Arctic Monkeys, Battleme

When: Wed., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. 2013

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Although Josh Homme helped produce the third Arctic Monkeys LP, Humbug, the UK band didn't really let the desert sprawl and smoked-out ideals of Queens of the Stone Age sink in until they recorded album number five, AM (on which Homme is also a contributor). The 2013 release, apparently inspired by a breakup that singer/guitarist Alex Turner went through, is a slow-boiling tar pit of psychedelics, bulbous riffs, and some of the sexiest rhythms the quartet has ever attempted. Moving away from the rapid-fire tempos and lyrics of the past was a welcome evolution for the Monkeys, and helped generate one of the year's best rock albums. Fear not, though, old-school fans: All live footage I've seen of the band's current tour proves that they can still kick up a hell of a storm onstage. ROBERT HAM

Price: $35

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