Arctic Monkeys Fill Webster Hall for New Album: NYC Music
Britain’s Arctic Monkeys produced a queue that snaked around the block outside a sold-out Webster Hall on Sept. 16.
Inside, the floor quickly filled to capacity, the lights went down and frontman Alex Turner came on stage in a glittery brown sports coat and perfectly coifed hair. He had the Teddy Boy down pat.
Skipping hellos, Turner played the opening notes to “Do I Wanna Know?” and instantly the crowd’s hands went up and feet stomped. A number that has splashes of Black Sabbath, its balanced rift and steady beat incited call and response from the audience.
The opening track to the band’s fifth consecutive No. 1 studio release, “AM,” captures the diverse rock sound that fills the record: growling guitars, muscular drumming and etching choruses, along with splashes of loose R&B.
Since they first hit the U.S. in 2005, the quartet has been one of the few buzz-worthy bands to maintain their success and musical heft.
Showcasing the latest record, the show offered new numbers “Snap Out of It,” “Knee Socks?” and “Arabella.”
While the audience embraced the fresh material, it was the blending in of older tunes that allowed the show to flow so well. “Dancing Shoes” and “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” delivered high energy; “Crying Lightning” and “Old Yellow Brick” flaunted their traditional anthemic sound.
Turner combed his hair back between tracks and loosened the crowd with his banter. As the main set wound down, he said, “We are yours, but the question is ...” and lurched into the closer, “R U Mine?”
Drummer Matt Helders, whose kick drum reads 0144 -- the U.K. telephone country code -- pounded the skins as Turner and guitarist Jamie Cook played zigzagging guitar licks. It was heavy and gritty and left the Monday night crowd well-drained.
The Arctic Monkeys are set to appear at both weekends of this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival -- Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13. The band also plays a run of southern dates before returning to Europe for the remainder of the year.
Here’s a selection of New York-area shows in October. Please note that opening bands aren’t always listed. Shows marked (SO) are sold out, although online services such as Craigslist often have tickets.
Oct. 1 Jagwar Ma at Glasslands Gallery (SO) The Flaming Lips/Tame Impala at Terminal 5 (SO) Oct. 2 Phoenix/The Vaccines at Barclays Center Oct. 3 Lorde at Warsaw (SO) White Lies at Bowery Ballroom Oct. 4 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Warsaw Oct. 5 Surfer Blood at Music Hall of Williamsburg Oct. 6 Bill Callahan/Lonnie Holley at Webster Hall Oct. 7 The Weeknd/BANKS at Radio City Music Hall Oct. 8 London Grammar at Gramercy Theatre (SO) Oct. 9 Rodriguez at Barclays Center Oct. 10 Toy at Glasslands Gallery Junip at Le Poisson Rouge Oct. 11 Unknown Mortal Orchestra/Jackson Scott at Music Hall of Williamsburg Oct. 12 Hanni El Khatib/Bass Drum of Death at Knitting Factory Oct. 13 Antibalas at Highline Ballroom Oct. 14 Nine Inch Nails/Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Barclays Center Oct. 15 Glasser at Music Hall of Williamsburg Oct. 16 White Denim/Calvin Love/Jonathan Rado/Zig Zags/Cotton Jones/Jacco Gardner/Courtney Barnett at Mercury Lounge (SO) Oct. 17 Rose Windows/The Moondoggies at Death By Audio Oct. 18 Pearl Jam at Barclays Center (SO) The Dismemberment Plan at Terminal 5 Oct. 19 Pearl Jam at Barclays Center (SO) Father John Misty ‘Solo’ at Music Hall of Williamsburg Oct. 20 Molly Nilsson at Glasslands Gallery Oct. 21 Fiona Apple/Blake Mills at Beacon Theatre (SO) Oct. 22 Franz Ferdinand/Frankie Rose at Hammerstein Ballroom Oct. 23 Delorean at Webster Hall Oct. 24 FIDLAR/The Orwells at Bowery Ballroom (SO) Oct. 25 Kurt Vile and the Violators/Lee Ranaldo & the Dust at Terminal 5 Oct. 26 The Black Crowes/Blind Boys of Alabama at Terminal 5 Oct. 27 Drake/Miguel/Future at Prudential Center Oct. 28 Crystal Antlers/Dirty Nil at Glasslands Gallery Oct. 29 Thee Oh Sees/OBN Ills/The Blind Shake at Irving Plaza Oct. 30 Yonder Mountain String Band at Brooklyn Bowl Oct. 31 Holy Ghost!/JOAKIM (Live)/Midnight Magic/Eli Escobar & Lloydsky at Terminal 5
(Jaime Widder works in sales for Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are his own.)
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