The biggest dagger in my heart post-Music Midtown line-up announcement had to be the inclusion of Arctic Monkeys. They were one of the firsts bands I latched onto when I started listening to Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 program in 2006, one of my earliest reviews on this site in 2007 and I’ve missed their live show on multiple occasions. I’m just going to assume that the gentlemen from Sheffield aren’t coming to the States just to visit Piedmont Park…
Either way, I was surprised by their name being on the line-up without much news about a new album in progress. Today I can happily expect a fourth album from the Arctic Monkeys later this year along a just released stirring lead single. “Do I Wanna Know?” heads back to the garage with a grasping percussion opening before thrashing guitars and Alex Turner’s sly vocals take over. Stream below and look for a album #4 later in 2013.