Entries tagged with: Arcade Fire
Television at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Polaris Prize-nominated Arcade Fire already have some incredible openers lined up for their tour including a Unicorns reunion at all three Barclays Center shows (Aug. 22, 23 & 24) in Brooklyn, as well as two California shows. Dan Deacon are on those Barclays shows too and it's now been announced that the third date will also feature NYC punk legends Television!
In case you weren't keeping up, let me repeat: You can see Arcade Fire, the reunited Unicorns, and Television on the same damn show. Tickets for all three Barclays Center dates are still on sale.
New York doesn't get all the fun though, another legendary band from that same era, Devo (who they covered) have been added to Arcade Fire's two Chicago shows and their Mountain View, CA show. Steve Mackey of Pulp (DJ set) and Antibalas were also added to select dates.
Updated Arcade FIre dates, including other shows with Spoon, tUnE-yArDs, the reunited Constantines, and more, are listed below...
The short list for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Drake, Mac DeMarco, Chromeo, Owen Pallett, Tim Hecker, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Timber Timbre, Tanya Tagaq, Shad, Jessy Lanza and Basia Bulat.
The winner will be announced at a gala on September 22. Who do you think it will be? Who should win? Last year it was Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Full list below...
Alden Penner & Nick Diamonds of The Unicorns in 2014 (via Unicorns Twitter)
photo by Laura Crapo
The Unicorns have been talking about a reunion but still nothing solidified as the bands' members continued to tour with their other projects. Now the reunion is official, as it was just announced they will open select dates on Arcade Fire's tour!! Those dates include all three shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center (Aug. 22, 23 & 24) and two at Inglewood, CA's The Forum. Dan Deacon opens all those shows and other Arcade Fire dates as well. Tickets for the Barclays Center shows are still available. All dates are listed below.
In January 2004 we caught the very-hyped Unicorns at a super packed Southpaw on 5th Ave in Park Slope. Fellow Canadians Arcade Fire weren't even on anyone's radar yet, but would soon take the indie rock world by storm. In November of that year, Arcade Fire and the Unicorns headlined Bowery Ballroom two days apart, but the Unicorns soon went the way of the unicorn. Eventually Southpaw went away too. Arcade Fire kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger, and then appeared a giant basketball arena called the Barclays Center just a few blocks away from where Southpaw once stood, co-owned by Jay-Z. Arcade Fire, who love basketball and attend secret Illuminati events with Jay-Z and the president, announced a few shows there. Then suddenly, like the Illuminati, Unicorns became real again.
Post-Unicorns project Islands are touring after that as well.
Coachella 2014 has featured a slew of unannounced guests over its two-weekend bow, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all came on Sunday night as Arcade Fire performed its headlining slot.Coachella 2014 weekend 2 just wrapped up, and like last week, featured a ton of guest appearances. This time headliners Arcade Fire, who brought out Debbie Harry at weekend 1, brought out two people dressed as the Daft Punk robots (but most likely not the actual members) for a slowed-down version of "Get Lucky." Not the first time that song was performed at the festival, considering Pharrell played it in his set a day earlier. Video below.
It was then that frontman Win Butler announced "some very special guests and we're just going to bring them up up front." Some in the crowd claim to have heard Butler say "Paft Dunk." [Billboard]
Arcade Fire also brought out Beck, who had covered Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" during his set that day, to sing with them on their cover of Prince's "Controversy." No video of this one yet.
Now that Coachella is behind them, they've added two LA dates to their ongoing tour, which hits Brooklyn for three nights at Barclays Center in August (tickets). Updated dates are listed, with the "Get Lucky" video, below...
We already posted day 1 pictures and day 2 pictures of the first weekend of Coachella 2014, and a set of day 3 is HERE, but here's a separate set of pics of Arcade Fire's headlining set that day. We already talked about their set, including the fact that Blondie singer Debbie Harry joined them for a cover of her own band's "Heart of Glass" and stayed to sing backup on "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." We also mentioned that Barack Obama bobbleheads and Pope Francis bobbleheads (which debuted in Austin) joined them, but what we didn't know is the actual person wearing the Pope Francis bobblehead was Aaron Paul, aka Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman, who was one of the many celebrities at the festival. That's a picture of Jesse with the Pope bobblehead above, via CoS, via Arcade Fire's manager.
More pictures of Arcade Fire's Coachella set below...
Austin photos by Tim Griffin
Arcade Fire w/ Debbie Harry / mirror man @ Coachella / "Obama" in Austin
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)'.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.
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]
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.
England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...
Arcade Fire (more by Eric Kayne)
Oh no! Arcade Fire reports that something (much more valuable than a basketball) went missing in CT:
Richy's bobblehead mask was taken from our show in Bridgeport, CT. This mask is a one of a kind piece that is an essential component to our live show. We have photos of the theft but rather than press charges we would prefer if the person who took it would get in touch with us to return it. Perhaps this is all an innocent mistake and you meant to leave the venue with your own oversized paper mache rendition of Richard Parry's head? Please contact: email@example.com with any information.I hope they get it back. Meanwhile, check out pictures and the setlist from that very show (maybe one of those masked crowd members is the culprit!).
photos by P Squared Photography
Arcade Fire are currently on their massive world tour in support of last year's Reflektor, and though we'll have to wait until August for their three Barclays Center shows (tix), they were pretty close to NYC this past Tuesday (3/18) when they played Brideport, CT's Webster Bank Arena.
Playing off the "two stage trick" they pulled in Brooklyn this past October, Arcade Fire had openers Kid Koala (of Deltron 3030 and others) and Dan Deacon play on a small stage in the back of the arena. This actually especially worked to Dan Deacon's benefit, allowing him to pull his own usual stunts with the crowd in a more intimate environment.
Then, like in Brooklyn, "The Reflektors" in their giant masks took the small stage for a song, before Arcade Fire dropped the curtain on the main stage and began their actual set. This time though, Win, Owen and Jeremy actually used the small stage during a song ("Supersymmetry") and sang back and forth with the singers who remained on the main stage. Like they've been doing at many of their recent shows, they covered Prince's "Controversy" during the encore. Otherwise their set was fairly evenly split between their albums, though only one Neon Bible song. After their set, Kid Koala came back out for an after show DJ set. Pictures of the show are in this post.
More, with a video and the setlist, below...
Note: It doesn't actually say Arcade Fire will be doing anything but being in attendance and possibly doing some talking, but tickets are still available for Thursday night's event which regardless is for a good cause. More details can be found in the press release below:
Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld (also of Bell Orchestre and The Luyas) just released a three-song EP, Black Ground, which doubles as bonus material for her 2013 LP, Hero Brother. The whole EP was co-produced by Nils Frahm and features arrangements from Owen Pallett on "Breathing Black Ground (Orchestral Version)." You can stream it in full below.
As mentioned, Sarah has a few solo shows coming up, including one in NYC this Friday (2/14) at The Kitchen. At Friday's show, she'll be joined by saxophonist Colin Stetson. Tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Colin Stetson next plays NYC without Sarah as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival on 3/22 at Merkin Concert Hall (tickets). In more related news, Owen Pallett's tour with Doldrums hits NYC this May, and Arcade Fire's tour hits NYC in August for three Barclays Center shows.
Meanwhile, speaking of Nils Frahm, his previously announced tour hits NYC on March 26 at Glasslands, and since we last spoke, he added a late show happening the same night. Both shows are with Douglas Dare, and you can get tickets to both. Updated dates are listed below.
Stream Sarah's new EP, with all lists of tour dates, below...
Meyers, Armisen and the new 'Late Night' house band...
Fred Armisen will be the bandleader on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The host (and former SNL Weekend Update anchor) tweeted the above picture this afternoon writing, "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia." The rest of the band includes Girls Vs. Boys bassist (and big time indie rock producer ) Eli Janney and, as Stereogum notes, that the band looks to include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav. Armisen and LSV are old pals. The new Late Night makes its debut on February 24 on NBC.
The Roots, meanwhile, will remain Jimmy Fallon's house band when he takes over The Tonight Show on February 17. (Keeping Questlove and crew was part of the reason the show is moving back to NYC.) Guests the first week of the show include Will Smith and U2 (2/17), Lady Gaga (2/18), The Arcade Fire (2/20) and, here's a shocker, Justin Timberlake (2/21).
In related news, Portlandia returns February 27 for its fourth season on IFC. Musical guest stars to look out for include TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and QOTSA frontman Josh Homme.
photos by Chris Graham
Arcade Fire / Hives / fans at Big Day Out, 1/19/2014
'Song 2' by Blur plays loudly over the P.A. right before Arcade Fire starts. Woo-hoo! Oh, how we laugh. Their twilight set is masterful. Ten musicians on stage throughout. A diverse range of material plucked from their four albums. Plenty of shiny stage props to look at. To me they've always felt like a band moments away from crashing and burning under the weight of their own pretension but their songs are just too damn good for it to matter. 'Reflektor', in particular, is a monster live: dramatic, immersive, surprising. They're afforded 90 minutes on stage and it's time well-spent, though newie 'We Exist' is pretty dreary. I get the sense that the players love the material as much as the crowd does - which might sound like a weird thing to say. But I find that most bands play to the audience, revelling in the mechanics of the performance itself, rather than playing for the fans and allowing some of that intangible 'magic' to rain down like so much glitter fired from cannons - [The Vine]While we're in the depths of winter in North America, its prime summer festival season in Australia. The Big Day Out is one of Australia's premier music fests, and occurs in five cities over two weeks, kicking off at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium & Carrara Parklands on January 19, featuring Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, Deftones, The Hives, Mudhoney, Tame Impala and lots more. We've got a set of pictures from the Gold Coast show in this post.
The 2014 nominees for "Canada's Music Awards" have been announced.
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
By Doug Moore
A few weeks ago, we mentioned that John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Dave Lombardo will be playing some dates together this spring. As unusual as that collaboration is, here's another that might be even weirder: saxophonist Colin Stetson, who's worked with Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Bon Iver and others, will play a set with bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Tomahawk) and drummer Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, ex-Liturgy) at Brooklyn's Grand Victory on February 9. IV, Daniel King, & Jeremiah Cymerman will provide support; tickets are available. Stetson has evidently worked with Dunn before, but it's still anyone's guess as to what this'll actually sound like. It's also an unusual opportunity to catch Stetson in close quarters; the bands he tours with most often rarely play in such cozy venues.
Speaking of touring, Stetson has some other live appearances in the offing. He's in Australia as we speak and will be back in North America for shows, including the aforementioned Ecstatic Music Festival on March 22 and the Big Ears Fest in Knoxville, TN. Check out all of Stetson's upcoming dates (and a few tunes) listed below.
Stetson's Constellation Records labelmate and sometimes collaborator, Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Belle Orchestre) will be in NYC for a show at The Kitchen on February 14. Tickets for this Valentine's Day show are on sale now. Neufeld, whose Hello Brother, came out last summer, has an Austin show coming up at Lambert's too. Datesare listed with everything else below.
Guardian Alien's most recent show was the final night at 285 Kent.
The 2014 Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning, with American Hustle and Gravity leading the way with 10 each. On the musical tip, The Arcade Fire's Will Butler and Owen Pallett were nominated for the score to Spike Jonze's Her, and Karen O got nominated for "Moon Song" from Her which she co-wrote with Jonze. Also: Pharrell Williams got a nomination for "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 as did U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandella: Long Walk to Freedom (which won the Golden Globe on Sunday).
One movie that might seem missing from the Best Original Song category is the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis but almost all the songs from the film were traditional folk, which is why its novelty song "Hey Mr. Kennedy" got a Golden Globe nomination. The Oscars will be given out Sunday, March 2. Full list of 2014 Oscar Nominations and a stream of Karen O's "Moon Song" below...
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning this year for two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4, at the Fair Grounds Race Course. The lineup was just announced and it includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Eric Clapton, Public Enemy, Big Freedia, Charles Bradley, Solange, Laura Mvula, Phish, Santana, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Bobby Womack, Allen Toussaint, Bombino and many more. Tickets for both weekends are on sale now. Full lineup below.
This announcement comes the same day as the lineup announcements for NYC's Governors Ball, Georgia's Counterpoint, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Fest, and Alabama's Hangout Fest (and not long after Firefly and Coachella announcements).
Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.
You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.
Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2014 - April 11-13, April 18-20
Read the full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
Arcade Fire just appeared on Zach Galifianakis' mock talk show Between Two Ferns, and to get in the holiday spirit they put their spin on an interesting version of "Little Drummer Boy. The episode also featured Samuel L. Jackson and Tobey Maguire.
Watch the episode below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?
Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of movie scores that are eligible for nomination at the 86th Oscars. Among the 114 are Arcade Fire's score for Spike Jonze's upcoming film Her and M83's score for sci-fli flick Oblivion. Other potential nominees include Faith No More frontman Mike Patton's score for A Place Beyond the Pines, DeVotchKa's Nick Urata for Arthur Newman and Max Richter's score for Wadjda. Most of the eligible scores are by usual suspects like John Williams, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Hanz Zimmer, and good ole Randy Newman.
Nominees for the 86th Oscars will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 AM PST. The Academy Awards happen on March 2. The full "longlist" of eligible scores is below (via Deadline).