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Trent Reznor, Wayne Coyne Throw Shade At Arcade Fire

In a new guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, Nine Inch Nails leader Trent Reznor has some very nice things to say about David Bowie, his old tourmate and collaborator, and about Bowie's unexpected 2013 comeback album The Next Day: "I'm still unraveling the riddle that he presented. I'm still getting new meaning… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2013

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Music Videos Of 2013

We're in the thick of results season for Stereogum and Videogum's annual readers poll, the Gummy Awards. Your favorite albums and new artists of 2013 have already been revealed; now it's time to spotlight the videos closest to your hearts. It's a countdown heavy on superstars, whether by superstars you mean yesterday's rock… More »

By: Stereogum / December 18, 2013

Watch Arcade Fire In Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: Happy Holidays Edition

Zach Galifianakis has just posted a new "happy holidays edition" of his punishingly awkward web series Between Two Ferns, and this one has Tobey Maguire, a sweat-suited Samuel L. Jackson, and musical guests Arcade Fire, who sing "The Little Drummer Boy." Also, there are ornaments on the ferns. If you've seen any of this show… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 18, 2013

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013

Starting today we're rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum's annual readers' poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013's best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we're… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2013

Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year's best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating… More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2013

Noel Gallagher Slams Reflektor, Praises Yeezus In 2013 Recap

Here's how former Oasis co-leader Noel Gallagher describes his own personal 2013: "Fucking had a shit year. All I've done is sit around the house and become a fucking hypochondriac. Dog-shit year. Can't wait until it's over." But Gallagher also has something to say about the year in music, and he's said them in similarly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2013

Arcade Fire Announce More Tour Dates

Arcade Fire are going to spend a good chunk of next year touring North American arenas in support of their new album Reflektor, and as you can imagine, people are amped to see them, dress codes be damned. (Or maybe people are amped to dress up, too.) In response to demand, the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 4, 2013

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop's Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year's big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013

Watch Arcade Fire Play The Graham Norton Show

Following TV appearances in Germany and France earlier this month, Arcade Fire spent Thanksgiving performing their current single "Afterlife" on the UK's Graham Norton Show. The band appeared in disco lights, accompanied by some skeletons. Watch below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 30, 2013

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I was embarrassingly excited for it, and it took until near the end of Kanye West's "Bound 2" video for me to contemplate the possibility that it sucks. But yes, I'm pretty sure it sucks. There's some definite trolling involved, what with the sweeping Hallmark-card opening and the deranged mean-mugging and the beyond-obvious greenscreening. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 22, 2013

Watch Arcade Fire Play Three Songs On French TV

Arcade Fire stopped by a German TV show the other day and now they've moved over to France to do another appearance. Performing on Le Grand Journal they played "Reflektor," Afterlife," and "Joan Of Arc." Watch all the videos below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 21, 2013

Arcade Fire – “Afterlife” Video

The members of Arcade Fire don't appear in their brand-new video for the powerful Reflektor track "Afterlife," and nobody in the clip adheres to the band's live-show dress code. Instead, the great music-video director Emily Kai Bock starts things off with a tense Spanish dinner-table conversation, then goes deep into the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2013

Stream Arcade Fire’s BBC Radio 1 Session

Reflektor had such an insane marketing campaign driving it that hearing Régine Chassagne and Win Butler do some good old-fashioned radio promo is kind of refreshing. The band played a live session for BBC Radio 1, and their set included "Reflektor," "Afterlife," and "Normal Person." Zane Lowe chatted with Butler and Chassagne throughout the… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 19, 2013

Watch Arcade Fire Play German TV

After an elaborate buzz building campaign, Reflektor is now out, and rcade Fire are doing the pretty normal thing a band does next -- playing musical guest spots on TV shows. They showed up on the German television show Circus Halligalli yesterday to play through "Afterlife," one of our favorite songs off the newMore »

By: Miles Bowe / November 19, 2013

Is It OK For Arcade Fire To Have A Dress Code At Their Concerts?

UPDATE: Arcade Fire have issued a statement: To everyone really upset about us asking people to dress up at our shows... please relax. It's super not mandatory. It just makes for a more fun carnival when we are all in it together. So far these have been the best shows we have ever played. More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 18, 2013

Arcade Fire Announce Reflektor North American Tour

From singing "Reflektor" with a mariachi band to a North American arena tour in just a few days .... yep, the Arcade Fire have announced dates in support of their new double album. Tour dates below -- any guesses what festivals they'll play? More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 14, 2013

Watch Win Butler Sing “Reflektor” With A Mariachi Band

Two nights ago in London, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler grandly affirmed his dedication to doing goofy shit. The band was performing that night at the Roundhouse, and before the show, as people in formal wear were filing in, Butler, in a skull mask and hoodie, sang his band's "Reflektor," without amplification, as a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2013

Inside Arcade Fire’s Over-The-Top Reflektor Marketing Campaign

As with Daft Punk's Random Access Memories before it, Arcade Fire made a grand show of rolling out their new album Reflektor, unveiling hints and details and images and ideas about it before finally letting anyone hear a note of music. It seemed a bit sloppy at times, like when the title track leaked… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2013

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This past weekend's YouTube Music Awards presented an interesting conundrum for this column. The show labeled its performances as "live music videos," and pulled in big-name directors to help put them together. But they were pretty much still performances, except with extra stuff going on. Unfortunately, the YouTube people made the mystifying decision to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2013

St. Vincent’s Annie Clark Reviews Arcade Fire’s Reflektor

Our Band Could Be Your Life author Michael Azerrad recently started a website called the Talkhouse, entirely dedicated to musicians who write about music, and he's already scored a few major coups like that Lou Reed review of Yeezus. And now St. Vincent's Annie Clark has become the site's latest contributor, waxing eloquent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 7, 2013
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