Arcade Fire

Coachella Lineup Announced

Coachella has posted its 2014 lineup! The concert will take place Fri-Sun April 11-13, then again with the same… Read More

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What Pitchfork’s Top 10 Songs of the Year Say About Us

It’s become something of an end-of-year tradition to look at what’s probably our generation’s most representative end-of-year list — Pitchfork best songs of the year — and ponder what it says about its readership. After all, the music we’ve found ourselves listening to over the course of a year is a pretty good indication of where our heads have been at. And so, with the publication of this year’s list, it’s time once more to over-analyze the top 10 and see what it has to say about the year gone by. … Read More

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Stereotyping You by Your Favorite Album of 2013

It’s that wonderful time of the year! Yes, it’s December, which means we get to make many end-of-year lists and generally pontificate about what we liked and didn’t like about 2013… but more importantly, it’s also the time when we get to apply gratuitous stereotypes to music fans everywhere. It’s something of a tradition at Flavorwire to ponder what your favorite album of the year says about you, so without further ado, here we go again! (Our obligatory disclaimer: this is a lighthearted exercise, so don’t get all pissy about it — and, yes, our stereotype is on here, and it fits perfectly.) … Read More

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The 10 Most Overrated Albums of 2013

It’s end-of-year list-making time, and right on cue, the first bunch of Best-of-2013 lists are starting to appear on various blogs and in magazines. And, as ever, there’s a certain orthodoxy about them, a pattern whereby you see the same record appear on list after list, and find yourself scratching your head and saying, “But, wait, that album sucked!” Well, if it’s any consolation, it’s not just you. Here are ten records to which your correspondent has had the same reaction — albums that seem to have gotten universal love despite being at best flawed and at worst… Read More

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Flavorwire’s Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

Everyone knows that the holidays are a time for tradition, so here’s one of Flavorwire‘s long-time favorites: doling out gifts to some of contemporary culture’s biggest and boldest icons. Whether they’re dead or alive, naughty or nice, whether they’ve been a cultural touchstone for five decades or five minutes — everyone deserves presents this time of year, right? So with that in mind, click through to find the perfect gift for the Miley Cyrus, Joss Whedon, or J-Law in your life. You know you’ve got… Read More

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Arcade Fire’s Concert Dress Code Is Just Another Manifestation of Arcade Fire’s Lack of Imagination

Win Butler and I don’t seem to have much in common, but there is this one thing: We both attended boarding schools around the turn of the millennium — and, to be more specific, boarding schools that enforced dress codes. (Here’s his alma mater Phillips Exeter Academy’s.) If anything, this bit of shared experience has me even more baffled than your average Arcade Fire fan about the “formal attire or costume” requirement for their upcoming tour. … Read More

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50 Songs That Are Guaranteed to Make You Cry

Strip away the creeping pumpkinspicization of fall, and there’s something somber and inherently melancholy about this time of the year. It’s when the days get shorter, the leaves fall off the trees, the skies are gray, and the air is cold enough to demand scarves and hats. And it’s also the time to huddle up by the open fire, drink tea, and listen to sad music! With that in mind, here’s a playlist inspired by our recent list of heart-wrenching movies — an epic selection of songs guaranteed to make you cry, from the tear-jerkingly forlorn to the moving and… Read More

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10 of Arcade Fire’s Most Embarrassing Lyrics

I feel a little sorry for Arcade Fire lately! Here they were, kings and queens of the world, but with this latest album the enchantment is apparently wearing off. People are writing mean things in national newspapers about their sex lives, and calling them “dorks.” … Read More

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Reminder: A Negative Review of Arcade Fire Is Not a Negative Review of You as a Person

I haven’t listened to the new Arcade Fire album yet. I’ll get around to it eventually, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of showtunes, which is probably not as cool according to my indie-rock-loving straight friends, although, hey, I do love a Sondheim tune. Not that I should have to qualify that in any way, simply because I don’t believe in guilty pleasures — to jokingly suggest that you’re ashamed about something you like reminds me of the line Edith Wharton wrote in The House of Mirth: “Miss Bart was discerning enough to know that the inner vanity is generally in proportion to the outer self depreciation.” We typically use our personal tastes to define us — you can see this on any online dating site, where pop-culture titles determine personality — and that’s why the Internet, and Internet-based cultural criticism, facilitates reactions from readers who assume that a bad review of, say, the new Arcade Fire album is a bad review of them. … Read More

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Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ Is ‘The 20/20 Experience’ of Indie Rock

Pretty much every review of Arcade Fire’s new album Reflektor, positive or negative, has referred to it as “ambitious.” Rolling Stone‘s David Fricke gushes about the record’s “decisive, indulgent ambition”; Consequence of Sound calls Win Butler “rock ‘n’ roll’s Christopher Nolan, a hyper-literate artist who crafts reliable, intelligent, and challenging blockbuster events that sweep our minds away,” and even the normally sensible Lindsay Zoladz at Pitchfork manages to describe the song “Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)” as “aim[ing] to be nothing less than all the Beatles songs at once (‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Revolution 9′ included)… it inevitably falls short, but it’s hard not to admire the effort.” … Read More

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