October 29, 2013 |
Arcade Fire has certainly found itself on a strange perch with its new album, "Reflektor. " The last time the Montreal-based group made a record, "The Suburbs," it did so as an acclaimed indie band - not a Grammy album of the year-winning act on the verge of becoming a household name. "Reflektor" accepts the challenge that comes with millions of ears, eyes and lenses aimed at it but does so by taking listeners on a journey unlike any they've taken before. Its most confident and experimental yet, "Reflektor" features songs steeped in punk, dance rock, disco, reggae and noise, and themes ranging from love in the Digital Age to faith amid profound tragedy.
October 25, 2013 |
In case you've been lost at sea and starved of Instagram, Twitter and potable drinking water for the last six months, the Arcade Fire have a new album out Tuesday called "Reflektor. " A few years in the making and mostly produced by the band with James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem, DFA) and longtime collaborator Markus Dravs, the album is the first from the Grammy Award-winning, Montreal-based band since it snagged the album of the year award for its 2010 record, “The Suburbs.” Recently Arcade Fire has been popping up in various cities - and "Saturday Night Live" and "The Colbert Report" - to market its release, and as part of the rollout the band had announced a Tuesday, Oct. 29, L.A. gig at an undisclosed location in conjunction with the MTV Iggy and Intel "The Music Experiment 2.0. " That undisclosed location, Pop & Hiss has learned, will be outside of Capitol Records building in Hollywood. No tickets are for sale to the show.
October 24, 2013 |
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.
October 22, 2013 |
This post has been updated; see below for details. The Arcade Fire keeps on burning. Hot on the heels of two small-scale warehouse shows in New York, the Canadian indie-rock band on Monday released a new song from its upcoming album, "Reflektor. " Like the title track that appeared last month, "Afterlife" layers frontman Win Butler's vaguely apocalyptic ramblings over a sleek disco groove presumably honed by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, who's credited as a producer on the album, due Oct. 29. RELATED: Best albums of 2013 so far | Randall Roberts It's one of two songs Arcade Fire performed Monday night on "The Colbert Report," along with " Normal Person ," for which the group did a version of the misdirection prank it pulled off in Brooklyn.
September 30, 2013 |
Pop phenomenon Lady Gaga, rapper Eminem and indie rock darling Arcade Fire are among the mainstream acts to headline the inaugural YouTube Music Awards. YouTube will host its first live-streamed music awards show Nov. 3 to honor top performers and songs. A day of musical performances from Seoul, Moscow, London and Brazil will precede the 90-minute show, to be live-streamed from Pier 36 in Manhattan. "It's our chance to really celebrate the artists and the songs that have become hits on YouTube over the past year," said Danielle Tiedt, YouTube's vice president of marketing.
September 12, 2013 |
This year's fall pop music season offers your average 21st century bounty, one with so many colors, textures, varieties, personalities and avenues for consumption that it's pretty easy to frame an argument depending on mood or agenda. Those observing gender and the pop marketplace, for example, can note that the season is heavy with commercially powerful female vocalists: New albums from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Cher, Kelly Clarkson and future superstar Ariana Grande look to rule the charts through the holidays.