The Arcade Fire @ Irving Plaza

I just got home from the second night in a row of The Arcade Fire in NYC. It was my fifth time seeing them live, and it was absolutely the best show yet.

Some factors that made it the best:

1) Irving Plaza is a great venue (Clear Channel aside).

2) Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) on violin. I hope he becomes a permanent member of the band, though I doubt it.

The Arcade Fire @ Irving Plaza

3) They weren't tired, and no technical difficulties. When they played Mercury Lounge, they drove in from Canada that night. At Webster Hall they were late and stressed because of their Conan O' Brien appearance.

4) The crowd was not dead. Limited dancing like all crowded NYC shows, but the crowd was going as wild as they knew how.

The Arcade Fire @ Irving Plaza

5) DAVID BYRNE of the Talking Heads performed Naive Melody with the band (as David Bowie watched from the balcony - pic below)

The Arcade Fire @ Irving Plaza

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Download: Arcade Fire performing Naive Melody live with David Byrne (WAV Audio File, right click, save as)

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Final Fantasy MP3s here.

Download the Conan O'Brien Video here (torrent) or here (video file)

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