW.  Cool bear graphic on their latest album, Get More Gritty.  Cool horse graphic on their EP.  Also?  They retweet me.

Cons:  Less extensive album repertoire.  I expect this will be remedied shortly due to their being AWESOME.

The Mediators:  U2, Brandon Flowers, Ke$ha

The playing field:  My iPod, duh.

The prize:  My undying devotion?  A pack of bubblegum?  Continued cyberstalking by moi?  Only the victor will know for sure.



Prior to the bell to signal Round One, A&A launch out of the gate with “Get More Gritty” letting 30STM know they’re more than ready for this bloodbath.


(Mediator U2)

Responding to A&A’s preemptive battle cry, 30STM responds with an epic offensive smackdown.  Immediately, we know they’re the Kings & Queens of promise, maybe even children of a lesser god.  No matter the odds (a thousand to one and a million to two) they’re ready for any revolution with an attack from yesterday.  (I had to deduct a point for cheating, though.  They admit on his face is a map of the world.) 

 “Kings & Queens” 30STM

“Kings & Queens” 30STM  (operator error allowed for a duplicate listing of this one, oops…)

“Closer to the Edge” 30STM

“R-Evolve” 30STM

“Attack” 30STM

“From Yesterday” 30STM

Round One Victor:  30STM


(Mediator:  Brandon Flowers)

It quickly becomes clear in Round Two that there is some debate as to exactly why A&A and 30STM are dueling.  A&A, seemingly wooed by 30STM’s imposing battle prowess, appears to be under the impression they’re trying to court 30STM.  Jared gives a brief rundown of 30STM’s attack plan and their desire to steal millions of little pieces of A&A.  A&A insists it’s okay, they don’t need protection, they’re no damsels in distress.  Jared reminds them again they’re in the midst of WAR here folks.  A&A misinterprets again and thinks 30STM wishes for them to be their knights in shining armor.  Unexpectedly, 30STM seems to dig this but warns them they have violent nighttime tendencies.  A&A thinks these tendencies will only occur if they’re not around and verily 30STM really should give in. They both know what they want, after all.

“Believe and Breathe” – A&A

“Search & Destroy” – 30STM

“More Ripley, Less Darrow” – A&A

“This is War” – 30STM

“Wish I could Be” – A&A

“Night of the Hunter” – 30STM

“Without me Around” – A&A

“Give in to this” – A&A

 Round Two Victor:  A&A


(Mediator:  Ke$ha)

Our mediator for Round 3, Ke$ha decides to champion for A&A.  She tries to persuade 30STM to return to their animalistic roots.  Tonight may be their last chance, after all.  30STM considers this for a moment, but ultimately feel A&A are spouting nothing more than beautiful lies.  A&A handles the rejection well; somehow convincing themselves they rejected 30STM.  Jared takes this moment to remind everyone, again, this is WAR.  A&A, inconceivably, thinks now would be a great time to bring up something that’s bugging them.  Jared does not agree and goes in for the kill.  Don’t worry; he’s got an airtight alibi. But just when he starts thinking he’s won the war, A&A perks up and mentions their penchant for popping up and terrorizing other people’s dreams once they’ve passed on.  Jar and the boys do not like this (THEY own the night, dammit) and call upon their ace in the hole, the Echelon, to help put an end to the battle.  But it’s all good, A&A is ready to put down their arms and end this cold war, anyway.

“A Beautiful Lie” – 30STM

“Buck up Fella” – A&A

“This is War” – 30STM

“Excuse this Honesty” – A&A

“The Kill” – 30STM

“Alibi” – 30STM

“I’m Sorta Freddy Kreuger” – A&A

“Vox Populi” – 30STM

“Love like Cold War” – A&A

Round Three Victor:  Draw


So, now, the question we’ve all been anxiously awaiting. 

Who is the victor?

After somewhat careful consideration, and little to no review of battle strategies, I have concluded the victor to be:


That Freddy Kreuger shit?  That’s impressive right there (even if it is vaguely reminiscent of zombies).  Also, their persistence in pursuing 30STM and willingness to still remain friends after battle pushed them past their fellow rock brethren. 

 Congrats guys!   A pack of bubblegum to you!  Woo!


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