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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 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
Michael Nelson | March 2, 2014 - 9:11 pm
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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…
Stereogum | February 24, 2014 - 2:18 pm
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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…
Chris DeVille | February 21, 2014 - 7:43 am
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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…
Tom Breihan | February 17, 2014 - 9:17 am
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U2, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake Booked For Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s First Week

We, as a society, have finally shaken off the grim specter of Jay Leno, who hosted his last Tonight Show last week. Jimmy Fallon will…
Tom Breihan | February 10, 2014 - 12:58 pm
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Arcade Fire Lead 2014 Juno Award Nominations

This year's nominees for the Juno Awards (aka the Canadian Grammys) find Arcade Fire up for Best Group, Best Single ("Reflektor"), Best Album, Fan's Choice,…
Miles Bowe | February 4, 2014 - 2:39 pm
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Watch Win Butler And Pearl Jam Cover “Rockin’ In The Free World” In Australia

Last year, Blur dropped out of Australia's Big Day Out Festival, allegedly due to some unresolved issue with their set time; they were said to…
Michael Nelson | February 3, 2014 - 11:11 am
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The Best Soundtrack Moments Of January 2014: Girls, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, & More

January has a bad reputation. Over the years, the pattern in which studios distribute their films has ossified, so that we automatically expect most "serious"…
Ryan Leas | January 31, 2014 - 5:10 pm
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Watch Arcade Fire’s Unplugged Triple J Session

Arcade Fire is among the "sunburned but beautiful" people of Australia for the Big Day Out Festival right now, so they stopped by Triple J…
Chris DeVille | January 30, 2014 - 10:52 am
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Stream Arcade Fire’s Her Score

Owen Pallett and Will Butler's score for Spike Jonze's Best Picture Oscar contender Her -- performed by Arcade Fire -- was nominated for an Academy…
Chris DeVille | January 23, 2014 - 9:47 am
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Watch Arcade Fire Cover INXS’ “Devil Inside,” Hear “Reflektor” Mashed With “Need You Tonight”

Arcade Fire are currently in Australia for a series of shows around the Big Day Out Festival, and at Sidney Myer Music Bowl earlier tonight…
Scott Lapatine | January 22, 2014 - 6:45 pm
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Karen O, U2, Will Butler, Owen Pallett, Pharrell Nominated For Oscars

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences just announced this year’s Oscar nominations, and amidst the big categories and the surprises (Philomena for Best…
Tom Breihan | January 16, 2014 - 9:05 am
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Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Has Hilarious Response To Mean Review: “Yeah, I’m A Super-Dork Because I Play With David Bowie”

Arcade Fire's fourth LP was an artistic triumph that came with oversized buzz thanks to a well-constructed marketing campaign. It was one of our favorite
Scott Lapatine | January 14, 2014 - 5:08 pm
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Watch Rainn Wilson Interview Win Butler

The actor Rainn Wilson, whose beard and flannel shirt will never stop him from looking exactly like Dwight Schrute forever, has a web video serie…
Tom Breihan | January 2, 2014 - 10:07 am
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10 Bands Who Banned Photos In 2013

Technological currents have carried us ever closer to cyborg status, our smartphones becoming more and more like permanent extensions of our hands. That includes at…
Chris DeVille | December 26, 2013 - 9:46 am
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The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Songs Of 2013

Oh, what a Gummy Awards it's been! As Stereogum and Videogum's readers poll has rolled on, we've seen your picks for 2013's best albums, new
Chris DeVille | December 24, 2013 - 9:43 am
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The Year In Unconventional Album Launches, From artRave to Indiegogo To SNL

The literary giant Alexis Krauss said it best: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. From big-budget campaigns to no-budget…
Chris DeVille | December 20, 2013 - 10:21 am
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Arcade Fire Headlining Glastonbury 2014

In a tweet this morning, Arcade Fire revealed a week of European dates that includes a headlining spot at Glastonbury, the grandaddy of British music…
Chris DeVille | December 19, 2013 - 12:16 pm
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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,…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2013 - 9:13 am
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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…
Stereogum | December 18, 2013 - 4:08 pm
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