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Arctic Monkeys: Live Webcast And Album Leak

Arctic Monkeys will perform songs from the upcoming album Humbug live online today, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The show will stream from the group's Web site. Note that the site lists a time of 9 p.m. GMT.

Members of Arctic Monkeys tell that the new album is more ethereal and psychedelic than their previous two releases. Guitarist Alex Turner says the group listened to a lot of Jimi Hendrix and Cream while working on Humbug.

Meanwhile, the album has officially leaked on the Internet, though label reps say they expected as much. "Once the album is manufactured at the plant, the likelihood of a leak on a release of interest is very high — arguably certain," says Morgan Lebus of Domino Records, the band's label.

The leak started on fan blogs yesterday before moving quickly to file-sharing sites.

Humbug is scheduled for an official release in the U.S. on Aug. 25.


Cover art for Humbug, the new album from Arctic Monkeys.