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Arctic Monkeys ‘Wanna Know’ on ‘Letterman’

Brits perform ‘AM’ opener ahead of new slate of U.S. tour dates

The Arctic Monkeys continue to make the rounds behind their excellent 2013 effort AM, slinking through the Ed Sullivan Theater last night for a performance of album opener “Do I Wanna Know?” on the Late Show with David Letterman. The band is about to embark on a quick Stateside tour, and as you can hear in the clip, the band has become quite adept at juicing AM‘s sultry, low-end stylings for bigger stages.

See Where “Do I Wanna Know” Falls on Our List of 2013’s Best Songs

The new batch of Arctic Monkeys tour dates kicks off January 30th at the Fillmore in Miami, includes a headlining gig at Madison Square Garden on February 8th and wraps up February 15th at the Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri. You can get another taste of the Arctic Monkeys’ live sound with their recent cover of Lou Reed‘s “Walk on the Wild Side,” which they performed in honor of the late rocker after he passed away in October.

AM marked a big stylistic turning point for the Arctic Monkeys, especially from the rambunctious pub punk of their 2006 debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Frontman Alex Turner described the group’s new sound to Rolling Stone as “almost like the Spiders From Mars covering Aaliyah. There’s like a shimmery, intergalactic, slightly cosmic element to the way both those genres make me feel.”

The shift proved to be a boon for the band: AM was shortlisted for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize and went on to wrack up a slew of year-end accolades, including a top 10 spot on our list of 2013’s 50 Best Albums.

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