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October 7, 2010
One promise that Arcade Fire keeps is crafting an old-fashioned, back-to-front exploration of one topic. In this case, it's suburbia, the album "The Suburbs' " most immediate symbol of complacency. But Arcade Fire's third album doesn't seek to condemn; the band knows that whether in a city ? its hometown Montreal or here in Los Angeles ? or a subdivision outside Houston (where front man Win Butler grew up), we're all grasping for meaning. We're searching in the shadows of the shopping malls that singer and multi-instrumentalist Regine Chassagne observes endlessly rising in "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
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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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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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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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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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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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February 14, 2011 | By Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Uprisings have been in the news of late, and here was another one. This year's Grammy Awards ceremony, telecast from Staples Center Sunday night, was a generational takeover and an airing of the widening gap between the traditional corporate music industry and the dynamic, diverse culture that's redefining the very nature of popular music right now. The long show's defining moment came at the very end, after the Montreal-based indie rock band Arcade...
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January 16, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer Paso Robles, Calif.
The sudden noise from beneath the floorboard of Win Butler's green-and-white GMC van sounds so violent as he speeds down Highway 101 that something feels seriously wrong. "Don't worry," says the founder of Arcade Fire, the superb band that's the new favorite of rock tastemakers. "We're just out of gas." Then why is the van shaking so alarmingly and the gas gauge showing plenty of fuel? "Oh, don't go by that," Butler responds. "There's something wrong with the needle, so we run out of gas a lot."
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May 31, 2007 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
"BETWEEN the click of the light and the start of the dream .... " When the Arcade Fire came to that phrase during the song "No Cars Go" at the Greek Theatre on Tuesday, the band emphasized the image by hushing its instruments and letting the audience clap along to a line that describes the setting for many of its songs.
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August 22, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Times Pop Music Critic
As SoundScan was announcing that Taylor Swift had once again topped the charts with a new single Wednesday morning, the tastemaking indie-rock website   Pitchfork was publishing its first-ever " People's List " of its readers' favorite albums of the last 15 years. Swift's multi-platinum music, of course, was nowhere to be found. Instead, confirming how fragmented the popular music landscape has become and how narrow-casting has changed music consumption, one of the Western world's most influential music sites made its premiere with a roster of male art rock bands, a little touch of hip-hop and a few female and/or nonwhite outliers.
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February 14, 2011 | By Ann Powers, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Uprisings have been in the news of late, and here was another one. This year's Grammy Awards ceremony, telecast from Staples Center Sunday night, was a generational takeover and an airing of the widening gap between the traditional corporate music industry and the dynamic, diverse culture that's redefining the very nature of popular music right now. The long show's defining moment came at the very end, after the Montreal-based indie rock band Arcade...
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2010
One promise that Arcade Fire keeps is crafting an old-fashioned, back-to-front exploration of one topic. In this case, it's suburbia, the album "The Suburbs' " most immediate symbol of complacency. But Arcade Fire's third album doesn't seek to condemn; the band knows that whether in a city ? its hometown Montreal or here in Los Angeles ? or a subdivision outside Houston (where front man Win Butler grew up), we're all grasping for meaning. We're searching in the shadows of the shopping malls that singer and multi-instrumentalist Regine Chassagne observes endlessly rising in "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
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January 16, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer Paso Robles, Calif.
The sudden noise from beneath the floorboard of Win Butler's green-and-white GMC van sounds so violent as he speeds down Highway 101 that something feels seriously wrong. "Don't worry," says the founder of Arcade Fire, the superb band that's the new favorite of rock tastemakers. "We're just out of gas." Then why is the van shaking so alarmingly and the gas gauge showing plenty of fuel? "Oh, don't go by that," Butler responds. "There's something wrong with the needle, so we run out of gas a lot."
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August 24, 2006 | August Brown, Times Staff Writer
THE last time Montreal-based electro rockers Wolf Parade were in Southern California, they were staring down a tent packed with thousands of sweat-drenched scenesters at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and they couldn't play their instruments. A few hours before their afternoon set, the laptop that stores nearly all of their synthesizer tones sputtered and died in the desert heat. Then, during sound check, the output jack on singer Spencer Krug's keyboard inexplicably fell silent.
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April 30, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
IT'S a gross generality to say that kids today have an inborn sense of privilege. Disapproving (bitter?) elders say that privileged young people expect it all -- lifelong comfort, satisfaction without much effort, drive-through food and instant Internet access. Such judgments are silly.
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