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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 his… 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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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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.
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.
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…
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…
Chris DeVille | February 23, 2015 - 4:50 pm

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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