Since the 2006 release of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, the Arctic Monkeys' musicianship has had to compete against hype. Regarded as the "next Beatles" by UK press and having had the fastest-selling indie record in UK history, the Monkeys have had to prove that they're not just a product of internet fandom but a veritable rock 'n' roll band that has left some type of mark on the genre. With last year's AM, the band took a few cues from former tour-mates the Black Keys and gave their old post-punk sound a bit more of a bluesy, r&b jolt. Their newer sound is mature, slowed down, and proof that a product of the hype machine can find ways to progress and grow after passing through it. Because of that, the Monkeys have become the stadium headlining band many always wanted and expected them to be.
Sat., Feb. 8, 8 p.m., 2014
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