Showing posts with label Arctic Monkeys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arctic Monkeys. Show all posts

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Arctic Monkeys’ New Song: “2013”

            We have already seen the U.K.’s Arctic Monkeys tease their forthcoming album AM with a very good single in “Do I Wanna Know.” Today, the band put out the album’s first b-side - “2013.” While not Alex Turner’s most lyrically-challenging work, the psychedelic arrangement of “2013” makes it worth checking out: 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Picks and Clips of the Week

This week’s picks pairs new music Booker T. Jones, Mayer Hawthorne, Nine Inch Nails, the Civil Wars, and the Arctic Monkeys alongside an older favorite from each act. The absolute must-listen of the new tracks comes from Booker T. Jones and Mayer Hawthorne, who collaborated on the song “Sound the Alarm” from Jones’ new album of the same name.  

Both Clips of the Week come in the form of new YouTube-streamed tracks from Franz Ferdinand. Both “Love Illumination” and “Right Action” were released today as part of the hype for the U.K. band’s new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, which will be released on August 27. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Long After Dark to Live Blog Sunday’s Olympic Closing Ceremony Concert

      A curious way of delivering a Long After Dark first: on Sunday, Long After Dark will live-blog the tape delayed broadcast of Sunday evening’s Olympic closing ceremony. LAD will focus on the ceremony’s concert. It is believed that NBC will show the concert, which is rumored to contain performances by 20 artists ranging from The Who, Paul McCartney, the Spice Girls, Adele, Kate Bush, OneDirection, and George Michael in what will likely be one of the greatest displays of the incredible depth of British pop music over the last 50 years. Concert director David Arnold has already called this event, “the wedding reception” of the Olympics.
            All are welcome to join in with the commenting as we take in what is likely to be one of the greatest spectacles in recent memory. To tide you over, here are the Arctic Monkeys cutting a trippier cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together” from the Olympic opening ceremony: 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Black Keys Take El Camino Tour To Philadelphia

The Black Keys played to a sold-out Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday evening, teaming with the Arctic Monkeys for their El Camino Tour, one of the hardest tickets to come by on the 2012 concert calendar. The blues rock duo of Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach played a dazzling 21-song set that lasted approximately 90 minutes and left the crowd buzzing over one of the hottest bands in contemporary music.
Opening act the Arctic Monkeys took the stage shortly after 8:00 and played for well over an hour, digging into their nearly decade-old catalog while balancing a selection of songs from their most recent record, Suck It And See. The Sheffield, England natives were primed for their opening slot on one of the most popular tours of 2012 and played well to the predominately under-35 crowd in attendance. Drummer Matt Helders, in particular, was suited for the occasion, frequently tossing up his drum-sticks mid-song (missing on more than one occasion) and turning in a stellar performance on lead vocals on the Arctic Monkey’s penultimate song, “Brick By Brick.”
The Black Keys set list, as expected, was predominately loaded with songs from their last two albums, including six from their 2010 breakthrough Brothers and seven from 2011’s El Camino. Auerbach and Carney strayed from turning their songs into lengthy jams and mash-ups, instead playing straightforward cuts of their music. The stage itself was a unique setup, as Auerbach and Carney positioned themselves towards the front of the stage, preceding backing musicians Gus Seyffert and John Wood.
The band opened with two of the radio-friendly singles from Brothers, “Howlin’ For You” and “Next Girl” before they began to dig into tracks from El Camino. Although the set leaned heavily towards their most recent material, the Black Keys carefully mixed in their older material, adding songs such as “Your Touch,” “Strange Times,” and “I’ll Be Your Man” into the fold. The duo was even able to mix in the smash songs “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Little Black Submarines” in the middle of the set, instead of relying on them towards the end of the show.
As the show began to draw to a close, the standing crowd that took over the area of the arena directly in front of the stage went into an absolute frenzy as the Black Keys closed out the first run of the set list with “Lonely Boy.” After the band reappeared for the three-set encore, the Wells Fargo Center turned into a light show, as two large disco balls, one which descended directly over Auerbach’s head and another from the control consul, lit up the arena with an array of spinning reflection for the high-pitched “Everlasting Light.” The Black Keys returned the standing crowd to a frenzied state as they jammed on an incredible take of “I Got Mine” to close out the show and send the crowd into the parking lots of South Philadelphia, pleased with the Black Keys first run as a headlining arena act.

The Set List:

1)      Howlin’ For You                  11) Little Black Submarines

2)      Next Girl                              12) Money Maker
3)      Run Right Back                   13) Strange Times
4)      Same Old Thing                  14) Chop and Change
5)      Dead And Gone                  15) Nova Baby
6)      Gold on the Ceiling             16) Ten Cent Pistol
7)      Thickfreakness                    17) Tighten Up
8)      Girl Is On My Mind              18) Lonely Boy
9)      I’ll Be Your Man
10)   Your Touch

19)  Everlasting Light
20)  She’s Long Gone
21)  I Got Mine