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Arcade Fire’s Will Butler on Going Solo, TV’s Golden Age, and the State of Political Music

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Will Butler tends to be the person having the most fun at Arcade Fire shows, onstage or otherwise. To paraphrase another big Canadian band, he has a history of taking off his shirt. This guy’s joy over being near big sounds can radiate through an arena, which is evident by the mischievous look on his face when he pounds a spare snare or climbs the scaffolding. Butler bottles a bit of that energy through rockabilly, new wave, and hints of political discourse on his debut solo album, Policy, which is out today on Merge.
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Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Made Coffee: A Barista Weighs In

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On Friday, February 13, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler helped lead his team to a 59-51 victory in the NBA All-Star celebrity game, scoring eight points and snagging 12 rebounds. The next day — Valentine’s Day — he popped into La Colombe Torrefaction‘s new Hudson Square location, brewed his own Haitian coffee in a Chemex, and served it to customers in small, demitasse-sized takeaway cups. As a professional barista, the juxtaposition was surreal to observe, though the results were mostly ordinary. 
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Grammys 2015: Who Should Win vs. Who Will Win

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From Beyoncé singing Martin Luther King’s favorite gospel song to Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney teaming up for what is sure to be a performance dripping in denim, this Sunday’s Grammys offer a number of reasons to watch that have little to do with the awards themselves. But most importantly, between inter-generational collaborations that no one asked for, the Recording Academy will give out statues, many of them to the same group of superstars they recognize every year. He, we weigh artistic merit versus the past voting habits of Grammy voters to name who should win — and predict who actually… Read More

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The 25 Greatest Songs About City Life

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Most big cities with any sort of history have a song. If that city’s New York, it has about 1000 of ’em. But to be a classic of the genre, the song has to speak to bigger themes about city life, be it the hustle, the danger, or the beauty below the filth. Here are the 25 best, from Lou Reed to Nas to The… Read More