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Watch Arcade Fire On CBS Sunday Morning

Arcade Fire was profiled in a segment on today’s episode of CBS Sunday Morning. They interviewed Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, and a few of the other members make an appearance when they stop by a Montreal-based Ukrainian church where they’ve played shows. They also visited the band’s old apartment, which has since turned into… More »

By: James Rettig / October 19, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Tanya Tagaq Wins 2014 Polaris Prize, Says “Fuck PETA”

Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq won this year’s Polaris Music Prize for her album, Animism, beating out Arcade Fire, Drake, and Mac DeMarco. In her acceptance speech, she encouraged people to wear and eat seal and said, “fuck PETA.” This year’s award gala was held in Toronto earlier tonight and featured performances from Mac DeMarco,… More »

By: James Rettig / September 22, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Livestream The 2014 Polaris Prize Ceremony

For the past eight years, the Polaris Music Prize has honored the best Canadian album of the year. It’s accompanied by a gala to announce the winner, and this year the whole event is being livestreamed. Tonight’s performances include short list nominees Mac DeMarco, Owen Pallett, Jessy Lanza, Basia Bulat, Shad, and Tanya Tagaq. The… More »

By: James Rettig / September 22, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Inside Win Butler’s POP Vs. Jock III Celebrity Basketball Game And Afterparty

Who says indie rockers can’t dominate on the basketball court? At yesterday’s POP vs. Jock basketball game, played for the third year in a row at the POP Montreal festival, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and a group of musicians including his bandmate and brother Will, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and Nikolai Fraiture of The Stroke… More »

By: Greg Bouchard / September 21, 2014 - 8:30 am

Watch Members Of Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Bon Iver Cover Phil Collins At Pop Vs. Jock

The annual Pop Vs. Jock celebrity basketball game went down today in Montreal as part of Pop Montreal festivities, and as promised, it featured some all-star halftime festivities involving covers of Phil Collins and the White Stripes. Correspondent Greg Bouchard (who also attended Steve Albini’s cooking class the other day) passed on some footage. Bouchard… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 20, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Check Out Arcade Fire’s Original Funeral Art And The Story Behind It

We spent the weekend celebrating the 10th anniversary of Arcade Fire’s Funeral, and we weren’t the only ones. Billboard’s tribute included an interview with Tracy Maurice, the artist behind the album’s cover art. Maurice — who also did Neon Bible’s cover art and that much-shared Funeral mural in Brooklyn — shared early drafts of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 15, 2014 - 11:16 am

Funeral Turns 10

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 »

By: Chris DeVille / September 12, 2014 - 11:03 am

Watch Future Islands Play “Seasons (Waiting On You)” With Arcade Fire’s Win Butler In Montreal

Stereogum readers recently voted Future Islands’ arty synthpop burner “Seasons (Waiting On You)” the Song Of The Summer, and it would seem that Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler agrees. Butler, who just got done with a massive tour of his own, showed up to Future Islands’ show in Montreal last night, and he made a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2014 - 9:35 am

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Wolf Parade’s “I’ll Believe in Anything” At Montreal Tour Closer

Arcade Fire played the last show of their 74-date Reflektor tour in their hometown of Montreal. Throughout the tour, the band played over thirty different covers and performed them with people like David Byrne, Marky Ramone, Mavis Staples, and Ian McCulloch. The band’s final cover was of Wolf Parade’s “I’ll Believe In Anything” from their… More »

By: James Rettig / August 31, 2014 - 10:40 am

Members Of Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Bon Iver To Play Basketball For Charity

Win Butler never met a Canadian celebrity basketball game he didn’t want to take part in, and next month, he’ll share the court with some fellow indie rock heavy hitters at this year’s Pop Vs. Jock charity game. The game is an annual part of the Pop Montreal festival, and both Win and Will Butler… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Perform With Mavis Staples In Chicago

Two nights ago, Arcade Fire played the first night of a two-night stand at Chicago’s United Center, and they marked the occasion by covering Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love.” Last night, they upped the ante, inviting the Chicago soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples to the stage for a couple of songs during their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 28, 2014 - 9:11 am

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Bo Diddley In Chicago

Bo Diddley was born in Mississippi, but he moved to Chicago as a kid, and he helped define what the sound of Chicago blues could be. Arcade Fire are, of course, on a tour where they’re covering a local artist in almost every town they visit, and last night, they played the first night of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2014 - 9:04 am

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream” With David Byrne In Brooklyn

To cap off their three-night stint in Brooklyn, Arcade Fire brought out a Grandpa Munster-looking David Byrne for a cover of Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream.” Byrne has performed live with the band before — in 2005, he joined them on stage at Irving Plaza to sing the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive… More »

By: James Rettig / August 25, 2014 - 1:36 am

VMAs 2014 Videos, GIFs, Vines, & Winners List

Tonight, MTV’s Video Music Awards go down at the Forum in Inglewood, California. This year, the pre-ceremony preparations and parties have been unusually calamitous: Nicki Minaj’s backup dancer was bit by an anaconda, Iggy Azalea fell off the stage, and Suge Knight got shot! So we can only hope things go more smoothly when the… More »

By: Stereogum / August 24, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover The Ramones With Marky Ramone In Brooklyn

Arcade Fire is still ignoring our suggestions for who they should cover at their Brooklyn shows this weekend — on Friday they brought out Buster Poindexter for “Hot Hot Hot” and last night Marky Ramone took the stage. He was on the drums for “I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement” and “I Wanna… More »

By: James Rettig / August 24, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover “Hot Hot Hot” With Buster Poindexter In Brooklyn

On Friday night, Arcade Fire played the first of three shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. For the city-appropriate cover song to kick off the encore they took none of Stereogum’s suggestions! Instead, after the bobbleheads faked out the crowd with New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis,” the band invited that song’s singer David Johansen to joi… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 23, 2014 - 2:15 am

Who Should Arcade Fire Cover In Brooklyn?

Arcade Fire are in the final stretch of their continent-spanning Reflektor tour, and as you may have heard, they’ve adopted the habit of paying tribute to each city they visit by covering a song/artist from (or associated with) that city. This started on the second night of the tour, in Minneapolis, where they covered Prince’… More »

By: Stereogum / August 21, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Pixies’ “Alec Eiffel” In Mansfield

Arcade Fire played Manfield, MA last night and — surprise, surprise — performed a cover. This time it was the Pixies’ “Alec Eiffel” from their 1991 album Trompe Le Monde. The band got their start in nearby Boston. The next stop on the Reflektor tour is Bangor, ME, followed by a three-day stint in Brooklyn. More »

By: James Rettig / August 20, 2014 - 8:50 am

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Fugazi’s “Waiting Room” In Washington, D.C.

Fugazi is synonymous with the underground D.C. scene, so it makes sense that Arcade Fire would choose to give them the cover treatment. At last night’s show at the Verizon Center, Win Butler covered “Waiting Room” in his paper mâché mask. The original song kicks off the hardcore punks’ self-titled debut EP (which won’t be… More »

By: James Rettig / August 18, 2014 - 8:35 am

Will Butler Played A Solo Show In D.C. Last Night

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler played a solo show last night at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. He was one of the openers for United Nations, who is on tour now. It was Butler’s first ever solo show and he only played original material, which a Twitter user described as sounding like “Violent… More »

By: James Rettig / August 17, 2014 - 6:08 pm
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