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July 12, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Arcade Fire have popped the first shot in their forthcoming album roll out through a simple tweet in reply to a fan's compliment. The Canadian rock band, which last released an album, its Grammy-winning "The Suburbs," in 2010, will issue its new work on Oct. 29.  The announcement arrived after a fan named @fifferwright tossed them a three-word note:  @fifferwright Thanks. Our new album will be out October 29th. pic.twitter.com/CAgYucvimo - Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) July 12, 2013 Included was the vibrantly filtered flaming structure above, a construct whose design, made famous by visionary thinker R. Buckminster Fuller, is known as a geodesic dome.
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April 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
At about 10:20 p.m. Sunday, a panic swept through the grounds of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On one stage was Motorhead, with L emmy  Kilmister's aged growl calling to the desert wild. On another was Disclosure, whose crowd was swelling by the minute, lured by the act's ability to use a beat-driven sound to hit a range of emotions.  And then what was shaping up to a relatively pleasant end to Coachella's two weekends was upended.  Just as the Arcade Fire's set was to start, leader Win Butler introduced two special guests, only the two special guests were men in robot masks that happened to look an awful lot like those of Daft Punk, albeit their outfits were a little more unkempt.
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November 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Arcade Fire burned through the competition on its way to the top of the Billboard 200 this week. The Canadian group bowed at No. 1 on the album chart Wednesday with "Reflektor," which sold 140,000 copies in its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is Arcade Fire's second straight chart-topper following 2010's "The Suburbs," which won a Grammy for album of the year and sparked widespread chatter about indie rock's increased commercial viability. Yet as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out , "Reflektor" -- which the band recorded with help from James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem -- is being distributed by the Universal Music Group, a first for Arcade Fire.
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April 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Blake Shelton have been added to the bill at the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards. Clear Media and Entertainment announced the first slate of acts for the three-hour, fan-voted show early Monday. Also slated to hit the stage? Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Shakira, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran and Arcade Fire, which just closed out the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend. Acknowledging the array of music-centric award shows that vie to be the viral, more fun alternative to the prestigious Grammys, Clear Channel's telecast is promising a groundbreaking approach to the format.
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September 6, 2013 | By August Brown
Another day, another cryptic rune of Arcade Fire album release news. The Canadian rock band has been ever-so-slowly releasing morsels related to its much-anticipated new album "Reflektor. " What do we know for sure? It's out Oct. 29 on Merge Records, and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem helped on production duties. The title-track single will make rounds Monday at 9 p.m., with a video directed by Anton Corbijn. But a minor storm of new details popped up Thursday. As Pitchfork noted , an image of what looks like a new 12-inch single from the band has been circulating in indie-music-store circles, accompanied by a map of record stores on a site thereflektors.com (though it's not officially confirmed the band's behind it)
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September 9, 2013 | By August Brown
By now we've come to expect interactive Web videos from Arcade Fire, and the woozy user-controlled effects on the Vincent Morisset-directed  "Reflektor" don't disappoint. Go watch it at the band's new dedicated site , if you like.  What's new is that Arcade Fire made a straight-up disco single that Larry Levan might have dropped at Paradise Garage in a different era. (A limited-edition 12" single version of the track will also be available at Amoeba Records in Hollywood at 9 tonight.)
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November 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
At this month's YouTube Music Awards, Arcade Fire presented a so-called live music video for its song "Afterlife" directed by Spike Jonze and starring Greta Gerwig as a woman dealing with the departure of a lover by dancing her face off in the hallway of her apartment building. It was kind of touching -- and kind of embarrassing. Now the Canadian indie rock band has premiered a second clip for the song, from its new "Reflektor" album, and there's nothing so borderline-corny about this one. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Directed by Emily Kai Bok (who's also made videos for Grimes and Grizzly Bear)
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October 24, 2013 | By August Brown
If you're listening to Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" right now, thank Ireland's Rollercoaster Records. The Kilkenny record store jumped the gun on the Oct. 29 release date by putting the album on sale early. As things do today, it instantly spread to all corners of the Internet, and quickly changed the plans of what had been a long, meticulously cryptic roll-out. The band, in response, put up a high-quality stream of the entire album set to footage from the classic Brazilian film "Black Orpheus.
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October 31, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
As far as power ballads go, you could do worse than Taylor Swift's  “The Last Time," which features Northern Irish singer Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol. A dramatic back-and-forth duet between a man and woman about their failing but enduring relationship, the song is well-crafted, emotional and features an instantly hummable refrain. The drama is pushed forward when an orchestra arrives to amplify the tension beneath the chorus and gently lift the melody via strings and brass.
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February 14, 2011 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Arcade Fire is likely the first band to play an L.A. DIY hardcore punk space on a Friday and follow it up with a Grammy album of the year award on a Sunday. The Montreal indie rock band's victory was one of the biggest upsets in recent Grammy history, with a visibly stunned frontman Win Butler thanking the Staples Center crowd before playing a second song at the ceremony simply, as he put it in his speech, "because we like music. " The seven-strong ensemble, fronted by the husband-and-wife duo Regine Chassagne and Win Butler, has grown from a cult band beloved by indie websites like Pitchfork to album chart-toppers with last year's "The Suburbs.
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April 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
As the second and final weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was in full swing, Lauren Mayberry of rising electro-pop trio Chvrches assured attendees that they had made the right choice. "You guys are lucky," she said midset Saturday. "Last week was a rehearsal. " She wasn't the only one thankful for a do-over. A reunited OutKast completely revamped its Friday night set, delivering a livelier and more streamlined performance, one that did away with guests and didn't back-load the hits.
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April 11, 2014 | By Todd Martens
While attendees to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival can increasingly enjoy such lush accouterments as four-course meals and beauty studios, there are plenty of perks for those staying closer to home this weekend, including air conditioning and open seating at many in-demand L.A. coffeshops and cafes. There's also the ability to watch a number of the fest's name acts online and from the comfort of your home .  Coachella 's rather robust live stream returns in 2014, which for the first weekend will be broadcast on three different channels via YouTube . Top-billed artists such as OutKast , the Acrade Fire, Lorde , Duck Sauce and Pharrell Williams are just a few whose full sets will be airing on the site.
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April 8, 2014 | By Todd Martens
All right, Coachella goers, it's time to plan your weekend. Are you watching dance-pop artist Ellie Goulding or the return of the Afghan Whigs the first day of the fest? On the second day, are you heading to Foster the People, or is that the time you had earmarked for a visit to t he Sephora Collection Beauty Studio? Promoter Goldenvoice on Tuesday released the full set times for the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which begins Friday in Indio, Calif.
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January 8, 2014 | By Todd Martens
On Jan. 1, concert promoter Goldenvoice posted a video online of a giant incandescent snail motoring its way around revelers at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Since then, Goldenvoice has been hinting at artists performing at its annual desert festival at the calm, leisurely pace of a mollusk, albeit a hype-generating mollusk, averaging about one reveal per day. Last night came the first real surprise, as a video from hard rock outlaws-turned-legends Motörhead was placed on the official Coachella site and all its social media tentacles.
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January 8, 2014 | By Todd Martens, This post has been updated and corrected as indicated below.
A reunited OutKast will anchor the 2014 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The Grammy-winning hip-hop act last released an album in 2006. The rap duo will be joined by indie rockers the Arcade Fire, British act Muse and a reformed Replacements.  Other acts at the top of the bill for the dual Coachella festivals, set for the weekends of April 11-13 and April 18-20 on a polo field in the desert city of Indio, include Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Haim, Beck, Calvin Harris and Neutral Milk Hotel.  Remaining tickets for the two weekends will go on sale Jan. 10 via the official Coachella site.
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December 20, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: Daft Punk, "RAM" = Robotic French duo channel vibe of Studio 54, "Thriller" & Giorgio Moroder. Perfect clone for new android ears. #getlucky "Spring Breakers" soundtrack: Dubstep 'n inst. score capturing spirit of moment just as 'Singles,' '16 Candles' & 'Apocalypse Now' before. Earl Sweatshirt, "Doris": Odd Future rapper's work marked arrival of smart LA voice "in the midst of a tornado/Misfitted like Clark Gable.
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August 7, 2010 | By Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
"Say, 'Hi, Internet!' " Win Butler of the Arcade Fire urged the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. "Let's show 'em what they're missing!" His rallying cry was oddly peevish, considering that this second night of the Canadian ensemble's headlining debut at New York's famed sports arena was being webcast worldwide, with top filmmaker Terry Gilliam serving as director. Yet it struck the core of what makes the Arcade Fire crucial to so many young (and young-hearted) rock fans: the power of voices and bodies moving molecules together, which can't be replicated in cyberspace.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
What does a once-scrappy indie-rock band do after scoring its second No. 1 album? Announce an upcoming tour of some of North America's biggest venues. That's what Arcade Fire did Thursday, less than a week after the Montreal group's "Reflektor" debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 140,000 copies. Set to launch March 6 in Louisville, Ky., the trek will extend through Aug. 30, when Arcade Fire is to play a hometown show at Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners No Southland dates are currently listed on the itinerary -- which includes stops at the Gorge in Seattle and Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre (where the band recently performed as part of Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit)
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November 22, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Big week for music videos, right? Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan -- all have released talked-about clips over the last few days, and that's not even getting to the mind-blower that is Kanye West's "Bound 2," in which the rapper pretend-rides a motorcycle with his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, through a digitized version of the American West. Impressive as they are, though, none of those videos goes on for as long as it takes for the Earth to rotate on its axis. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times That's how long Pharrell's new one lasts.
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November 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
At this month's YouTube Music Awards, Arcade Fire presented a so-called live music video for its song "Afterlife" directed by Spike Jonze and starring Greta Gerwig as a woman dealing with the departure of a lover by dancing her face off in the hallway of her apartment building. It was kind of touching -- and kind of embarrassing. Now the Canadian indie rock band has premiered a second clip for the song, from its new "Reflektor" album, and there's nothing so borderline-corny about this one. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Directed by Emily Kai Bok (who's also made videos for Grimes and Grizzly Bear)
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