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What I remember most is two deranged geekboys drumming on each other’s helmets. There was so much to love about Arcade Fire in 2004, but the image of Richard Peed Parry and Will Butler frantically pounding each other’s skulls during performances of “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” is the one that sticks with me above all else. More »

There were two major releases this month that had people talking about soundtracks: Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, his follow-up to Garden State, and Boyhood. I saw one of them, and I’ll let you guess which it was. I don’t have a dog in the internet fight regarding Braff and his movies and hi… More »

This week’s central battle came down, as so many do, to the eternal conflict between well-intentioned grand-scale storytelling and gleefully trashy bloodletting. It’s the Forrest Gump vs. Pulp Fiction of the 5 Best Videos Of The Week column! And just like in 1994, the middle-of-the-road epic won. Life is like a box of chocolates, etc. More »

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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
Chris DeVille | February 27, 2015 - 4:58 pm
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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.
Tom Breihan | February 26, 2015 - 8:36 am
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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.
Tom Breihan | February 24, 2015 - 5:26 pm
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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, thi…
Chris DeVille | February 24, 2015 - 4:39 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | February 23, 2015 - 4:50 pm
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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…
Caitlin White | February 20, 2015 - 1:03 pm

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…
Caitlin White | February 16, 2015 - 3:23 pm
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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…
James Rettig | February 14, 2015 - 9:33 am
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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…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 13, 2015 - 5:26 pm
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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…
James Rettig | February 12, 2015 - 10:43 pm
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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,…
Tom Breihan | February 5, 2015 - 10:39 am

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…
Tom Breihan | February 2, 2015 - 9:27 am
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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…
Chris DeVille | January 28, 2015 - 5:35 pm
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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…
James Rettig | December 26, 2014 - 9:07 am

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.
Chris DeVille | December 12, 2014 - 10:32 am
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2015 Grammy Nominees Announced

UPDATE: Read our breakdown of the nominations here. // The Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences has been announcing Grammy nominatio…
Tom Breihan | December 5, 2014 - 9:02 am
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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.
Chris DeVille | November 24, 2014 - 3:59 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | November 24, 2014 - 9:27 am
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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…
James Rettig | November 20, 2014 - 7:02 pm
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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
Tom Breihan | November 20, 2014 - 2:44 pm
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