Outside of having released one of the best albums last year, Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) has proven himself an expert at performing bare and direct renditions of iconic songs. For CBC Music, he covered Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” off their same-titled 2010 album — which CBC naturally suggested was chosen due to his fandom of Canadian music.
AUSTIN, TX: To quote the leader of one of the biggest rock bands in the world, “It’s a waste of mental energy to think about this cesspool. You should just be in your …Read More
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.
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.
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
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