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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… More »

By: James Rettig / July 26, 2014

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

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… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 15, 2014

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,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 28, 2014

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

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 More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2014

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… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 7, 2014

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 More »

By: James Rettig / June 7, 2014

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

Watch Arcade Fire Play “You Already Know” And “Normal Person” On Jools Holland

On the most recent episode of the BBC show Later... With Jools Holland, Arcade Fire brought the recent theatrical version of their live show, playing the Reflektor songs "You Already Know" and "Normal Person." With the geometric stage design and the old-timey dance-rocker stage moves and the deeply ridiculous outfits, the entire spectacle felt… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 28, 2014

Laura Jane Grace Responds To Arcade Fire’s Defense Of “We Exist” Video

When Arcade Fire cast Amazing Spinder-Man star Andrew Garfield as a transgender woman in their "We Exist" video, they started a conversation about trans representation that they may not have meant to start. Against Me! leader Laura Jane Grace, a transgender woman, called them out on Twitter: "Maybe when making a video for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 27, 2014

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Responds To Criticism Of “We Exist” Video

Arcade Fire's video for pro-LGBT anthem "We Exist" featured a powerful performance from Andrew Garfield as a young man exploring and finding transcendence through his gender identity. It was our favorite video of the week. But some took issue with the casting of a cisgender actor in the role. Laura Jane Grace, the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 24, 2014

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2014

Laura Jane Grace Criticizes Arcade Fire’s Pro-LGBT “We Exist” Video

The video for "We Exist," a song from Arcade Fire's Reflektor album, is the band's attempt at a massive grand-scale pro-LGBT statement. It casts Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield as a transgender woman who, after suffering a hateful beating, hallucinates her way onto the Coachella main stage. But Against Me! leader Laura Jane… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2014

Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry Announces Solo LP Music For Heart And Breath

Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry just announced the release of a new solo album. Titled Music For Heart And Breath, the album features performances that are played in sync with the musicians' own breathing and heartbeat, according to Parry's website. The album will feature Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of the National,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 21, 2014

Arcade Fire – “We Exist” Video (Feat. Andrew Garfield)

Arcade Fire's "We Exist" is the Reflektor song about a son telling his father that he's gay, and a few weeks ago, the band posted a teaser for its music video. That teaser featured Andrew Garfield, currently playing Spider-Man in every multiplex in America, dressed in drag during Arcade Fire's Coachella set. A… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2014

Watch Arcade Fire Cover R.E.M.’s “Radio Free Europe”

During most of the stops on the Reflektor tour, Arcade Fire take some time out of their encore to cover a song from an artist that's native to whatever state they're playing. In Ohio, they covered Devo; in Philadelphia, they took on Boyz II Men's "Motown Philly"; in St. Louis it was Chuck BerryMore »

By: James Rettig / May 3, 2014

Watch A Teaser For Arcade Fire’s “We Exist” Video Starring Andrew Garfield

During Coachella's second weekend, Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man) appeared in a dress and wig during Arcade Fire's performance of "We Exist," the forthcoming Reflektor single about a son explaining to his father that he's gay. (Before playing the song Win Butler told the crowd, "The right to marry anyone you want is a human rights issue.")… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 2, 2014

Watch Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, Pharrell Play The IHeartRadio Awards

In addition to the debut of that "new" Michael Jackson song, last night's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards featured performances by Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Shakira ... wait, don't close your tab yet: there were also appearances by Kendrick Lamar and Arcade Fire. The whole idea of another televised music awards show… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 2, 2014

Watch Arcade Fire Nod To The Internet With “Get Right” In Columbus

Arcade Fire brought their Reflektor roadshow to my city last night. Presumably in honor of Columbus' derogatory "Cowtown" nickname, Win Butler wore a cow-print sport coat (not pictured). For their local cover of the night, they dusted off their take on Devo's "Uncontrollable Urge," and although the Akron-Kent area that spawned Devo is a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2014
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