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Watch Arcade Fire Cover Neil Young’s “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown” In Winnipeg

Arcade Fire did yet another cover at their Winnipeg show last night. This time, Win Butler wore his paper mache head while they performed Neil Young’s “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown” from his 1975 album Tonight’s The Night. Arcade Fire’s next stop will be in Washington, DC and the Reflektor tour wraps up at… More »

By: James Rettig / August 15, 2014 - 8:34 am

Arcade Fire – “You Already Know” Video

Arcade Fire’s new video for the Reflektor track “You Already Know” feels, in some ways, like an extension of the whole bobblehead-mask schtick of their recent live shows; it shows another way for the band to play with ideas of image and representation. The clip is made up entirely of home-video-style footage of the band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2014 - 8:15 am

Watch Arcade Fire Mime Loverboy’s “Working For The Weekend” & Cover Feist’s “I Feel It All” In Calgary

On their most recent tour, Arcade Fire have been covering some locally significant song in just about every city they visit; it’s how they ended up covering Huey Lewis & The News’ “Back In Time” earlier this week. Last night, the band treated the crowd in the Canadian city of Alberta to two such cover… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2014 - 9:16 am

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Huey Lewis’ Back To The Future Song “Back In Time”

That zany bunch the Arcade Fire are back with yet another locally relevant cover. Last night they were in Edmonton, birthplace of Michael J. Fox, so they kicked out a rendition of Huey Lewis’ Back To The Future theme “Back In Time” that segued into Reflektor jam “Here Comes The Night Time” — which, i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 12, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Arcade Fire – “Afterlife (Flume Remix)”

Flume is an Australian dance-pop producer and a festival lineup fixture, and now he’s put together a remix of “Afterlife,” the single from Arcade Fire’s Reflektor. Flume’s 10-minute take on the song spends a few minutes swirling before eventually developing into a fleet, nimble house beat. For all the disco undertones on that last Arcade… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 11, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Pay Tribute To Nirvana At Washington Show

There are too many Arcade Fire covers to list here anymore, but if you haven’t heard by now that the band is covering a song from a local artist at each show, you must not be visiting very often. The latest stop on their world tour was in George, Washington and, of course, the band… More »

By: James Rettig / August 10, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Dead Kennedys’ “California Über Alles” In Santa Barbara

Arcade Fire’s latest localized tribute cover went down last night at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Dead Kennedys’ “California Über Alles” was the song of choice, despite the fact that Jello Biafra and company hailed from San Francisco, five hours north of Santa Barbara. Hey, when one of indie rock’s greatest bands is covering one of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 5, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Beverly Hills Cop Theme “Axel F” In L.A.

As the Reflektor Tour continues to snake around North America, Arcade Fire have been paying tribute to bands from the cities in which they’re playing. At the Forum in L.A. on Friday night (following the Unicorns reunion!) they took on Jane’s Addiction and Guns N’ Roses. Last night’s second show at the venue saw a… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 3, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing” While Stealing Front Row Fans’ Cellphones

As part of Arcade Fire’s mission to cover local artists at every concert, the band performed Jane Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing” and a little bit of Guns ‘N Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle” during their show at the Forum in Los Angeles. While singing, they also decided to have some fun and grab audience members’… More »

By: James Rettig / August 2, 2014 - 12:38 pm

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of July 2014: Boyhood, Lucy, Halt And Catch Fire, & 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 »

By: Ryan Leas / July 31, 2014 - 10:45 am

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Hey Tonight,” Help Fan Propose Marriage In Mountain View

Throughout Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour, they’ve performed a locally relevant cover during the encore. For their visit to the Bay Area’s Shoreline Amphitheatre, that meant a run through the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic “Hey Tonight” with bespectacled sideman (and budding solo artist) Richard Reed Parry on lead vocals. Watch the full performance below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 31, 2014 - 10:35 am

Alt-Country Con Man Gets 4 Years In Prison For Bilking Investors With Fake Album Feat. Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam

According to Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Portland musician Kasey Anderson has been sentenced to four years in prison after defrauding investors out of almost $600,000 by promising to put on a benefit concert and release a compilation album featuring some big musicians to benefit the West Memphis Three, who were incarcerated for 18 years before being released… More »

By: James Rettig / July 26, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Thank Arcade Fire For The Unicorns Reunion

Arcade Fire have been so big for so long that it’s easy to forget they emerged from the same Montreal underground scene as long-dormant indie-pop quirk-masters the Unicorns, whose Nick Thorburn later went on to form the long-running Islands. In fact, as Thorburn points out in a new interview, the Unicorns actually took Arcade Fire… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 25, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Polaris Shortlist 2014: Arcade Fire, Mac DeMarco, Drake

The Polaris Music Prize is one of the only music awards that tends to get it right. The award is given out annually to what is deemed by a large voting pool to be the best Canadian album. We already posted the longlist which had a ton of good stuff, but now they’ve narrowed it… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 15, 2014 - 11:52 am

Watch Glastonbury 2014 Performances From Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Jack White, Disclosure, Haim, & More

Glastonbury, the world’s biggest and wettest music festival, is going down this weekend and despite what M.I.A. claims the BBC has been broadcasting bits of all the performances from the legendary Somerset extravaganza. Below you can watch professionally shot footage of songs from Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Haim, Metallica, MGMT, Parquet Courts, Chvrches, Interpol,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Photos: NorthSide Festival (Denmark) 2014

The 2014 iteration of the Danish music festival NorthSide took place this past weekend and hosted a large number of exciting bands. There were the major rocks acts such as Arcade Fire, the Pixies, and the National, but there was a lot to be seen beyond that, too. There was Franz Ferdinand, Mount Kimbie, Roby… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 20, 2014 - 1:19 pm

The Unicorns Announce Reunion Shows Opening For Arcade Fire

Spazzed-out Montreal indie greats the Unicorns, who broke up in 2004, hinted at a possible reunion earlier this year, but when we reported it, frontman (and Islands mastermind) Nick Thorburn emailed us and told us not to get our hopes up. Well, get your hopes up; Unicorns are officially back together. They’ve got a TwitterMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2014 - 11:56 am

Hear Arcade Fire Cover The Smiths’ “London” In London

Last night Arcade Fire covered Echo And The Bunnymen at London’s Earls Court. Tonight they played another show at the venue, and debuted another cover — the Smiths b-side “London” — with Will Butler on lead vocals. (Arcade Fire previously covered “Still Ill” back in ’07.) Tonight’s show was broadcast on XFM and a radio… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 7, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Echo And The Bunnymen With Ian McCulloch In London

Continuing their Reflektor tour tradition of covering songs in locations they’re most relevant, Arcade Fire brought out special guest Ian McCulloch to perform a cover of Echo And The Bunnymen’s 1983 song “The Cutter” in London last night. At their second show in London tonight, they’re expected to be joined by Lorde and 2manydjs (aka… More »

By: James Rettig / June 7, 2014 - 10:47 am

Watch Arcade Fire Perform “We Exist” On Jools Holland

Arcade Fire came back to Later… With Jools Holland on Friday night following their performance of “You Already Know” and “Normal Person” earlier in the week. This time around, they played a mesmerizing version of “We Exist” while a disco ball spun slowly overhead. Watch below. More »

By: James Rettig / June 1, 2014 - 5:23 pm
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