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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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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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."…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
James Rettig | August 17, 2014 - 6:08 pm

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…
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…
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…
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,…
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'…
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…
James Rettig | August 10, 2014 - 5:42 pm
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