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The band Arcade Fire drew thousands of fans to a performance outside the Capitol Records building in Hollywood on Tuesday evening to roll out the new album "Reflektor."

The event was set for rush hour at the company's Vine Street headquarters in central Hollywood, just off the 101 Freeway.

Vine Street was closed between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca Street, a Capitol Records spokeswoman said.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Station warned people in Twitter to avoid the area due to heavy traffic in the area of Vine, Yucca Street and Argyle Avenue, all of which border the Capitol Records' iconic tower.

Attendees were told via email to wear their best attempt to "Be a Reflektor," with a Pinterest page provided for inspiration. Tickets were free but available by invitation or via social media challenges on musicexperiment.com.

The show was being put on in conjunction with the Music Experiment 2.0, an Intel and MTV site... [KTLA]

More pictures and some videos from the Tuesday evening LA 'Reflektor' release show, which was originally announced as happening at a secret outdoor location and which was one night after they streamed a performance via NPR , below...

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Beck - Station to Station
Station To Station - 2013


Beck has signed to Capitol Records, who will release his first album of all new material since 2008's universally acclaimed Modern Guilt in February 2014.

The new record, titled Morning Phase, has been described as a companion piece of sorts to Beck's 2002 classic Sea Change. Featuring many of the same musicians who played on that record (who are also currently accompanying him live) -Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner -- Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of that record, while surging forward with infectious optimism.

Morning Phase caps off a yearlong creative tear that traces back to the December of 2012 release of the lavishly packaged and illustrated Song Reader featuring sheet music for 20 new original Beck songs. The project quickly took on a life of its own, with musicians from across the globe recording their own interpretations, as well as Beck's own special shows featuring eclectic lists of co-conspirators putting their own stamp on the compositions. Following that, Beck re-imagined David Bowie's classic "Sound + Vision" with a hand-selected 160-piece orchestra... culminating with a groundbreaking interactive 360-degree filming of a live performance of the track. More recently, this summer brought us three rabidly received singles released digitally and on 12-inch vinyl ("Defriended," "I Won't Be Long," Gimme"), and September saw Beck custom-creating two performance pieces for Doug Aitken's Station to Station series of transient happenings, all interspersed with his current run of live shows--touted by reviewers the world over as among the very best of his career.

Complete track listing, exact release date, and further information re: Morning Phase will be released as it is confirmed.
We actually have pictures from those Station to Station shows and they're in this post. More below...

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Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan recently did some moonlighting as the singer on the new Soulsavers album The Light The Dead See. And [Saturday] night in L.A. at the famed studios of the Capitol Records building, the collaborators came together on the stage for a stunning seven-song set.

Backed by a six-piece band, Gahan and Soulsavers brought to life the full drama of the haunting new album. Opening with the gorgeous gothic tune "Presence Of God," a track that marries the sounds of Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, the group delivered one standout after another for a crowd of at most 150 people.

After the orchestral swirl of "In The Morning," Gahan said, "I've never been this close to people." This was likely true for a guy who's spent the last three decades in arenas and stadiums. And following the forty-five minute set, Gahan and Soulsavers' Rich Machin were overheard walking through the crowd talking about the sensation of playing at "eye level" for people.

It may have been unusual for them, but the performance was only enhanced by the intimacy. Among the other standouts were the simple ditty "Just Try," a song Gahan introduced as "the fun one," and the album's lead single, "Take Me Back Home," which took on a gospel feel with the back-up vocalists doing a call and response to Gahan's soulful wails of desperation.

Following the closing "Gone Too Far," Gahan said, "Thank you, that's all we've got," which wasn't an exaggeration. As of now, this was the only U.S. show scheduled for the group. After the set, Depeche Mode manager Jonathan Kessler explained that Gahan is now fully immersed in his day job. He is recording the new Depeche album in Santa Barbara, California, where Martin Gore resides, for an April 2013 release with a full world tour to follow, according to Kessler. [Rolling Stone]

More pictures from the intimate LA show, below...

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"NEW YORK - Capitol Records rock band Morningwood (Chantal Claret, Pedro Yanowitz), much-admired champions and torchbearers of the downtown New York scene, are returning with a new four-track digital EP to be released on August 12, 2008. The long awaited release will please fans including Alternative Press who included the group in their 'Most Anticipated Releases of 2008' issue earlier this year."