Arcade Fire seem to be on tour constantly as of late. The Canadian rockers can currently be found across the pond in Europe, where they just played their second night out of three in London. Early on in night one, Arcade Fire brought out Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders to cover “Don’t Get Me Wrong.” For their final song, the band’s set-closing staple “Wake Up,” Hynde rejoined the band on stage along with openers Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The National’s Bryce Dessner. Continue reading →
Arcade Fire returned to Saturday Night Live this past weekend. The show marked the band’s fifth performance on SNL, their first appearance dating back to 2007. Appearing on the night, which also saw the return of Bill Hader (along with one of his most beloved characters, Stefan), the band performed two cuts off their 2017 record Everything Now.
First up, the Canadian rockers performed “Creature Comfort,” all while decked out in metallic gold suits. Quite a look. With strobes by the second and smoke shrouding the stage, the band didn’t water down their typical touring live show for the late night appearance. Continue reading →
I first got over Arcade Fire more than a decade ago. I guess you could say we peaked early. I was head over heels the first time I saw them, yelping and jumping, clattering countless tom-toms and swapping instruments with abandon. They were crammed onto the stage of a tiny club in Carrboro, NC, where I happened to be passing through on the night before Merge Records’ 15th anniversary festival. (I’d mostly stopped in to check out another new signee to the label, Lou Barlow. According to my blog, the night also included Win and Regine doing an impromptu rendition of The Magnetic Fields’ “Born On A Train,” as part of “Merge karaoke.”)
That show was a true, rare rock’n’roll thrill, one which even the mighty Funeral, when it finally arrived, couldn’t quite recapture (but I loved it anyway), and which had already begun to fade when I saw them again, in the First Unitarian basement, that fall. (It’s slightly hard to imagine, but I was significantly turned off by their lackluster cover of my all-time favorite song, Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place.”) That was the last time I saw them play live – that is, until this Sunday night, when they gave a decidedly (and yet, not entirely) different, undeniably thrilling performance at Wells Fargo Center as part of their “Infinite Content” tour. Continue reading →
Following the release of Arcade Fire‘shighly anticipated new album Everything Now, the widely-loved indie-rockers-turned-mega-superstars return to play the Wells Fargo Center. Arcade Fire last played the Wells Fargo a little over three years ago — it was their first arena show in Philly and the band’s ambition has only grown since. Read The Key’s review of that show here, arrive early to see XPN Fest alums Preservation Hall Jazz Band open tonight’s show, and get ready for what’s sure to be a memorable experience. Continue reading →
“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…