Last Night: Arctic Monkeys + Screaming Females; Alexa Chung

The bitter New York cold did not deter the Arctic Monkeys' (crazy) fans from packing up Terminal 5 in midtown west last night. In anticipation of this, I took to the second floor balcony, which was in direct line of the venue's curved speakers. Bad choice. Got blasted by supersaturated, muddy sound and a horrible mix.

Advance warning: all pictures are noisy and point-and-shooty. Venue does not allow SLRs. Although it turns out I could've easily gotten it in...

Arctic Monkeys

Above is the opener, Screaming Females, a New Jersey garage band. Pretty rough tunes. The lead singer is 5'2, the only girl in the three-piece, a pretty rad guitarist and a literal screaming female. She actually screeched. I don't even know how to describe it.


The Arctic Monkeys came on twenty minutes late. The floor looked absolutely insane. The most moshing I've ever seen. Five crowd surfers, several fallen moshers; a shoe, a shirt, a bra and a rolled poster thrown on stage.



The show itself was just alright. They got up and played their songs. The new stuff isn't danceable, but some of the old favorites (including Brainstorm, I Bet that You Look Good on the Dancefloor, This House is a Circus...) got everyone pretty riled up.

Oh and Alexa Chung:

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The Setlist:

The Jeweller’s Hands
This House is a Circus
Still Take You Home
Potion Approaching
Red Right Hand (Nick Cave cover)
My Propeller
Crying Lightning
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
The View from the Afternon
If You Were There, Beware
Pretty Visitors
Do Me a Favour
Fluorescent Adolescent –> Last Christmas (cover) –> Fluorescent Adolescent

Secret Door

I'm really glad they closed with 505. It's one of my favorites.

Matt the drummer sang the Last Christmas cover:

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1 comment:

Big Apple Kate said...

i like love your blog im not sure how i would feel if i never saw it again. its so informative! so alexa is adorable! and i wish i coulda gone! dang.