Pop tour of the week: Arctic Monkeys, various venues


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Their debut album shifted wild figures, but the Monkeys' growth curve since has been dotted with no less remarkable evolutionary leaps.

Early material showed Alex Turner to be a keen observer of Sheffield life, his band a nut-tight correlative for his fluent, demotic pitch. But a desert trip under QotSA bruiser Josh Homme's watch woke their inner guitar heroes, and R&B leanings have stoked saucier tendencies still on this year's cocksure AM.

And if the title hints at both rebirth and a new dawn, their recent leap in live confidence suggests both fit very nicely.

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tue; Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, Wed; Earls Court, London SW5, Fri & 26 Oct (all tickets 0844 844 0444; ticketmaster.co.uk)