Arcade Fire has never been known for its sense of humor.
The sprawling Montreal ensemble shot to the top of the indie rock pecking order with three albums of earnest, plangent, fitfully electric anthems about childhood and death, with a sprinkling of geopolitical dirges and riffs on the corrosive influence of technology.
The 53rd annual Grammy Awards are set to take over the Staples Center Feb. 13, and today the academy’s website announced which acts will perform amidst an orgy of undulating rainbow lights, explosions, and hopelessly busy set pieces.
The choices are, like always, fairly obvious. But how will these performers use their time Read More
Sometimes while perusing your assembled and well-honed RSS reader in the morning hours, a theme appears. And with that in mind, call today Crossover Tuesday.
It starts, as things often do, with Rihanna. The multi-platinum “Rude Boy” singer has decided on her first film role: Battleship. And if you’re wondering: Yes, that is Read More
The Arcade Fire, about whom we’ve heard little these days, will release a DVD of their new documentary Miroir Noir next Monday, December 15. (Go to miroir-noir.com for the trailer.) NME.com is reporting that the 70-minute film, directed by the band and Vincent Morisset, chronicles the making of the Arcade Fire’s Read More
Three albums come out today; all of them might be called "Indie" releases; they will be promoted and marketed heavily at Indie record stores and compete on the same Indie charts this week.
Needless to say the genre is almost meaningless as a description of the music. One of the bands is from Brazil, one Read More
In the course of promoting her latest movie, Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow has been seen in at least three incredibly short dresses.
There was the black Preen bandage dress, which barely reached the top of her thighs; the Sonia Rykiel sequin number with the vague image of a face patterned into the glitter; and Read More
Check out Arcade Fire’s interactive video for "Neon Bible." You can control Win Butler’s hands (looking very Thing-like) while his detached head sings along (!!!). Read More
"I know we come to New York a lot, but this is going to be the last time for a few years," Win Butler told the crowd at Randall's Island during their performance there yesterday. "So let's have a good time tonight."
Some reports of 'boos' from the crowd did not seem to detract from Read More
And so this week comes the release of Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible (Merge).
There are certain things, in certain circles, that one had better talk around—things to gesture at, perhaps, or drop in archly at the non-business end of a knowing simile, but never, for fear of embarrassing all involved, address directly. This became clear Read More