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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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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, frontma…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2014 - 11:56 am
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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…
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…
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…
James Rettig | June 1, 2014 - 5:23 pm

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…
Tom Breihan | May 28, 2014 - 10:55 am
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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 representatio…
Tom Breihan | May 27, 2014 - 10:29 am
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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 hi…
Scott Lapatine | May 24, 2014 - 10:39 pm
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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
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2014 - 1:54 pm
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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 performance…
Miles Bowe | May 21, 2014 - 5:59 pm
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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
Tom Breihan | May 16, 2014 - 9:32 am
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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…
James Rettig | May 3, 2014 - 1:37 pm
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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…
Scott Lapatine | May 2, 2014 - 7:49 pm
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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 Second…
Scott Lapatine | May 2, 2014 - 10:24 am
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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…
Chris DeVille | April 30, 2014 - 10:05 am
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Hear Arcade Fire’s Live Reflektor Outtake “Get Right”

Before Arcade Fire released their Reflektor album last year, they aired a TV commercial that had a short clip of a song that didn't end…
Tom Breihan | April 29, 2014 - 3:53 pm
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Watch A Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Arcade Fire’s Reflektor Tour

Arcade Fire have been moving along on their massive tour with almost every night providing a new surprise, the most recent being a cover of…
Miles Bowe | April 28, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Arcade Fire, Jay Z, Pharrell, De La Soul Win Webby Awards

The results of the 18th annual Webby Awards are in, selected by an International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) panel including Ariana Huffington,…
Chris DeVille | April 28, 2014 - 2:33 pm
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Watch Arcade Fire Cover Chuck Berry, Mock Deadmau5 In St. Louis

Arcade Fire, on their current tour, are starting to adapt the practice of playing locally significant covers in different towns (see: "Dust In The Wind"…
Tom Breihan | April 28, 2014 - 10:34 am
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Watch Arcade Fire Cover Kansas’ “Dust In The Wind” In Kansas City

Arcade Fire's Reflektor Tour rolled into the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City last night where the band performed a cover of Kansas' "Dust In The…
Scott Lapatine | April 27, 2014 - 10:01 am
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