This week marked a few very special moments in time for The Tonight Show. For starters, it was Jimmy Fallon‘s first week hosting the show, which is pretty monumental all by itself. Second, it was packed with guest performances by some of the industry’s hottest artists, like U2, Lady Gaga, and Tim McGraw. Last night, Arcade Fire brought a little indie rock life to the show with their hit, “Afterlife.” The performance even sported a spectacular light show, courtesy of a disco ball. Check it out below. (more…)
There’s something truly beautiful and intriguing about unplugged performances. They’re raw, real, and they offer a new look at bands we’ve already become captivated with. Performing for Triple J in Australia, Arcade Fire put together stripped down versions of “Normal Person” and “Joan Of Arc” off Reflektor, and “My Body Is A Cage” off Neon Bible. Dare I say these versions are just as good if not better than the album versions we’re accustomed to? Check it out for yourself below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. (more…)
Primavera Sound Festival has revealed its 2014 lineup, which boasts over 15 headliners including Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, and Kendrick Lamar. Taking place May 29th to 31st in Barcelona, the lineup will also include Chvrches, Haim, and Nine Inch Nails, in what is sure to be one of the city’s loudest nights. Check out the full lineup below.
Arcade Fire has had a pretty incredible 2014, and it’s only January. I mean, they were nominated for a BRIT Award, are headlining Coachella, and just generally seem to be on top of the world. I still hear “Reflektor” played constantly on indie radio. Plus, they’re currently touring Australia surrounding their time at Big Day Out Festival, so that’s pretty cool.
Speaking of, last night while at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the band covered INXS‘ “Devil Inside.” You can watch a fan recorded performance, and if you’re in the mood for an Arcade Fire/INXS mashup, you can listen to a new one by the Hood Internet below. (more…)
If there’s one band that’s been making headline after headline lately, it’s Arcade Fire. From the recent success of Reflektor to their controversial live show dress code, it seems the band has no plans of settling down. And why should they? Hot off the heels of their tour announcement, the band has just released a new music video for “Afterlife,” directed by Emily Kai Bock. The clip takes us deep into the dreamland of a father and his children, to a world filled with laundromats, parties, and beautiful black and white imagery. Check out the video for yourself below. (more…)
Per CoS, Arcade Fire have just revealed tour plans for 2014. The Canadian band will cover a shit ton of ground (not to get too technical), both stateside and abroad, in support of their latest album Reflektor. The announced dates include stops at international editions of Lollapalooza, as well as other major festivals, and the route looks kindly upon the chance that the band will be at Coachella.
Arcade Fire 2013-2014 Tour Dates:
11/15 “ Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
11/16 “ Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
11/19 “ Berlin, DE @ Astra
11/22 “ Paris, FR @ Pavillon Baltard
11/24 “ Brussels, BE @ Halles De Scharbeek
11/27 “ Blackpool, UK @ Empress Ballroom
12/07 “ Oakland, CA @ Not So Silent Night
12/08 “ Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas
01/17 “ Auckland, NZ @ Big Day Out
01/19 “ Gold Coast, AU @ Big Day Out
01/24 “ Melbourne, AU @ Big Day Out
01/26-27 “ Sydney, AU @ Big Day Out
01/31 “ Adelaide, AU @ Big Day Out
02/02 “ Perth, AU @ Big Day Out
03/06 “ Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum Center!
03/08 “ Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
03/10 “ Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
03/12 “ Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol energy Center
03/13 “ Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center
03/14 “ Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
03/16 “ Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
03/17 “ Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/18 “ Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
03/29-30 “ Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
04/01-02 “ Bueno Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
04/05-06 “ Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
04/09 “ Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
04/10 “ Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
04/23 “ Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/26 “ Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
04/27 “ St. Louis, MO @ Verizone Wireless Amphitheater
04/29 “ Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
05/01 “ Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
05/02 “ Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphiteatre at Lakewood
05/29/31 “ Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/12-15 – Aarhus, DK NorthSide Festival
06/21-24 “ Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/21-24 “ Neuhausen, DE @ Southside Festival
07/30 “ Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/08 “ George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
08/11 “ Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
08/12 “ Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
08/14 “ Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
08/17 “ Washington, DC @ Verizon Centre
08/19 “ Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
08/22 “ Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
08/23 “ Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
08/26 “ Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/30 “ Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
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Few bands have the kind of success Arcade Fire did with their first album. Fans and critics alike loved it, and the band was touted as the next big thing in music. Years went by, albums were released to increasingly mixed reviews, along with the inevitable backlash to their success, and all of the sudden the band found themselves with something to prove once more. They entered the studio in 2012, and this morning we have the latest single off their forthcoming album to share with you.
It’s hard to pin down exactly what genre the music created by Arcade Fire falls under, but it’s decidedly of the indie variety. “Afterlife” leaves behind the rock-leanings of records like Neon Bible for a sound far more grounded in pop sensibilities. Wavy synths play on while Win Butler sings about the passage of time, and as the hook kicks you in find yourself immersed in the middle of a Joy Division appreciation society. It’s shoegaze meets funky pop, and it’s far too infectious to resist. You can stream “Afterlife” below.
There was a time when Arcade Fire were considered pioneers in their genre, but “Afterlife” feels like a variation on the same sound Grouplove and Passion Pit have been riding for the last year. That’s not to say the song isn’t catchy, it most certainly is, but it’s interesting to see the group fall in line with what is already popular in the scene.
How do you feel about the latest from Arcade Fire? Comment below and let us know your thoughts. (more…)
It has been a minute since we heard from Arcade Fire, the award-winning indie act that essentially sparked the latest generation of uber-hipster bands. Now, Revolt TV claims to have learned that the band has quietly been prepping a new album for release, and it’ll be here sooner than you think.
According to their exclusive post, Revolt TV claims Arcade Fire will release their follow-up to The Suburbs on September 9.
The source also revealed that the album was recorded in multiple locations over the course of the last year. This includes the band’s widely reported stint this past March in New York at the DFA Records studio with LCD Soundsystem Frontman James Murphy.
Murphy was quick to downplay rumors that he was producing tracks for the upcoming album”acting as more of a creative consultant.
There’s a lot of them, and they’re mostly self-produced”like, they don’t need a producer in a certain way, he told Rolling Stone.
Whatever the case, you can rest assured we will continue to follow this album as it develops. Stay tuned for future updates.
Husbands and wives tend to make pretty good music together. See: Sony and Cher, Wings, Sonic Youth, Mates of State, Arcade Fire and about a million other acts, including Cedar Avenue. The Twin Cities band is led by Jessie and Derrin Mathews who, along with their bandmates, craft plaintive and ethereal indie pop. 7 Years unfurls with a tambourine rattle, lapping acoustic guitars and the charming back and forth of boy-girl harmonies. Electric guitars, pounding tambourines and pummeled drums ratchet up the urgency on Up North, while a scattershot beat picks up the pace on Tuesday. The diaphanous After All acts as a panacea to those hot flashes, smoothing over ruffled emotions with sailing falsettos, ebbing guitars and the treacle of a glockenspiel. Once you’ve heard the dreamy and dynamic melodies of Cedar Avenue, you’ll be a fan till death do you part.
Like most musicians at the age of twenty, singer-songwriter Rome Ramirez was inspired by the music he listened to growing up, including influential reggae group Sublime. Little did he know, he would not only be given the opportunity to jam with Sublime, but to also become their new frontman. The band had not performed as Sublime since the death of original vocalist Bradley Nowell in 1996, but founding members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh knew that Ramirez would be the right choice to sing for the newly reunited band. Sublime with Rome released their debut album, Yours Truly, in July 2011 and have been touring nonstop since. We had the opportunity to speak with Rome himself about fronting this legendary band, what it’s like to write with Bud and Eric and his future plans for a solo record.
OS: What is your musical background and how did it lead you to connecting with the members of Sublime?
RR: I started playing guitar when I was eleven years and I wanted to learn Sublime songs. I played other instruments too, but I was mainly a guitar player. I didn’t start singing until way, way later. I was in a studio in Orange County, and the studio owner was good friends with Eric, the bass player of the band. Eric would come by and hang out and shit, and over the course of time we started to jam. My soon-to-be-manager caught wave that a kid who kind of sounded like Brad was playing Sublime songs once in a while with Eric. She thought of the idea and talked to Eric, and Eric was like, “I was thinking the same thing!” Next thing was going up to Tahoe and seeing Bud…
OS: That’s crazy!
RR: Dude, it’s nuts. It happened so fast!
OS: What is like to be so young, but performing with a band that has a twenty year legacy?
RR: I grew up listening to that music, in particular, so to be able to pick up a phone and call them is just fucking weird [laughs], let alone being on stage and playing their songs!