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Arcade Fire – “Porno” Video

Earlier today, Arcade Fire teased a feature-length film called The Reflektor Tapes, and now they’ve shared a new music video set to their track “Porno” that serves as a precursor to that. As the film will be, it was directed by Kahlil Joseph. The first half of the video is made up of shots of… More »

By: James Rettig / July 15, 2015 - 5:37 pm

Arcade Fire Movie The Reflektor Tapes Hits Theaters In September

Arcade Fire have announced plans for a feature-length film called The Reflektor Tapes. A new website for the movie popped up earlier today, which reveals that it will be directed by famed music video director Kahlil Joseph, who was spotted shooting footage during the band’s Reflektor tour last year. ArcadeFireTube reports that the film will… More »

By: James Rettig / July 15, 2015 - 11:29 am

Skrillex And Diplo Just Hit The Studio With Arcade Fire

Skrillex’s Full Flex Express Tour makes eight stops in Canada this month, and in advance of tonight’s show in Montreal, Sonny Moore and Wes Pentz found time to create some beats with a couple of celebrated local musicians. The above photo (via DL Jones’ Facebook) shows Jack Ü jamming in the studio with Win Butler… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 10, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Father John Misty Explains The Origin Of His Great New Arcade Fire Cover

Father John Misty debuted his great new cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” earlier this week and, in a new interview with NME, he opened up about the inspiration behind choosing the song, and it turns out to have been for completely mundane, contractual reasons. Basically, his manager said he had to do a cover… More »

By: James Rettig / July 3, 2015 - 10:30 am

Watch Father John Misty Cover Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs”

Father John Misty has been doing a lot of covers lately, and he recently trotted out another one during a live acoustic session for the Canadian network CBC. Perhaps as a nod to his Canadian hosts, he covered Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs,” playing a lovely take of the song entirely solo and acoustic in what… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 30, 2015 - 8:51 am

Tim Kingsbury & Jeremy Gara Ready Latest Arcade Fire Side-Project Sam Patch

Tim Kingsbury is the latest Arcade Fire member to splinter off from the band and start his own solo project. It’s called Sam Patch, and he’ll be joined by AF drummer Jeremy Gara and Toronto musician Basia Bulat. Arcade Fire Tube reports that their first show will be in Montreal on 8/27 as part of… More »

By: James Rettig / June 16, 2015 - 10:09 am

Watch U2 Play “Lucifer’s Hands” Live For The First Time, “One” Dedicated To Arcade Fire

During their second show at Montreal’s Bell Centre last night, U2 played “Lucifer’s Hands,” one of the new songs included as bonus tracks on the Songs Of Innocence deluxe edition, live for the first time. The band also dedicated a performance of their Achtung Baby track “One” — which turned into a massive crowd singalong… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 14, 2015 - 10:40 am

Sarah Neufeld – “We’ve Got A Lot” (Stereogum Premiere)

Sarah Neufeld technically already released a record this year; the tense and aching Never Were The Way She Was was a joint project with her frequent collaborator, saxophonist Colin Stetson. Neufeld is a violinist who often tours with other bands (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre), but right now she’s on the road opening for St. Vincent… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 28, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Arcade Fire Are Opening A Restaurant

Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, the husband-and-wife duo behind Arcade Fire, have been doing just fine for themselves in the music world. But now they’re expanding into another universe. Together with another husband-and-wife duo — Jen Agg and Roland Jean, the team behind the Toronto restaurants Rhum Corner, the Black Hoof, and Coctail Bar –… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 7, 2015 - 8:48 am

Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event

Jay Z bought the Swedish company Aspiro’s streaming music service Tidal less than a month ago, but that didn’t stop him from rolling out his rebranded product today with lots of fanfare from his famous friends. Rumors before the 5PM livestream suggested that Jay’s newfangled Tidal would be launched with exclusive content from many of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service Launches With Blue Avatars From Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Third Man, & Others

Jay Z wants you to know that Tidal, the Scandinavian high-fidelity streaming service that he bought earlier this month, is a big deal. So he didn’t just get some of music’s biggest stars to tweet about the service’s big relaunch, which is happening today. He got them all to change their social media avatars (o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 30, 2015 - 9:06 am

Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than in recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald’s showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Arcade Fire And Paul Krugman Discuss Selling Out And The Future Of The Music Business At SXSW

Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire and economist/New York Times columnist Paul Krugman headlined a panel discussion at SXSW today on the “celebrity economy in music” and how artists in the future will make a living. Moderated by Grantland’s Rembert Browne, who ironically claimed that he “failed economics,” the panel also included Nielsen’s Tatiana… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 19, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Watch Will Butler’s Furious, Kickass Letterman Performance

Will Butler has been playing with Arcade Fire for upwards of a decade, and he’s evidently spent some time thinking about how he’d present himself if and when he ever went solo. Yesterday, Butler released Policy, his first-ever solo album. Last night, he was the musical guest on the Late Show With David Letterman. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015 - 8:51 am

Stream Will Butler Policy

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler spent all last week releasing songs inspired by Guardian stories, and the whole thing turned out a lot better than anyone could expect a conceptual song-a-day stunt to be. And now that we’ve heard what kind of work the man can do when the pressure is on, we now get to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015 - 10:24 am

Will Butler – “By The Waters Of Babylon”

The last of Will Butler’s daily songs inspired by Guardian stories is “By The Waters Of Babylon,” a mournful ballad written in response to ISIS ransacking the museum at Mosul and destroying dozens of ancient artifacts. Here’s what the Arcade Fire sideman wrote about his creation:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 27, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Will Butler – “You Must Be Kidding Me”

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler is spending this week writing one song a day, all of them inspired by articles in the British newspaper The Guardian. He’s already tackled the Greek debt crisis on “Clean Monday” and a couple of stories from the former USSR on “Waving Flag.” The latest song in the exercise, which i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015 - 8:36 am

Arcade Fire’s Win & Will Butler To Talk Music Economy With Paul Krugman At SXSW

With dwindling album sales and 360 deals and increasing corporate-sponsorship encroachment, the economics of the music business are getting tougher and tougher to figure out. You practically need to talk to two rock stars and a Nobel Prizewinning economist. Fortunately, SXSW attendees will get that chance this year. New York Times columnist and world-renown economist… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Will Butler – “Waving Flag”

The second of Will Butler’s daily songs based on Guardian stories is “Waving Flag.” Whereas yesterday’s “Clean Monday” was about the Greek debt crisis, this one tackles two events in the former Soviet Union: (1) the repatriation of a former anti-apartheid leader’s ashes from Russia to South Africa and (2) Ukrainian separatists celebrating a SovietMore »

By: Chris DeVille / February 24, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Will Butler – “Clean Monday”

Every day this week Will Butler is writing and recording a song based on a story from British newspaper The Guardian. The first of those songs is “Clean Monday,” a song about the Greek debt crisis that sounds a lot more like Arcade Fire than either of the songs Butler has shared from his upcoming… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 23, 2015 - 4:50 pm
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