Flashback: Former buzz band Arctic Monkeys to rock Boise

Has it really been nearly eight years since Arctic Monkeys exploded onto the scene?

Since bloggers helped transform the young group from Sheffield, England, into an overnight sensation?

Since frontman  Alex Turner was named “coolest man on the planet” by British magazine NME at the ripe old age of 19?

It has. Turner was wise beyond his years in the video below: “Don’t believe the hype,” he said.

The Monkeys’ “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” was the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, but the group never found the same success across the pond.

And now, in 2013, they’re finally coming to the Knitting Factory on Sunday, May 26. (Seven, eight years? That time span is about par for the course for something cool to hit Boise, right?)

Hyped or not, these punks always threw down short, tight bursts of rhythmic energy. Tickets are $25 and go on sale Friday at Ticketweb.

Michael Deeds is the Idaho Statesman’s entertainment columnist and Scene magazine editor. His column runs Fridays and Sundays. He appears on the 6 p.m. broadcast of "Today's 6 News" on Thursdays and hosts a music show, "The Other Studio," from 9-10 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.

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