Arctic Monkeys Start a Riot, Hug the Fans at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Check out Crossfade's full 39-photo slideshow of Arctic Monkeys at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Arctic Monkeys
Fillmore Miami Beach
Thursday, January 30, 2014

British post-punk foursome Arctic Monkeys completed its first performance of 2014 last night for a sold-out crowd at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

In support of the outfit's fifth studio album, AM, the current tour has been ping-ponging across the Atlantic since late spring 2013, going back and forth between venues in North America and Europe.

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Photo by George Martinez
Check out Crossfade's full 39-photo slideshow of Arctic Monkeys at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

It can be challenging to put into words what an Arctic Monkeys performance is like. You're either feeling the vibe or you're not. There's no middle ground, but it's rare to find oneself on the latter end of that dichotomy.

Just about everyone who braced the rain last night was there because, somewhere along the way, they were charmed by the band's stylishly chronicled lyrics or, more so, by their galloping dance-punk instrumentals.

Photo by George Martinez

Regardless of one's perspective on the show, it can probably be agreed that Arctic Monkeys' talents and success have secured the outfit a place in the upper echelons of 2000s rock 'n' roll.

The quartet's style is pure poetic nihilism at its best. And while the group's been criticized in the past for its lack of live consistency when delivering that signature sound, the Monkeys' ability to mature and evolve while still hanging onto a core identity has allowed the band to continue to prosper.

Photo by George Martinez

Last night, silhouetted amid a thick fog at the Fillmore, the foursome began the night with "Do I Wanna Know," AM's opening track. And while the song's hollowed-out lyrics may tell the story of an unrequited love story, it was clear that the fans were knee deep in their love affair with the British gem before them.

Yes, Arctic Monkeys, those warm feelings actually go both ways.

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The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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Sebastian Antonio Leon
Sebastian Antonio Leon

Saw these guys at the Fillmore back in 2010, and this time, they were miles better. They looked like they were having a lot of fun.

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