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Arctic Monkeys ready to go wild at WaMu Theater
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Arctic Monkeys w/ opening act
Saturday, September 29 - 8pm
WaMu Theater - $25


You can accuse Arctic Monkeys of being cocky, but you can't accuse them of ever being boring. On the contrary, the hotly pursued ensemble packs a mighty punch on record and onstage. The Sheffield, England-based quartet became a literal overnight success when their first single "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" gained instant popularity on the Internet two years ago. It resulted in a mega hit on modern rock stations across the US and Europe, and ushered in one of the most defiant and gifted artists to emerge on the punk scene in quite some time. The question loomed, however, on whether they could deliver on the massive hype and attention bestowed upon them by a wide range of press-media. The answer came just as quickly as their star's rise, a definite yes. These lads are the real deal.

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (SGN's Top Ten Albums/CDs, 2006) earned Arctic Monkeys two Grammy nominations and ranked inside many year-end critics' lists, aside from winning the UK's prestigious Mercury Music Prize. For a debut recording, the accolades were through the roof. The attention then shifted to the group's sophomore release, Favourite Worst Nightmare, which landed on store shelves this April. While it lacked a bit of fire that sparked heavily on its predecessor, the new offering unearthed a ballsier and rawer version of the Arctic Monkeys than we'd imagined. The album was again nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, and it's a strong contender for a third Grammy nomination come December.

I've seen Arctic Monkeys twice, at the Sasquatch Festival last year and The Showbox this spring, and they wowed me both times. They have an enormous amount of energy, playing a 90-minute set of fast-paced numbers complete with raging guitars and pounding beats. Only on occasion does the geek-cum-rock star Alex Turner (lead vocalist) address the fans, and he doesn't shy away from profanity either (for fuck's sake!). I expect WaMu Theater to be transformed into a zoo tomorrow night, at least let's hope it does. Arctic Monkeys will pull songs from both recordings, including "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" (SGN's Top Ten Singles/Tracks, 2006), "From the Ritz to the Rubble", "Dancing Shoes", "The View from the Afternoon", and "Brianstorm". There will be ample opportunities and space to mosh, surf the crowd, boogie, and bang your head. Should you choose to just stand in place and rock out, you might be part of the minority. At press time, tickets were still available for this concert but going fast. Likely, it will sell out on the day of show. If you're a Monkeys fan, don't miss this performance! A. Rodriguez

Artist essentials: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, and check out their music video for "The View from the Afternoon" on YouTube.
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