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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

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the nominations here. // The Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences has been announcing Grammy nominations one-by-one this morning on CBS This Morning. Irritatingly, we won't learn the nominees for the most important award, Album Of The Year, until tonight; the Academy is announcing them as part of tonight'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014

Will Butler – “Take My Side”

This morning we saw Will Butler's spazzy trailer for debut solo album Policy, and now the Arcade Fire member has shared that project's lead single. It's called "Take My Side," and it's a jumpy, wiry rock 'n' roll track that fits in better with the Merge Records aesthetic than Arcade Fire's own music… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 24, 2014

Watch Will Butler’s ADD Trailer For His Solo Album Policy

Two weeks ago, Arcade Fire member Will Butler played a bunch of new solo songs at a secret Brooklyn show. Last week, he announced the coming release of his new solo album Policy. And today, he's shared a trailer for the album, one that includes short clips of a bunch of new songs. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 24, 2014

Watch Arcade Fire’s Win Butler & Regine Chassagne Cover Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” With Mavis Staples

Last night, Mavis Staples threw a star-studded tribute concert in Chicago for her 75th birthday. Celebrity guests and performers were abundant, including Jeff Tweedy, Gregg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, and Bonnie Raitt. Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Regine Chassagne were also there and came out to perform a cover of the Talking Heads'… More »

By: James Rettig / November 20, 2014

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Announces Debut Solo Album Policy

For a little while, we've known that Arcade Fire member Will Butler was at work on his first-ever solo album. Last week, we posted video of him playing a few promising solo songs at a secret show in Brooklyn. And now, we know a few details about the album. As Pitchfork points out,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2014
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