Despite the early-autumn heat, a large crowd was full of energy for the British quartet Arctic Monkeys. Front man Alex Turner performed with such bravado that he even slid across stage on his knees while playing his guitar. But the backbone of their indie rock sound was drummer Matt Helders, who stood out by providing back-up vocals on every song and taking lead on “Brick by Brick.” He even managed to play, sing and knock his drumstick off his bass drum 10 feet into the air and catch it.
The crowd gathered in tight to hear TV on the Radio’s unique sound, which included a trombone player, reverberating bass, synthesized guitars, jingle bells and a wind chime. But it was lead singer Tunde Adebimpe’s impassioned, haunting lyrics that made it an unforgettable performance. The night culminated with a crazed rendition of “Wolf Like Me,” which had the entire band and crowd jumping and dancing, forgetting the heat and losing themselves in the music.