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Arcade Fire Close Out Coachella With Fake Daft Punk, Real Beck

Last night, Arcade Fire headlined the last night of this year’s second Coachella weekend. The previous week, they’d brought Debbie Harry to the stage and covered Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass,” and their stage show also included Aaron Paul in a pope costume. But on the second weekend, Arcade Fire did something considerably more curious. Every… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 21, 2014 - 9:16 am

Aaron Paul Ended Up At Coachella After All — He Was The Pope Onstage With Arcade Fire

Last week we heard about Aaron Paul’s quest to get paid by some corporate sponsor for attending Coachella just like Lea Michele and Vanessa Hudgens. Looks like Paul, who is a huge festival fan and met his wife at a past Coachella, ended up at last weekend’s festivities after all. As CoS points out, Scott… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 16, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Watch Arcade Fire’s Full Coachella Set Featuring Debbie Harry

Last night, Arcade Fire headlined the final night of this year’s first Coachella weekend, and by most accounts (including that of our own Chris DeVille), they stepped the fuck up. The band recently covered Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass” live, and they did it again last night, with the important caveat that they brought Blondie leader… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 14, 2014 - 9:32 am

Coachella 2014: The 7 Best Things From Sunday

More like guestival amirite? Cameos dominated Coachella all weekend, but Sunday was especially saturated with them. Arcade Fire had Debbie Harry. Motorhead had Slash. Jhene Aiko had Drake and Childish Gambino. Disclosure had Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, and Aluna Francis. Even Justin Bieber was there to jump on stage with Chance The Rapper, a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 14, 2014 - 8:34 am

Hear Arcade Fire’s Live Cover Of Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass”

It would appear that Arcade Fire’s embrace of disco and funk has already gone way beyond their Reflektor album. At a show in Houston last night, the band covered Blondie’s beyond-classic disco jam “Heart Of Glass,” with Régine Chassagne handling the vocals and the band doing a strong version of that song’s supple groove. Chassagne… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Win Butler Discusses How Nirvana Inspired Arcade Fire

Kurt Cobain and Nirvana made a lasting impact on the landscape of music, and that they made the same type of impact on their fans. And some of those fans went on to become musicians in their own right. Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler was one of those fans, and he recently shared his thought… More »

By: Sam Behrens / April 4, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Watch Julian Casablancas Crash Arcade Fire’s Lollapalooza Argentina Set

Lollapalooza Argentina went down this past weekend, and we’re just now getting our first reports of rock-star hijinks. Arcade Fire experienced their second heinous act of heinous bobblehead thievery, as Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas (who didn’t exactly impress in his own Lolla Chile set during the same weekend) interrupted the beginning of Arcade Fire’s set… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2014 - 9:15 am

Arcade Fire, Tegan And Sara Win 2014 Juno Awards

Last night, the Junos, Canada’s fiercely national answer to the Grammys, held its 43rd annual awards ceremony. Arcade Fire weren’t there because they were performing at Lollapalooza Chile, but they still took home the night’s biggest award, winning Album Of The Year for Reflektor. (CBC reports that they sent in a taped acceptance video.) But… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2014 - 10:02 am

Arcade Fire Seek Bobblehead Stolen In Bridgeport

One of the oversized papier mâché masks that Arcade Fire have been using on tour was stolen after a show in Bridgeport, CT last week. The bobbleheads have been a staple in the band’s live shows this year and were seen in the “Reflektor” video. The thief is presumably still at large and you ca… More »

By: James Rettig / March 24, 2014 - 11:33 am

Here’s How Fans Dressed Up For Arcade Fire In Philadelphia

Last fall, Arcade Fire caused a stir when they included a note on Ticketmaster requesting that fans wear formal attire or costume to their upcoming concerts. While their small warm-up shows in Montreal and Brooklyn featured this mandatory dress code, the band clarified that anyone upset about it should relax, because dressing up for the… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 18, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” In Philadelphia

Are Arcade Fire going to cover a region-specific song in every city they visit on tour? Is this going to be like Taylor Swift bringing out guest singers at every show? Because if so, that’s awesome. The band already covered the Constantines when they played Toronto last week, and when they visited Philadelphia last night,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2014 - 8:57 am

Watch Win Butler In A Three-Point Shootout Against Toronto Raptor Amir Johnson

Arcade Fire were just in Toronto for a live show where they brought out a fake Rob Ford. And while there, co-leader Win Butler, a serious basketball head, taped a goofy segment for Off The Record, a show on the Canadian sports network TSN. During the segment, Butler, wearing a Public Enemy baseball jersey, get… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Constantines, Bring Out Fake Rob Ford In Toronto

Arcade Fire’s string of geographically appropriate covers continued last night in Toronto, where they covered “Young Lions” by the rugged, recently reunited Toronto post-punk masters the Constantines. (They previously covered Prince in Minneapolis and Stevie Wonder in Detroit.) Win Butler also loaded up another disgraced local politician on his video mask as in Detroit; thi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 14, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Watch Arcade Fire Cover Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” In Detroit

Arcade Fire have made a habit in these early days of their massive Reflektor tour to cover a different classic at each show. First there was a cover of “The Last Time” by the Rolling Stones in Louisville, and then video of Prince’s Controversy” in Minneapolis. Last night in Detroit the band performed Stevie Wonder’… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 12, 2014 - 10:24 am

Watch Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Video With Arcade Fire, Beck, Jack White, & Many More

Yesterday we heard about the impending launch of Neil Young’s PonoMusic through Kickstarter. Now the Kickstarter is live with a promo video featuring a dumbfounding parade of musical luminaries singing Pono’s praises. Watch Arcade Fire, Jack White, Beck, Eddie Vedder, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Foo Fighters, Sting, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Mike D,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 11, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Hear Arcade Fire Cover Prince’s “Controversy” In Minneapolis

In a nod to Minneapolis, where they played the second night of their U.S. tour earlier tonight, Arcade Fire kicked off their encore with a cover of Prince’s “Controversy.” The song was actually on the setlist for the tour opener in Louisville Thursday night, but they ended up playing the Stones’ “The Last Time” instead. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 9, 2014 - 1:33 am

Watch Karen O & Ezra Koenig, Pharrell, U2 Perform At The Oscars

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony is unusually relevant to us Stereogum types: Not only is the Arcade Fire up for Best Score (for the Her score, composed by Will Butler and Owen Pallett), but Pharrell, Karen O, and U2 are in contention for Best Song (for, respectively: “Happy” from Despicable Me 2; “The Moon Song”… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 2, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Photos: Arcade Fire @ Carnival In Jacmel, Haiti 2/21/14

Arcade Fire have a long history with Haiti: Co-leader Régine Chassagne’s parents immigrated from there to Quebec in the 1960s; the band have raised a lot of money for the country in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake; and most of Reflektor was recorded in and inspired by the country. Over the weekend, the… More »

By: Stereogum / February 24, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Watch Arcade Fire On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon’s first week as host of The Tonight Show has been stacked with stars of the rock (U2), pop (Lady Gaga), and country (Tim McGraw) variety. And although some might say they’re “punching above their weight,” Arcade Fire — the festival-headlining possessors of two #1 albums and one Grammy for Album Of The Year… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 21, 2014 - 7:43 am

Watch An Interview With Régine Chassagne About Haiti In Advance Of Arcade Fire’s Carnival Show

Arcade Fire co-leader Régine Chassagne has family roots in Haiti; both of her parents emigrated to Canada from the country. And the band has a lot of history with the impoverished nation; they’ve raised a ton of money for earthquake relief, and they’ve also played shows and recorded much of their 2013 album Reflektor there. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2014 - 9:17 am
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