Arctic Monkeys have had an interesting career. Their first two albums were great and exhibited a young, fresh energy combined with pop accessibility and a punk feeling. Then they started to mess with a good thing. Humbug had its moments of greatness, but seemed like the band was trying to be something they weren’t. Suck It And See fell short for some fans, and I personally thought the writing was a little lazy.

Arctic Monkeys’ new album, AM, comes out on September 10th, and from what I’ve heard, they will be returning to their pop roots but using the experimentation found on their middle albums to explore darker themes. With their new hallucinogen- and sex-themed video for “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” fans can enjoy the lower rungs of English society and the trials of a relationship on drugs from the comforts of their computers.

Arctic Monkeys have three ambitious shows at the Wiltern that I hope will all sell out. They are great live, and their new sound seems to be a return to the Arctic Monkeys we all love.

Arctic Monkeys Tour Dates:

09/15 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
09/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for Performing Arts
09/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown Festival
09/23 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
09/27 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
09/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
09/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
10/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
10/04 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
10/05 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
10/07 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
10/08 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/09 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City- Birmingham
10/11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

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