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Will Butler

Perhaps you've noticed that Arcade Fire's Will Butler (brother of the band's lead singer Win Butler) has played as a solo artist a couple times recently. Well he's now announced that he'll put out his first solo album, Policy, on March 10 via AF's longtime (but now former) label Merge.

In other Arcade Fire news, members Richard Reed Parry and Jeremy Gara recently talked about their punk roots on Fucked Up singer Damian Abraham's Turned Out A Punk podcast. You can listen to that below.

Richard Reed Parry also has a new work with The National's Bryce Dessner, Black Mountain Songs, making its world premiere at BAM tonight (11/20) (performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus) and happening again Friday and Saturday.

Punk podcast and a recent video of Will Butler playing solo in NYC below...

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Will Butler takes somewhat of a backseat to his brother Win in Arcade Fire but he'll be stepping into the spotlight on his first solo album which should be out sometime next year. He previewed songs last night at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right, his second solo show this year in the NYC borough. With backup singers and preprogrammed drums, he played a 10-song set for the sold-out room. The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, sonically. You can hear for yourself -- there's video of most of his Baby's set, and the setlist, below.

In related news, Will sings on "Tiger," the new single by Brooklyn act Ponyhof who themselves played Baby's not too long ago. Check out the video for that below as well.

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Benjamin Booker

Will Butler isn't the only Butler brother in Arcade Fire experimenting with solo work. Will's older brother Win, who also happens to be Arcade Fire's frontman, performed a DJ set at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans at the beginning of November. He billed himself as "DJ Windows 98" and shared the bill with Thundercat and Peanut Butter Wolf at the Pitchfork-sponsored event.

In the audience that night was rising New Orleans singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker who posted the above picture of he and Win to his Facebook. Days later Booker headed up to NYC to perform sold out shows at Mercury Lounge and Baby's All Right. He also appeared on WNYC's Soundcheck while he was here. You can listen to that appearance below.

Today, Benjamin announced a tour that has him returning to an even bigger venue in NYC, Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 3 (presented by WFUV). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/12) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the Soundcheck stream, below...

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Will Butler w/ Arcade Fire during Barclays Center Run (more by Mimi Hong) Will Butler

Will Butler of The Arcade Fire (and Academy Award nominee) is currently finishing up his debut solo album. He'll be in NYC on Wednesday (11/12) at Baby's All Right to play some new material. It's only one of a handful of live shows he's ever done -- his Rough Trade performance in August was his second -- and is also early (doors at 6 PM and over by 8 PM) and all-ages. Tickets are only $5.

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It's Halloween and the horror short films keep coming. First Avey Tare, and now Arcade Fire have put one out called Festi. The band gives the following description:

Festi, an Arcade Fire production.
In association with people in Austin.
A look back at the Arcade Fire summer festival tour, 2011.
It was directed by "Noreen Bauble" and stars the members of Arcade Fire, James Murphy, Fleet Foxes, The National, ZZ Top, Slash, Peter Gabriel and more. Watch the full spooky thing below...

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In case you forgot that 'Funeral' is turning 10 this month, Merge Records posted a reminder on a Brooklyn wall at N. 10th and Driggs in Williamsburg. Is there something more to this mysterious Arcade Fire marketing campaign? Merge Records won't say yet. They have been reissuing classic albums as part of their 25th anniversary. Stay tuned?

Meanwhile, Arcade Fire were just in Brooklyn for three big shows (and Will played one small one). They played some great ones from Funeral, like "Wake Up," as you can watch below...

Continue reading "There's a new Arcade Fire mural in Williamsburg, with Funeral's 10-years-ago release date on it"

Win Butler & Future Islands -- 9/2 in Montreal (photo by Mikey B Rishwain)
Win Butler and Future Islands

Future Islands' tour with Operators brought them to Metropolis in Arcade Fire's home city of Montreal tonight (9/2). Arcade Fire played their fair share of covers, sometimes with special guests, on their own recent tour. Keeping that spirit alive, AF frontman Win Butler himself surprised the Future Islands audience when he nonchalantly walked on stage to start singing FI hit "Seasons (Waiting on You)" with the band. Watch a clip below...

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Pop vs Jock 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Pop vs Jock

Arcade Fire singer Win Butler's annual charity basketball game, Pop vs Jock, will go down in conjunction with Pop Montreal once again this year. The game takes place on September 20 at the McGill University Sports Centre, and includes Win along with fellow Pop vs Jock alumni Will Butler (his brother, also of Arcade Fire), Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), and newcomer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Former NBA player Brent Barry and current player Matt Bonner round out the lineup as well. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds will go to DJ Sports Club, a charity offering sports and education programs to Montreal youth.

Arcade Fire were just in NYC for a three night run at Barclays Center.

Will Butler @ Rough Trade 8/21/2014 (via @ArcadeFiretube)
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Folks who went to Rough Trade on Thursday (8/21) to see The Clean's sold-out show and got there early were treated to a surprise: an opening solo set from fellow Merge artist Will Butler who would soon be playing three nights at Barclays Center with Arcade Fire. It was Will's second-ever solo show apparently. Anyone catch his set? How was it?

Friday's night's Clean show saw Ira & Georgia of Yo La Tengo join the band onstage.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Arcade Fire @ Barclays Center - 8/24/14
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Arcade Fire completed the three-night Barclays Center run of their current tour last night (8/24). Like the first two, Dan Deacon and the reunited Unicorns opened, but this one was extra special because it also included an opening set from New York's legendary Television.

The Unicorns kicked things off early at 7:15 PM, and unfortunately the soon-to-be-filled venue was mostly empty for them, but this rare set (one of six dates they're playing this year) was a treat for those in attendance. They mostly stuck to material from their classic Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, and despite Nick Diamonds and Alden Penner's more "serious" recent projects, they retained all the quirk from their Unicorns days for this show. Alden and Nick both ran around on stage, cracked jokes ("Some people have told us now that they've finally seen us they can die happy ... that is very accurate"), and seemed to be having a genuinely good time on stage playing those old songs. We certainly had a good time hearing them.

Television followed with an excellent set that included half of the classic Marquee Moon ("See No Evil," "Prove It," "Torn Curtain" and it's sprawling title track), but was more of a jammy psychedelic trip than a rehashing of old favorites. The band, whose lineup is 3/4 of the one that recorded Marquee Moon (Jimmy Rip in place of Richard Lloyd), are now almost 40 years past the release of that album and they don't perform all that frequently, but they were dead on last night. The interlocking guitar solos went on endlessly without dragging, and the rhythm section was locked in for all those jams. As improvisational as some of it sounded, parts like the ending of the instrumental break on "Marquee Moon" were exactly like the album. It was as powerful blasting from the stage at Barclays Center as it was the first time you heard it on record.

Immediately after Television's set, Dan Deacon got started on the small stage on the opposite end of the floor, hosting a huge dance competition on Barclays Center's ground floor which ended with the whole floor dancing. A second dance competition was then framed as a battle between Brooklyn DIY venue Death by Audio and NYC print-only show listings publication Showpaper. This was the second recent show we've attended that a now-big act playing to a lot of people in NYC gave props to Death by Audio from the stage (the last was Future Islands). Also spotted dancing in the crowd to Dan Deacon was fellow bald, bearded indie music maker Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav (Dan thanked him at the end). Dan's set was both a fun/funny activity for the crowd and an entertaining precursor to what was to follow.

Arcade Fire then took the stage at 9:30 for a 2-hour set (encore included) which was all thrills. At least in the world of music blogs and music twitter, Arcade Fire have gotten more than a little criticism for the last year or so of their career, which has included an elongated album rollout, lots of costumes, cover songs, and other gimmicks. But last night's show was such a truly good time, you'd have to be bitterly cynical to have been there and felt otherwise. Yes, it is a huge spectacle built for the huge venues they now typically play (this was their third arena show of the weekend in Brooklyn, and all three were full), but they do it without falling into bombast.

One of Arcade Fire's first NYC shows was ten years ago at the tiny Mercury Lounge (October 2004 to be exact). Core members Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, and Sarah Neufeld were all on stage that night, and impressively they're all still there ten years later. This time around they're joined by multiple other musicians (including sax genius Colin Stetson who you can catch in a more intimate environment at Baby's All Right TONIGHT (8/25)), a few people in paper mache bobblehead masks, dancers, confetti, and an elaborate light show, but they make it all unmistakably their own. The Arcade Fire of 2004 may not have written the dance-heavy "Reflektor" or "Sprawl II," but when the Arcade Fire of 2014 plays them right next to "Rebellion (Lies)" and "No Cars Go," nothing sounds out of place. The setlist was heaviest on Reflektor and lightest on Neon Bible, but it mostly felt like a very well curated collection of the many sounds Arcade Fire have made over the years, each song flowing perfectly into the next.

You know by now that Arcade Fire have been doing location-specific covers on this whole tour, and with NY Dolls' David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter) joining them for a cover of "Hot Hot Hot" on Friday, followed by Marky Ramone joining for two Ramones songs on Saturday, and Television opening last night's show (not to mention Deborah Harry joining them at Coachella), it seemed like a pretty good bet that they'd keep the CBGB theme going for this final show. And they did. But Television, though their opening set fit the theme, did not end up being the guest. Win Butler, like Dan Deacon before him, did point out how amazing it was to play with Television though. In fact, Win said last night's show was the best lineup of bands they ever played with at one show.

Arcade Fire & David Byrne
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The CBGB-themed cover ended up being Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream," after a fake-out of LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" playing through the PA as The Reflektors mimed the song from the smaller stage at the back of the floor. Nobody from Suicide joined them for this one, but they brought out Talking Head David Byrne (who was also on stage with Arcade Fire almost ten years ago) to sing guest vocals, complete with white face makeup on. It seemed like a good bet that David would be joining them when we heard he was spotted in the building, and we're pretty sure he was even out dancing in a mask to Dan Deacon. (There was a rumor they'd be covering Bruce Springsteen after someone got a hold of the setlist early, uploaded it to setlist.fm, and must have mistakenly not realized Bruce's recording of that song is in fact a Suicide cover.)

"Dream Baby Dream" segued into "Here Comes the Night Time," followed by "Normal Person" (which included Win singing "New York I love you, but you're bringing me down" over the intro, further teasing those of us who were hoping for a James Murphy cameo), and then the show ended with the longest-ever version of "Wake Up." Even after the song's huge ending and the crowd's applause, Win started singing the "whoa-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh" part again as he and the band walked off stage, then the horn players joined back in, and the whole band proceeded to leave the stage in marching band fashion (the same way they had entered the venue 2 hours earlier) playing the song even once the PA was turned off until they fully exited the room.

Pictures of the third and final night are in this post (though unfortunately none of the openers this time). Saturday pictures HERE. Friday pictures HERE. More from Sunday, with a video of the Suicide cover and AF's setlist, below...

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photos by Mimi Hong

Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon's dance circle / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center - 8/23/14
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The three-night run at Barclays Center of Arcade Fire's current tour, continued last night (8/23), with Marky Ramone joining the band for two Ramones covers, following NY Dolls' David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter) joining them on night 1. Diffuser.fm writes:

Arcade Fire tried to trick the audience into thinking they'd be covering Talking Heads' 'Psycho Killer' (which would have been awesome). It didn't take long for the real band to walk on-stage, invite Ramone to sit behind the kit and rip into an encore no concertgoer will forget.

We think it's safe to say Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler won't soon forget it either. Near the finale of the show, he told the crowd, "Thanks to Marky Ramone. That was a dream come true."

You already got a chance to browse the setlist from last night, and now you can check out a video of the Ramones covers and pictures of the whole show in this post.

Like the previous night, the show began with a special set from the reunited Unicorns, and then Dan Deacon did his thing, dance circles and all. The 3-night run wraps up tonight (8/24), and in addition to those two openers will include a set from CBGB vets Television. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Starts at 7:30.

More night 2 pictures and the Ramones covers video, below...

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Saturday night --- 8/23/2014 --- Arcade Fire Setlist
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Keeping the CBGB-special-guests-and-covers theme going in NYC, Arcade Fire brought out Marky Ramone to play drums on two Ramones covers during the encore tonight (Saturday) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The covers were "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement" and "I Wanna Be Sedated". Right before that there was a tribute to the Talking Heads which included "Psycho Killer" playing while a "Stop Making Sense" David Byrne video-head character came out on stage in a suit with a boombox by his side (they've also played with the real David Byrne before). You can see the full night's setlist above.

Marky Ramone started drumming for the Ramones after original member Tommy Ramone left the band in 1978. Tommy, the last living original member of the band, died earlier this summer.

Friday night's Brooklyn Arcade Fire show featured special guest David Johansen of the NY Dolls (as Buster Poindexter). Sunday's show has Television opening, and Arcade Fire promised more Sunday surprises from the stage tonight. Tickets are still on sale.

As mentioned yesterday, Arcade Fire also recently played with Blondie's Deborah Harry.

Check out our pictures from the Friday Brooklyn show. Stay tuned for our pictures from Saturday.

A photo of Win and Marky from the show's soundcheck, below...

Continue reading "Marky Ramone joined Arcade Fire for 2 Ramones covers Saturday @ Barclays Center (setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Arcade Fire / Dan Deacon / The Unicorns @ Barclays Center 8/22/2014
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The Unicorns
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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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"Buster Poindexter on stage with @arcadefire marks the official end of the hipster era. Irony overload. #Barclays #brooklyn #Brilliant" - alex rappaport

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I may be biased, but NY seems like the place to bring out your big special guests. I've been lucky enough to witness David Bowie and Talking Head David Byrne join Arcade Fire on NY stages in the past, and I had a feeling that after recently performing with Deborah Harry of Blondie and inviting Television to play with them on Sunday, that we were going to see some more CBGB legends involved as special guests at Barclays Center, at least in the form of the covers they perform each night on this tour.

Sure enough, Arcade Fire can now check another classic punk off their list. On their first of three nights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn -- unlike at most other tour stops, Arcade Fire brought out a special guest, and it was NY Dolls frontman David Johansen. There's a slight twist though; Johansen was playing as his '80s & '90s alter ego Buster Poindexter. They performed Poindexter hit "Hot Hot Hot" together during the encore. Check out a few videos and the whole setlist, below.

Our full set of pictures from Friday are HERE., including pics of openers Dan Deacon and the reunited Unicorns. Tickets are still available for Saturday and Sunday too.

UPDATE: Marky Ramone was the guest on Friday.

Video clips and Friday setlist below..

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The Unicorns are reissuing their seminal 2003 album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?, next week (8/26) and they've just shared one of its previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Let Me Sleep." Check it out below.

The band's few reunion dates include three Barclays Center shows with Arcade Fire and Dan Deacon (one of which is also with Television) in NYC this weekend. You can win tickets to the one with Television. Details below...

Continue reading "The Unicorns share bonus track from 'Who Will Cut Our Hair' reissue; NYC shows w/ Arcade Fire are this week (win tix)"

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Pitchfork

Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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Arcade Fire at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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As you probably know, Arcade Fire have been doing covers specific to the location they're playing on their ongoing tour, and last night (8/17) they did an especially cool one. At their show in DC, the band took on Fugazi's classic "Waiting Room," which you can watch in a video, below.

Their tour lands in NYC this weekend for shows on August 22, 23 & 24 at Barclays Center with the reunited Unicorns and Dan Deacon on all three dates, plus NYC punk legends Television on night 3. Tickets to all three NYC shows are still available.

Meanwhile, Fugazi's first demo is being released.

Video below...

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Arcade Fire at Fuji Rocks Fest 2014 (more by Erina Uemura)
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Arcade Fire's massive fourth album Reflektor has been out for almost a year now and it's still producing new singles, like "You Already Know" which just got the music video treatment. You can watch that below.

As you probably know, Arcade Fire have been doing covers at the shows on their ongoing tour specific to the location they're in. You can watch a couple of the recent ones -- Feist's "I Feel It All" (after the bobbleheads mimed Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend") in Calgary and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in Washington -- below. The tour hits NYC on August 22, 23 & 24 at Barclays Center with the reunited Unicorns and Dan Deacon opening all three dates, plus NYC punk legends Television on night 3. Who will they cover at those?

Australian hotshot producer Flume also recently remixed Reflektor track "Afterlife." You can stream that as well, with those videos, below...

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There is a groupon for $30 tickets (52% off) to see Arcade Fire's 8/24 show at Barclays with The Unicorns and Television.

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Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks (more by Erina Uemura)
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Arcade Fire are on a tour that recently hit Japan, and which will visit Brooklyn soon for three shows at Barclays Center (all with Dan Deacon and Unicorns, and one with Television!). On Wednesday (7/30) they played Mountain View, California, and it was at that show that a fan proposed to his future wife in the front row during "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)," much to Win's delight. Watch it all go down in the video below...

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photos by Erina Uemura

Flaming Lips / Outcast / Arcade Fire @ Fuji Rocks 2014
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The transition from indie darlings to stadium-rockers is rarely a painless one, although a decade on from the release of its debut album "Funeral," Arcade Fire proved that it has at least navigated that path better than most. The band's performance was mature and assured, although lacking the latent spark of aggression that had originally marked it as such an exciting prospect. Occasionally there was a flicker of the Win Butler and co. of old, such as the wonderfully anarchic and incongruous modular synth solo during "Reflektor." The group's renditions of "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "No Cars Go" were also particularly spirited, even if the latter's lyrics are perhaps a little bit too timely: "We know a place where no planes go."

Conversely, it's hard to imagine The Flaming Lips ever changing their style for anyone. Wayne Coyne, as ever, looked delightfully shambolic, outfitted in a combination of tinfoil and an "Attack on Titan" cosplay bodysuit that he'd no doubt copped from Don Quijote the night before. Naturally, he was flanked by giant dancing mushrooms. The group wasted no time, jumping almost straight into fan favorite "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1″ while unleashing a shower of confetti, setting the tone for a relatively short but saccharine sweet love-in. - [Japan Times]

The Fuji Rock Festival has been happening has been happening the last weekend of July since 1997. Originally held at the Base of Japan's most famous mountain, since 2000 Fuji Rocks has happened at Naeba Ski Resort and the 2014 was last weekend (July 25 - 27), featuring Arcade Fire, Outkast, The Flaming Lips, Saint Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, White Lung, Slowdive, SBTRKT, Disclosure, The Waterboys, Yoko Ono and lots more over its three days. Pictures from all three days are in this post.

Outkast, Lorde, Temples are among the Fugi Rocks performers who are in Chicago's Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza. Lot more pictures from the 2014 Fuji Rocks Festival below...

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Television at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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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...

Continue reading "Television added to Arcade Fire's third Barclays Center show w/ Unicorns; Devo added to Chicago & CA (updated dates)"

Polaris

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...

Continue reading "2014 Polaris Music Prize Short List revealed (Arcade Fire, Mac DeMarco, Drake, Owen Pallett, Tim Hecker, more)"

Alden Penner & Nick Diamonds of The Unicorns in 2014 (via Unicorns Twitter)
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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.

Continue reading "The Unicorns officially reuniting, opening for Arcade Fire! (including all 3 Barclays Center shows with Dan Deacon too)"

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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.

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]

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.

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...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire brought out "Daft Punk" for "Get Lucky" (video) and Beck for Prince's "Controversy" at Coachella"

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