Well, this bill is certainly an attention grabber and reason to venture out on a cold December evening. The Arctic Monkeys have just confirmed a brief run of U.S. tour dates with New Jersey’s Screaming Females kicking off December 6th in Chicago. The Arctics are also gearing up for the release of “Cornerstone,” the second single off of Humbug, on November 17th (digitally) and December 8th (retail). Be sure to check out the Richard Ayoade-directed clip here. Diehard fans will note that Ayoade also helmed the band’s clips for “Fluorescent Adolescent” and Humbug‘s lead single, “Crying Lightning.”

Concertgoers are advised to not miss the fearsome Screaming Females, who expertly melted faces on a recent tour with The Dead Weather. More on our thoughts on New Brunswick’s brightest right here. Additionally, if you happen to be in New York City for the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival next week, be sure to catch Screaming Females at Mercury Lounge on  Wednesday, October 21st.

Dates in full:
* With Special Guests Screaming Females

December 6th, 2009 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre*
December 7th, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre *
December 8th, 2009 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
December 11th, 2009 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
December 13th, 2009 Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
December 14th, 2009 Montreal, CA @ Metropolis

“Cornerstone” Digital download tracklisting:
1. Cornerstone
2. Catapult
3. Sketchead
4. Fright Lined Dining Room

“Cornerstone” 10’ tracklisting:
A. Cornerstone
A1. Catapult
B. Sketchead
B1. Fright Lined Dining Room

–Carrie Alison