Arctic Monkeys grow out hair, unveil new music video, & master the art of web streaming, all while gearing up for U.S. tour

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    The Arctic Monkeys are only a month away from the release of their third full-length, Humbug. This means two things: The English outfit is right in the middle of a big publicity push and as a result, we’re getting hit with news like Anderson Cooper on a hurricane…

    First, the band has unveiled a brand new video for the album’s first single, “Crying Lightining”. Directed by Richard Ayoade, who previously worked with the band on the recently released Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo, the CGI heavy number is intended to, as frontman Alex Turner notes in this behind-the-scenes video, “fuck with people’s heads.” I’d say it does a pretty good job with that, what with the hippy hair dues and giant images of the band that mysteriously appear like the Loch Ness Monster. In fact, I’m still not sure what’s going on…

    Equally cool, but much less confusing is news that the Arctic Monkeys will be debuting Humbug, almost a month early, with an online stream. On Thursday, July 30th at 9:00 pm BST (that’s 4:00 pm EST), the band will play several new selections in a special one-off performance that will be broadcast on the band’s website.


    Finally, let’s not forget about those forthcoming North American tour dates, the first of which kick off later this week with a performance at All Points West. Tickets for select dates are still available via

    Now that I’ve done my due diligence, let the anticipation set back in.

    Arctic Monkeys 2009 Tour Dates:
    08/01 – Liberty State Park, NJ @ All Points West
    08/02 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
    08/03 – New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
    08/05 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
    08/07 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
    08/08 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
    08/13 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
    08/14 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
    08/15 – Copenhagen, DK @ Best Day Festival
    08/20 – Erfurt, DE @ Highfield Festival
    08/22 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
    08/28 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
    08/29 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
    09/14 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
    09/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
    09/16 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
    09/18 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
    09/19 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
    09/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
    09/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
    09/23 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
    09/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
    09/26 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
    09/28 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
    09/29 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
    09/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
    10/02 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
    10/03 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
    10/04 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
    10/05 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
    10/19 – Tokyo, JP @ Budokan
    11/05 – Paris, FR @ Zenith
    11/06 – Paris, FR @ Zenith

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