November 21, 2013 |
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)
November 15, 2013 |
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)
November 6, 2013 |
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.
November 1, 2013 |
One of the great musical bummers of our time has been the wholesale narrowing of the phrase "dance music. " In modern-day parlance, it's come to signify mostly the thump-based electronic beats created on computer and delivered by DJs in sweaty EDM clubs. But on Halloween night in Hollywood while zombies, sexy nurses, skateboarding skeletons, Waldos, Mario Bros., little lambs and murder victims wandered Sunset Boulevard, a masked rock band called...
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.