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The Black Keys / Arctic Monkeys
Rogers Arena, Vancouver BC May 9
By Alan Ranta
Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys are not the most skilled band ever. Their songs are all fairly straightforward, and whenever there's syncopation or an offbeat rhythm, it's like they all hold their breath and brace themselves. Frontman Alex Turner doesn't have much range vocally and bassist Nick O'Malley sounded out of place a couple times when backing him up. It also doesn't help that O'Malley and lead guitarist Jamie Cook have all the stage presence of table hockey players that lack the ability to swivel.
Despite their many shortcomings, Arctic Monkeys delivered a respectably high-energy set of garage rock and post-punk revival. Matt Helders rocked his drum kit with vigour…