Posted in music | pictures on April 14, 2014

Austin photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire w/ Debbie Harry / mirror man @ Coachella / "Obama" in Austin


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Arcade Fire were introduced by a man wearing a suit made of shattered mirrors and opened up their set with 'Reflektor', with Chassagne shining mirror discs strapped onto her hands into the crowd. "Alright guys, we're gonna give you every ounce of what we've got if you give it back to us," said frontman Butler before 'Rebellion (Lies)'.

Butler later railed against the various VIP areas at the festival to cheers from the crowd, commenting: "I just want to say that there's a lot of fake VIP room bullshit happening at this festival, and sometimes people dream of being there - but it super sucks in there, so don't worry about it." He also made a sly dig about the electronica/EDM heavy aspect of the festival, giving a "shout out to all the bands playing instruments this weekend" at the end of the set. [NME]

Coachella wrapped up its first weekend yesterday (4/13), after kicking off this past Friday (day 1 pics). Among the day 3 performers were Arcade Fire, who have played Coachella before, but this was their first time there as headliners. Among the bobbleheads that Arcade Fire have been featuring in their shows were President Obama and Pope Francis, who both made their debuts at Arcade Fire's recent show in Austin. Also like at that show, they played a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" into the similarly '70s new wave-style "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." But this time was more exciting because they were joined by Blondie singer Debbie Harry who was a guest singer at SXSW for the Dum Dum Girls (who also played Coachella). Debbie sang "Heart of Glass" with them, and she stuck around to sing backup on "Sprawl II" too. Watch a full set video of Arcade Fire's Coachella set, along with their setlist, below.

Speaking of Debbie Harry and covers, she's on the cover of the May issue of MOJO which is available now. Pictures of Coachella day 3 are coming soon, but meanwhile you can check out some pics from the recent Austin show (Obama bobblehead included) in this post. More below and many more at BV Austin.

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Arcade Fire Coachella 2014 Full Set

ARCADE FIRE - COACHELLA 2014 SETLIST
Reflektor
Flashbulb Eyes
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Joan of Arc
The Suburbs
Ready To Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
No Cars Go
Keep The Car Running
Afterlife
It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)
Heart Of Glass
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Normal Person
Here Comes The Night Time
Wake Up

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Comments (37)

arcade fire is every drone bomb's favorite band

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:33 AM

those bobble heads are dumb as shit

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:35 AM

they headlined in 2011.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:43 AM

ughh

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:44 AM

They still support Obama?

It's ok to admit you've made a mistake, guys.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:45 AM

I'm sorry, I have to ask…

WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO MUSIC?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:49 AM

Win Butler has got to be one of the most annoying frontmen of all time. "Shout-outs to all the bands playing instruments this weekend"? What a fucking prick

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:51 AM

winnie tries so hard to be a cool kid. someone needs to bully him back to the suburbs

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:58 AM

they most certainly headlined in 2011

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 12:01 PM

mountains beyond mountains is nothing but a rip off of heart of glass anyway

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 12:08 PM

Bono did this better in the mid 90s

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 12:13 PM

Quick poll!!!

Who would you...Debbie Harry or Regine Chassagne?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 12:14 PM

"shout out to all the bands playing instruments this weekend"

I suddenly have lots of respect for Arcade Fire.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 12:16 PM

11:51 yup

Posted by RustinPeace | April 14, 2014 12:22 PM

"hey everybody! remember when we put on a play in the 2nd Grade? let's remain tools in our late thirties and do the same thing!"

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 12:31 PM

Bono is doing this better in 2014, and he's like 73 years old

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 12:35 PM

> they played a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" into the similarly '70s new wave-style "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)."

'70s = A+ my friend. A fucking plus.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 12:40 PM

> mountains beyond mountains is nothing but a rip off of heart of glass anyway

ZOMG! I can not believe I never picked up on that, but now that you've mentioned it, I'm playing them both in my mind, and yeah, for sure, that AF cut is way too close for comfort. Damn. Friend, that is one fine ear you have. Maybe ears, even. Go tell The Chef to have a Medium-Rare BB on me.
- The Professor

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 12:43 PM

Apostrophes get sniped, but incomplete sentences get the green light? Que pasa, grammar fagggg?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 1:03 PM

my sympathies to the dude doing the live mix for this show

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 1:09 PM

Someone should've reminded him that originally coachella was an electronica and edm festival. He is just a guest now that it became a money grabing machine.

Posted by ME | April 14, 2014 1:12 PM

I really care about this.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 1:17 PM

"grammar fagggg?"

Homophobes R Kool.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 1:20 PM

Looks like some serious clown shit but yeah, at least they're playing instruments.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 2:24 PM

I think the violin player chick is enjoying the perks of pre-show catering a little too much these days

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 4:49 PM

Why do sucky bands tend to play festivals?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 5:19 PM

I suppose they think it's cute to disrespect our president with that shuckin and jivin Sambo bullshit fuck those faggots we will nuke their french canadian asses back to the stone age

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 8:24 PM

"those bobble heads are dumb as shit"

11:35 has spoken the truth. Now we can finally shut down the internet and all go home.

Posted by Axelrod | April 14, 2014 9:01 PM

I think bobble heads are kinda of groovy. Anti bobble head people don't know how to have fun.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 9:21 PM

Weird for a band that is selling VIP Packages for their tour to start blasting special VIP areas at Coachella. Does any of this really sound better than the Kogi truck selling kimchi quesadilla at Coachella's VIP:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/z3670q

I bet the VIP packages for Arcade Fire's show at the KFC Yum! Center had a great "Pre-show Bar with beer, wine, and appetizers." I'm sure that "Crowd-free merchandise shopping" was really exciting.

Fuck you, Win.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 10:18 PM

Is it me or is Obama's head looking unusually larger than his torso? I worry about his ruddy skin too. Probably stress after six years of his failed presidency.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 10:59 PM

Arcade Fire are even more loathsome than Dick Cheney. I wish both would just die already.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:51 PM

1214 Neither.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2014 2:23 PM

Too many people commenting on this have something shoved way too far up their asses. Calm down people. Bands can still have fun without asking you if it's okay first

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2014 5:41 PM

1:12, Coachella was NOT originally an EDM festival unless you consider Beck, RATM, and Tool as EDM...

Posted by rightwrong | April 15, 2014 6:04 PM

They sound better than ever. This is easily their best tour to date.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2014 4:51 AM

show espetacular!!!

Posted by Montenegro | May 8, 2014 5:07 AM

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