Arctic Monkeys @ Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles 9/15/09

Alex Turner’s hair has been gracing some large and brightly lit stages this summer in support of their darker turn on Humbug — including their coming out party as a legitimate US festival band with one of Lollapalooza’s standout sets — so it’s nice to see what they can do in a smaller auditorium these days. What they couldn’t do is cajole their new album’s producer to guest with them onstage in his hometown, but apparently Homme-boy and honorary fourth Them Crooked Vulture Alain Johannes was in attendance to lend moral support. On hand were the Like (opening the night a new lineup) and Andrew Youssef (delivering this set of pics).