Live Review: Arctic Monkeys, Twin Peaks at Chicago’s The Riviera (9/23) – Just that ol’ time rock ‘n’ roll.

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September 23, 2013

Chicago’s archaic Riviera Theatre had its foundations rocked Monday night by two-and-a-half hours of loud, unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll from local favorites and recent CoSigned rockers Twin Peaks and the ever reliable Arctic Monkeys.

Tearing through favorites off their debut album, Sunken, Twin Peaks looked like they couldn’t be having more fun, business as usual for the teenage four piece. During blitzed out tracks like “Boomers” and “Natural Villain”, frontman Cadien Lake James controlled the venue with ease, gathering instrumental support from bandmates Jack Dolan, Clay Frankel, and Connor Brodner. The Chicago DIY scene has been and should continue to pay close attention to these guys.

Bathed in blue light, the UK foursome emerged from the sides of the stage, hands raised in the air to thank the packed house for coming out to party. Sticking mostly to newer and slower material off AM, the show had its lulls but also highlighted their new directions, specifically the album’s hip-hop drum beats and gritty desert rock influences. Of course, the biggest reaction was to the opening chords of “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”, a nostalgic cut that left the entire venue in the air.

Following slower cuts like Humbug single “Cornerstone” and AM’s “No. 1 Party Anthem”, the jumbly “Fluorescent Adolescent” brought the mood back into a swing, which helped grease up the eccentric funk of “Knee Socks”. As expected, the band waved their goodbyes, acting like a three song encore wasn’t about to happen. Nobody was fooled, the band played three more (two of them from AM, no less), and then it was really over. The number of fans that stayed hoping for another encore said plenty of the night’s success.

Do I Wanna Know?
Dancing Shoes
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Teddy Picker
Crying Lightning
Snap Out of It
Evil Twin
Old Yellow Bricks
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
Pretty Visitors
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
No. 1 Party Anthem
Fluorescent Adolescent
Knee Socks
One for the Road
Do Me a Favour
R U Mine?

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