Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

“For all those people who felt uncomfortable dressing up,” says Win Butler in his fancy trousers and jazzy jacket, “I’m not sorry.” Arcade Fire are feeling playful, and they’re not being polite about making you join in. But all those...

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Arcade Fire- 'Reflektor'

Arcade Fire- 'Reflektor'

Arcade Fire have always been obsessed with light. The first song Régine Chassagne and Win Butler ever wrote together, back in 2002 before they were married, was called ‘Headlights Look Like Diamonds’. The band they’re in is named after a...

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Arcade Fire - 'Crucified Again'

Arcade Fire - 'Crucified Again'

“Christ you know it ain't easy,” sang John Lennon back in 1969, “You know how hard it can be./The way things are going /They're going to crucify me.” Rock’s persecution complex is alive and well judging by the unreleased live track...

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Live Review: Arcade Fire

Live Review: Arcade Fire

I do have a once-a-year drunken morning where I’m like, ‘What am I doing with my life? I could own a house by now!’” Four years ago, Owen Pallett stopped touring with Arcade Fire to concentrate on his own thing: the superlative but...

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10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week

1. Arcade Fire - Speaking In Tongues/Culture War Summer waxes blustery and bright and Arcade Fire’s thoughts turn to festivals; right about now they’re starting a run of US and European dates in the run-up to London’s Hyde Park at the end...

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This Week's Singles Reviewed - 14 March 2011

This Week's Singles Reviewed - 14 March 2011

The NME verdict on the singles released in the UK today . Arcade Fire - 'City With No Children' I don’t know about you, but I'm still celebrating the triumph of seeing this lot at the Brit Awards. Not the winning, you understand,...

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Album review: Arcade Fire - 'The Suburbs' (Mercury)

Album review: Arcade Fire - 'The Suburbs'...

You can tell a lot about someone by their touchstone words. Key nouns, cropping up again and again, leave trails like psychic footprints. Some words that recur and ring through the work of Arcade Fire : ‘kids’, ‘parents’, ‘car’,...

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Arcade Fire/LCD Soundsystem; Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Thursday September 20

Arcade Fire/LCD Soundsystem; Hollywood Bowl,...

“We were playing fucking Spaceland, like, yesterday,” Win Butler informs the 13,000 people assembled here, every last one of them basking in the glow of his glorious group. Back when Arcade Fire took to the stage of the tiny club to which he...

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire long ago attained the sort of critical mass where anyone who breaks ranks from received wisdom and dares to have a pop at them is rounded up by the taste police and pushed down a very tall flight of stairs indeed. Which is why you...

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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

You wanna know how epic ‘Intervention’, the latest track lifted from ‘Neon Bible’, is? Someone on YouTube has already made it the score to a cut-and-splice of clips from classic Russian Revolution film The Battleship Potemkin, that’s how...

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