Posted in music | pictures on August 23, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center 8/22/2014
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Arcade Fire kicked off their three-night stand at Brooklyn's sprawling Barclays Center last night (8/22). As mentioned, after the bobblehead version of the band appeared on a second platform to mime New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis," Arcade Fire brought out David Johansen in Buster Poindexter mode to perform his 1987 hit "Hot Hot Hot," complete with a conga line of more bobbleheads and carnival-goers that all ended up on the stage and stayed up there for the equally joyous "Here Comes the Night Time." The band's two-hour set hit on all four albums and in addition to "Hot Hot Hot" they worked in a bit of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" with "Keep the Car Running." Pictures, video and setlist are in this post.

Dan Deacon kept the crowd entertained and engaged during his opening set, including one of his signature dance circle / danceoffs. The Unicorns, who reunited to open this tour, started off the evening by playing almost the entirety of 2003's Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, which was just reissued. After the show, Win Butler invited everyone to stick around Barclays for a post-show dance party DJ'd by Pulp's Steve Mackey.

Arcade Fire, Dan Deacon and The Unicorns do it again at Barclays Center tonight (8/23) and on Sunday (8/24) NYC rock legends Television are added to the bill as well. Tickets to both are still available. More pics from Night 1, including people in costume, are below...

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Arcade Fire - Hot Hot Hot @ Barclays Center, 08-22-2014

Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) @ Barclays Center, 08-22-2014

Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) @ Barclays Center, 08-22-2014

Arcade Fire - Here Comes the Night Time @ Barclays Center, 08-22-2014

Arcade Fire - Haiti HD @ Barclays Center, 08-22-2014

SETLIST: Arcade Fire @ Barclays Center, Aug 22, 2014
Reflektor
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Joan of Arc
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)
Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
We Exist
Keep the Car Running (w/ LCD Soundsystem's 'All My Friend's' snippet)
No Cars Go
Haïti
Afterlife
It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus) (Régine on B-stage)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) ('Damian Taylor Remix' intro)

Encore:
Hot Hot Hot (w/ Buster Poindexter)
Here Comes the Night Time
Normal Person
Wake Up

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Comments (51)

Is Win rocking Yeezy Red Octobers?

Posted by Yeezus | August 23, 2014 12:01 PM

YAY WHITE PEOPLE!

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:21 PM

Great show. Don't bother with the openers. Bowie on Sunday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:51 PM

^You are an idiot. Bowie is not performing with them on Sunday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:53 PM

You missed out on Bowie asshat. You should have been there when they played Central Park. Thank god I saw them play then. This show looks like a fucking joke.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:57 PM

Guesses on where the Unicorns will play down the road?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 12:58 PM

How was security getting inside the venue? Pat downs or walk right in?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:01 PM

Set times?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:13 PM

i would love to see joan river's fashion crew evaluate arcade fire.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:17 PM

man, the crowd in those videos is really good at standing still and looking like no one is having any fun.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:18 PM

Yes, set times please

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:18 PM

Set times:
The Unicorns - 7:30 pm
Dan Deacon - 8:15 pm
Arcade Fire - 9:00 pm - 10:50pm

Security:
metal detector wand over body and bag check. no pat-down.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:41 PM

security was confiscating metal butt plugs at the door, but rubber ones were ok

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:44 PM

buster came out to no applause, kids didn't know who he was...

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 1:51 PM

Security is a metal detector and secondary wanding if you set off the machine.

Set Times:
7:30 The Unicorns
8:15 Dan Deacon
9:00 Arcade Fire

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:01 PM

The singer from Unicorns was seen begging security guards to let him return to back stage. He had a laminate but the guards wouldn't let him get past. It was funny.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:05 PM

"You missed out on Bowie asshat. You should have been there when they played Central Park. Thank god I saw them play then. This show looks like a fucking joke."

Lmao, what a comment. Wow, bro, you were there a whole 9 years ago. Tell us some more cool stories about the epic shows you've seen, bro!

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:10 PM

in 2004 the arcade fire opened for the unicorns

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:26 PM

anybody got more photos/vids of Dan Deacon dance-things from last night? wolf-hat dude checking in for memories' sake

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:30 PM

Hopefully the visuals distracted from the fucking terrible music being performed last night.

It's true....there's an ass for every seat.

Shit heads.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:32 PM

the unicorns were good, lo-fi all the way and some great tunes... sure they didn't have a brass section, two extra percussionists and bobble heads, but they were great...

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 2:35 PM

2:32
and your ass took up an entire row...

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 3:00 PM

You could call this: "Everything Wrong with Brooklyn in a Single Series of Photographs."

No music was actually performed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 3:20 PM

Tuff Ghost > the entire Arcade Fire catalog

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 3:26 PM

It was a good show for $20 seats in lower section. You just have to ease up and enjoy. They have a lot of hits and they play them. Not a lot of new album thankfully. Drink lines were longest I've ever seen at Barclays.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 3:56 PM

Get bent

Posted by blayne | August 23, 2014 4:22 PM

This is music for pre-teens. Hey it's a market to sell to right?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 5:19 PM

So many white people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 5:29 PM

unexpectedly negative comments . . . show was a letdown, I gather?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 5:57 PM

I think this music is for annoying white douchebags of all ages. Loving Arcade Fire is just a basic and necessary component of being a rich neo-Brooklynite fuck. (This means you.)

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 5:59 PM

Odd to see such negativity about this band on an indie music site!

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 6:01 PM

^ don't listen to the trolls... This is a phenomenal band with who put on a spectacular and ENTERTAINING show...

Most of the commenters are probably tight ass head bobbers waiting for the next warehouse show to watch some ameteur douche blast shit from their PA.

Do yourself a favor and I see Arcade Fire tonight!... Or tomorrow

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 6:05 PM

Maybe it's because Arcade Fire destroyed "indie" music. Three nights at an arena?

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 6:06 PM

Indie... pssh

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 6:10 PM

Thanks ticket agent for trying to sell us on going to an underselling show with a shitty headliner an oversized, sterile arena. Sounds great! If only the Shins were on the bill too!

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 6:12 PM

Arenas are all pretty sterile no? The garden used to be like an oversized subway station? I'd rather go to Barclays.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 6:22 PM

Oh please, Arcade Fire did not "destroy" indie music. So many "indie" bands have sold out before them.
If anything, websites like Pitchfork and this website right here have done more damage to the indie scene by putting unnecessary hype around crappy pop bands like HAIM and Blood Orange.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 6:26 PM

Regine is kinda cute for an ugly chick.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 6:31 PM

626 - Agreed. But this band still sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 6:34 PM

5:29, the only black people at the show were the ushers. This was the whitest show I've ever been to, except for when I was dragged to see Elton John a few years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 7:02 PM

Look at these people...

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 7:07 PM

3:56- the show was great,but they did do 7 songs from the new album.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 7:24 PM

awful… watch Battle for Brooklyn you dumb-dums. you're supporting russian billionaires with this dumb "indie" arena b.s.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2014 11:11 PM

indie smindie, i just want to see a band i like!

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 12:11 AM

WOW! What a nice pics!

Posted by Friv | August 24, 2014 2:35 AM

EVERYTHING IS LAME

Posted by ahoy polloi | August 24, 2014 11:22 AM

i love the unicorns guys lime grew jump suit

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 12:28 PM

1257 This is easily their best tour. They are a better and more interesting band than years back. As for Bowie, were you there on the Heroes tour back in '78? I guess that makes you the "asshat" whatever that stupid term means.

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2014 2:11 PM

Looks like people had a great time. Isn't that the point?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2014 9:05 AM

9:05 - I like your style

Posted by Amander | August 27, 2014 5:58 PM

I blame Mac McCaughan

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 6:37 PM

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