Arcade Fire

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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Stream Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ on YouTube

The long-awaited and highly publicized Arcade Fire album, Reflektor, is now streaming in full. But it’s not on Soundcloud or… Read More

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Arcade Fire Ruined CMJ

In 2004, Arcade Fire were the new buzzband everyone wanted to see at CMJ Music Marathon. In 2013, Arcade Fire were the bunch of Grammy-winning millionaires who ruined it. That’s really saying something, too, because in reality, no one actually cares about CMJ. For most people, attending a CMJ show typically inspires the same enthusiasm as getting a dental cleaning. It’s an increasingly irrelevant music tradition that, much like a new sitcom about two buddies who live together in the big city, still seems to come around every October, whether people want it or not. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Tina Fey

“It’s a rebuilding year,” host Tina Fey reminded audiences, before making a quip about her plastic surgeon. The 39th season of SNL is upon us, and it didn’t arrive without the slew of inevitable “Will the show survive this season?” think pieces that sprung up after the departure of Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, and (soon) Seth Meyers.

Fey helped usher in six new cast members last evening (Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Mike O’Brien, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan), and the series broke tradition by affording the newbies more face time than normal. O’Brien is the only recognizable member amongst the freshman class. He spent several years behind the scenes as a writer for SNL and hosts the video series 7 Minutes In Heaven. Something hopeful: SNL‘s unknown featured players have fared better than bigger names — like Robert Downey, Jr. who joined the series in 1985 after a breakout performance in the film Tuff Turf and quickly vanished. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: Comic Strip / Music Mash-ups Inspired by ‘This Charming Charlie’

The Tumblr that has caught the attention of people across the Internet this week is This Charming Charlie, which mashes up panels from classic Peanuts comic strips and replaces the existential dialogue with the lyrics of Morrissey. When a friend tweeted that he’d rather see any other comic and musician mash-up, it made me think of other perfect pairings from the funny pages and your Spotify playlists. Check them out after the jump! … Read More

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Arcade Fire Tweet Album Release Date at Random Fan

So this just happened:

There’s no official confirmation from the band or their record company, but unless the band… Read More

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Arcade Fire Releasing New Album in September

The fourth studio album by Arcade Fire will be released on September 9. Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Revolt reported the… Read More

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