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The Last Shadow Puppets @ Terminal 5 (8/2)


The reason people go to concerts is to have their personal space violated right? Well yes – also to see a live performance but that’s really secondary. Last night’s the Last Shadow Puppets’ concert was an amazing performance from Miles Kane and Alex Turner but first a quick note about the crowd. I am somewhat perplexed by the mixture of people in all honesty. It was the usual young Brooklyn creatives but then also more Murray Hill frat bros and tunnel people than a Dave Matthews show. So back to personal space violation. A girl, who I am assuming is a tunnel person so — tunnel girl, threw her drink on a couple during the beginning of the set because they were invading her personal space. When security showed up she asked to be escorted to the VIP area since she had been traumatized, by her own behavior maybe? Anyways back to to show.

Despite promotional pictures for their recently released album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, Miles Kane and Alex Turner did not in fact perform in matching chavy tracksuits. Miles wore a black tank top with some sort of silkish kimono jacket while Alex dialed down that greaser thing he’s been doing for the past couple years and went for a Canadian cowboy look in denim on denim with a bandana around his neck.

The Last Shadow Puppets played a pretty long set, clocking in at about two hours. Since the release of their album they’ve mostly been playing festivals and they seemed super excited and energized to be playing a closed venue with good sound quality. There was lots of hip shaking and unabashed dancing from Alex Turner which is a welcome change from his performances with the Arctic Monkeys, which may have to do with him being free of an instrument for most of TLSP set. While they mostly played songs off their new album, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, they also played quite a bit of their first album The Age Of The Understatement, with a couple of covers thrown in. One of the biggest surprises of the night was Miles Kane’s massive stage presence and his Iggy Pop-like vocal range which the records don’t do justice to. This was clearest during their performance of ‘Bad Habits’ and during their cover of the Fall’s ‘Totally Wired’. The other highlights of the set were ‘Miracle Aligner’ and ‘Meeting Place’, both of which were kind reminders that Alex Turner is a crooner, for lack of a less cringe-inducing word.

After the band exited the stage, someone pointed out to me what I thought was a passed out guy in the VIP section but was actually Alex Turner kicking off their encore. Alex crawled around a table top and then serenaded a few fans before returning to the stage where TLSP along with their opener Cameron Avery did an energetic and lively cover of David Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream.’ Leaving the concert I walked by five different couples and groups of people talking about looking up the “weird” cover they ended their set with.

Concert Review by Tamim Alnuweiri. Follow her at @tamimalnuweiri.

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