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The kinship between Alex Turner and Miles Kane is one that is a rare find in the music industry these days. Their successful side project, The Last Shadow Puppets, is no longer an accoutrement to both artists’ burgeoning bands (Arctic Monkeys and The Rascals, respectively). Instead, it is one of those brilliant unions between two musicians who have talent and the goods to back it up. The night felt like Turner and Kane were playing a best-of, but instead, their debut The Age of Understatement was showcased in all its glory- from richly nostalgic Morricone-inspired melodies to straight up Britpop jam sessions, the boys have found the missing link between modern rock and that of its past, bridging everything together so beautifully. With their thick Northern English banter between tunes, the duo were lively and on-key. Backed by a full orchestra (the set would have been stripped of its essence without one), the boys crooned favorites “Calm Like You,” “Black Plant” and “Standing Next to Me.” Even more noteworthy were their choice of clever covers. Burt Bacharach’s “My Little Red Book,” the even more daring (and successful) Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” and wrapping up the night with an encore that couldn’t be more fitting- Leonard Cohen’s “Memories.” This was audible proof that Turner and Kane (our generation’s Simon and Garfunkel?) did their homework sampling from successful songwriters of the past- and crafting a style far superior to that of their jaded peers. –Andrea D’Alessandro