Return to The Suburbs: Two New Arcade Fire Songs!

Thanks to the folks of ListenBeforeYouBuy.net, we can listen to two new songs from the upcoming deluxe edition of Arcade Fire's Grammy-winning album The Suburbs. … [Read more...]

One of the best live bands in the world…

... is onstage at Madison Square Garden in a show that will be streaming online on August 5. … [Read more...]

Buckle up: We’re going to The Suburbs

For several years, my friends and I lamented the lack of any rock bands on the horizon that would craft work as substantial and meaningful as The Beatles, The Stones, Pink Floyd, U2, and REM?Was Radiohead really going to be the last of the visionary bands?Sure, there were some impressive acts in the interim.But where was the band that would write prophecy? Weave melodies and music that were more than audacity and noise, that were interacting in meaningful ways with the lyrics? Where … [Read more...]

Bruce Springsteen with Arcade Fire

If you can ignore the dumbass psycho-fans shouting the most ridiculous things they can imagine into the camera's microphone...then you might get a bit of a thrill by watching Bruce Springsteen join The Arcade Fire for: … [Read more...]

LOUD NOISES!

(Photo posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/perplemaggie/.)CAN YOU HEAR ME?I CAN'T HEAR MYSELF!MY EARS ARE RINGING, AFTER MORE THAN THREE HOURS OF STANDING NEAR THE FRONT OF A WILD-AND-CRAZY CROWD WHILE THREE LOUD, LOUD BANDS ROARED THEMSELVES HOARSE: GOSSIP, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, AND THE ARCADE FIRE!MOSHING IS SO 1994, BUT APPARENTLY NOBODY'S NOTICED!! I'M EXHAUSTED!! TERRIBLE WALL-OF-SOUND ACOUSTICS!! EARSPLITTING FEEDBACK!! AND THEN THE ARCADE FIRE'S TSUNAMI OF NOISE!!BUT … [Read more...]

Revealing Interview with Arcade Fire’s Win and Regine

You may have already heard Arcade Fire saying some of these things in other interviews, but this is worth reading anyway.I would post some excerpts, but if I start clipping my favorite parts, I'll end up clipping most of the interview. … [Read more...]

Read it and weep: U2 and Arcade Fire onstage together…

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Yep, that's Bono kneeling toward the right, smack in the middle of Arcade Fire.U2 and Arcade Fire played together last night, performing Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart."For those that were there, it must have been Thanksgiving all over again.For me, Thanksgiving is officially ended, unless someone can find me a recording of this performance. … [Read more...]

Specials: Born into Brothels exhibit in NY.

Today's specials:The New York Times reports on the Kids with Cameras exhibit. If you've seen Born Into Brothels, you'll want to see this...Peter T. Chattaway groans over The Great Raid. (But Phil Boatwright at Crosswalk calls it the best film he's seen all year. Hmmm.)Todd Hertz swallows The Skeleton Key and chokes.Carolyn Arends honors Saint Ralph.A priest decides to use The Matrix to make faith appealing... about five years behind the trend.Arcade Fire … [Read more...]

Specials: See Sufjan! Costello/Harris tour. Arcade Fire buys a church. Terry Teachout goes to a movie alone. More.

Today's specials:Now you can watch Sufjan Stevens play Morning Becomes Eclectic. He plays music from 2005's best album thus far... Illinois.Get ready. Elvis Costello's gonna tour with Emmylou Harris.First, The Arcade Fire release the best album by a rock band in the last two years. Then, they buy a church.R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe reflects on the last ten months of touring. Hopefully his enthusiasm will help him record a better album than Around the Sun next … [Read more...]

Specials: Linford Detweiler! Radiohead! Balthazar!

Today's specials:"We often end up writing the music that we need to hear at the time." My latest interview with Over the Rhine's Linford Detweiler is up!Radiohead's OK Computer is the best album of the last 20 years, says Spin Magazine. Well, they're wrong: The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby both deserve the honor more, but hey, considering how wrong they could have been, I'm not going to complain much. OK Computer's definitely in my top ten list for the last 20 years....New … [Read more...]


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