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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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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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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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October 29, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic
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.
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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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October 22, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
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.
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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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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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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November 1, 2013 | Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | Randall Roberts, Pop Music Critic
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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