“Wait, which one is married to a model?” – random person @ Lollapalooza who thought Mumford & Sons was Kings of Leon
No. Neither Kings of Leon nor Mumford Sons will be performing at Lollapalooza this year, but there are a boatload of other acts that make-up the official 2017 rundown at Chicago’s Grant Park. Continue reading →
Following up on last week’s “I Give You Power” collaboration with Mavis Staples, Arcade Fire have shared two new versions of the single – a full instrumental cut and a choppier “Broken Speaker” remix. The song (and the “alternative songs”) marks the Canadian outfit’s first new material since 2013’s Reflektor and benefits the American Civil Liberties Union.
When an artist’s last record was a widely acclaimed magnum opus double LP, it’s understandable that they’d want to take a while to make sure its successor is as amazing as possible. So even though it seems like forever away when Win Butler is telling Pitchfork that the next Arcade Firerecord will be out in spring 2018, maybe — you know, that could be kind of a good thing.
In the meanwhile, the band has been giving us some very early appetizers to dig into — the fired-up industrial funk of “I Give You Power,” co-starring Mavis Staples, hit our earbuds last week. And today, we’ve got a preview of the band’s new concert DVD, The Reflektor Tapes / Live at Earls Court, out this Friday. Continue reading →
We don’t often have guest DJs on the Indie Rock Hit Parade (in fact, the title was previously held by just Jon Wurster). This time around, we got a pair of very special guests to curate their own playlist for the Hit Parade. Abbi Jacobson is one of the creators and stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City, and her dad Alan is the president of Philadelphia-based design partnership ex;it + J2. Together they join host Eric Schuman to chat about Abbi’s rigorous work schedule, Alan’s fandom of Broad City and their shared connection to the Golden Slipper organization. They also share some of their favorite music picks from Courtney Barnett, Tom Waits and Arcade Fire’s Will Butler.
Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is a pretty special one, so make sure you’re tuned in at 11pm ET on WXPN (not too long after Making Time RADio with Dave P, you know?). On this week’s full two-hour show, we’ll be joined by a pair of guest DJs: co-creator and star of Comedy Central’s Broad City, Abbi Jacobson, and her dad Alan! The pair chat about their connection to Philly and, in particular, to the Golden Slipper organization. They’ll also play a few of their own favorite songs from Courtney Barnett, Tom Waits and Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. Also on tonight’s show, a spotlight on the newly released album from Steve Gunn. The former Kurt Vile sideman just released Eyes On The Lines, the latest in an evolving string of solo records. And be on the lookout for new tunes from Weaves, Big Thief and Wild Beasts in the mix, too…
On January 16th, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Arcade Fire got together to pay tribute to David Bowie in New Orleans with a Pretty Things parade in New Orleans. Standing on the balcony in New Orleans’ Preservation Hall, overlooking a massive crowd of Bowie fans gathered to pay tribute to his life, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, along with Ben Jaffe, the creative director and musician in Preservation Hall Jazz Band greeted the crowd on St. Peter Street.
“We are here today to celebrate the life of David Bowie,” proclaimed Jaffe. “There are few artists that could possibly bring together this incredible group of people,” Jaffe went on to say. Butler weighed in “God Bless David, wherever you’re at.” Continue reading →
It’s Carnival season, meaning two weeks of worldwide festivities leading up the Christian season of Lent. In 2014, Canadian art-rock juggernaut Arcade Fire was on tour during Carnival and found themselves in Haiti, performing a stripped-down “Here Comes the Night Time” from Reflektor while surrounded by costumed revelers. A video of the performance appeared today care of Artists Institute of Jacmel, Haiti, and it gives both a candid, fly-on-the-wall view of the celebration as well as the band’s low-key performance. Watch it below. Continue reading →