Arcade Fire

What American Music Festivals Could Learn From Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound — held annually in Barcelona since 2001 — doesn’t have much use for filler. In this respect, it’s the opposite of your average American music festival. The abundance of mediocre acts to bulk out lineups has become a problem on the US festival circuit as the industry has ballooned and bookings have begun to shift in order to attract the widest possible group of popular music consumers. Once a destination-oriented industry, the American music festival has become a regional concern. In towns you’ve never heard of across America, there are festivals with a few years under their belts, proudly boasting artisanal food stands and The Killers headlining every… Read More

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Arcade Fire Have Nothing to Say About the Transgender Experience

The Arcade Fire, bless them, just released the video for their single “We Exist.” I’m writing about it because it will, no doubt, be Controversial: the video features Andrew Garfield as a character who’s meant to be either a trans woman or a man with a penchant for cross-dressing (it’s unclear exactly which — the video description on YouTube just speaks of “a young person’s struggle with gender identity”). Our protagonist dresses up in short shorts and a wig, ventures to a paint-by-numbers hick dive bar, gets harassed by the clientele, escapes into a sort of fantasy world where the menacing rednecks are transformed into latter-day versions of the Village People, and then ends up stepping into the light as a bona fide rock star. Um. … Read More

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10 Must-See Coachella 2014 Moments You Can Watch Online

Just like that, the first weekend of Coachella 2014 has come and gone, and now all we have left are a few hipster jokes and the lingering sensation that there’s a feather headband out there biding its time until next year (or next weekend). The three-day music festival featured 169 performances by bands, solo artists, and DJs, but through the massive lineup of acts, there are a few moments that stand out. Don’t worry if you weren’t there — you can watch them online, sans dust and… Read More

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Arcade Fire Covers Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”

Cover any Blondie hit, and it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser — unless you royally eff up. Thankfully, Arcade Fire… Read More

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tUnE-yArDs Return with ‘Water Fountain,’ First Song off New Album ‘Nikki Nack’

Every music critic’s favorite semi-popular art-freak, i.e. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, is back at it again after three… Read More

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Arcade Fire Covers Prince’s “Controversy”

No one expected Arcade Fire to go particularly bare bones in concert, and it looks like the band is living… Read More

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Stereotyping You by Your Favorite Valentine’s Day Sex Jam

If you’re looking to show your significant other a proper Valentine’s Day, you need a proper soundtrack to go along with it. Whether you’re the type who spends bags of money to hire a violin quartet to accompany your romantic dinner or a straight-up slow-jams fan, V-Day requires just the right amount of mood music. … Read More

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