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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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / 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.) A… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015

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'… More »

By: Peter Helman / March 19, 2015

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. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015

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 i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015

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

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2015

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

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) UkrainianMore »

By: Chris DeVille / February 24, 2015

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 23, 2015

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Writing A Song Per Day Based On Guardian Stories Next Week

Will Butler of Arcade Fire -- not to be confused with his brother Win -- has announced a new songwriting technique: turning news stories into songs. Next week Butler will write and record one song per day based on a news story in that day's edition of The Guardian and post them on the British… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 20, 2015

Win Butler Mashes Up Kanye & Beck On “Jesus Walks, Loser”

Ah, the never-ending string of Grammys-related-content has not come to an end yet, and since whenever Kanye West does anything it becomes a cultural focal point, the latest dispatch involves him again, too. Yes, Kanye pretended to go onstage when Beck won, and later commented that -- once again -- Beyoncé deserved to… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 16, 2015

Watch Win Butler Score In The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Win Butler played in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game last night, alongside Common, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Nick Cannon, and a few other celebrities. The game was East Vs. West and the Arcade Fire frontman played for the West, who won with a 59-51 victory. He scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. Watch video and… More »

By: James Rettig / February 14, 2015

Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Jack White, Taylor Swift, Fiona Apple Among The Guests For SNL‘s Huge 40th Anniversary Special

Saturday Night Live will celebrate its 40th anniversary this Sunday night, and the list of musical guest stars is absolutely insane. The special will take place over the course of three and a half hours and will feature appearances by 50 Cent, Arcade Fire, Backstreet Boys, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Paul Simon, Fiona Apple, Jack… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 13, 2015

Win Butler To Make Coffee In NYC Café On Valentine’s Day

Win Butler will be serving up his new signature coffee on Valentine's Day at a café in New York City. Last year, the Arcade Fire frontman announced that he would be partnering with La Colombe Coffee for RaRa, a specialty coffee that's grown in Haiti and roasted in Philadelphia. He'll be serving the new… More »

By: James Rettig / February 12, 2015

Win Butler Confirmed For NBA Celebrity All-Star Game

Earlier this week, we learned that Arcade Fire co-leader Win Butler, a big basketball fan who reportedly plays a lot of ball on the road, might be playing in the NBA's Celebrity All-Star Game during this month's All-Star Weekend festivities. Now, it's confirmed. As Pitchfork points out, People reports that Butler will… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 5, 2015

Win Butler Rumored For NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler is a basketball fiend and a friend of San Antonio Spurs three-point specialist Matt Bonner. He plays basketball on the road. He's played in the POP Montreal Festival's POP Vs. Jock charity game for a few years running. He's taller than the average famous person. And he's also a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 2, 2015

Will Butler – “Anna” Video

Arcade Fire member Will Butler's solo record Policy is shaping up to be mighty intriguing. Lead single "Take My Side" was a wiry blast of garage rock, a sound Butler veers far away from on the album's second single. "Anna" is a propulsive new wave track laden with horns, synths, a striking piano figure,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 28, 2015

Will Butler – “Christmas 2014″

Arcade Fire's Will Butler shared an original Christmas track yesterday called "Christmas 2014" to celebrate the holiday season. It's a sparse and simple two-minute-long piano ballad that incorporates a number of religious references and wouldn't sound out of place in a church. Butler will release his debut solo album Policy next year. Listen below. More »

By: James Rettig / December 26, 2014

Win Butler Releases Charity Coffee

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has joined his friend and collaborator James Murphy among the growing ranks of rock stars with their own signature coffee. Butler partnered with La Colombe Coffee to create RaRa, a specialty coffee grown in Haiti and roasted in Philadelphia. It's available for pre-order here, where you can also… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 12, 2014
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