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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…
James Rettig | August 15, 2014 - 8:34 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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,…
Chris DeVille | August 5, 2014 - 1:56 pm
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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.
Scott Lapatine | August 3, 2014 - 1:01 pm
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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…
James Rettig | August 2, 2014 - 12:38 pm
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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…
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…
James Rettig | July 26, 2014 - 12:08 pm
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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-po…
Chris DeVille | July 25, 2014 - 1:52 pm
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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…
Miles Bowe | July 15, 2014 - 11:52 am
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