Arcade Fire‘s Will Butler played his first ever solo show at a gig in New York over the weekend (August 16).
The multi-instrumentalist played only original material at the show, where he was the support act for United Nations at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel in Washington, DC.
As Stereogum notes, Butler’s brother Win played a DJ set at the same venue the night before under his DJ Windows 98 moniker, the name he used to DJ to a tiny group of fans in London’s Shacklewell Arms earlier this year.
Also over the weekend, Arcade Fire continued their tradition of covering a local band at each gig when they played a rendition of Fugazi’s ‘Waiting Room’ during their show at Washington DC’s Verizon Center. Watch fan-filmed footage of it below.
Last week, the band covered Neil Young’s ‘Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown’ during a live show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg (August 14). They also recently covered fellow Canadian artist Feist’s ‘I Feel It All’ in Calgary, Alberta and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in Seattle. In addition, they have previously performed tracks by The Smiths, Echo And The Bunnymen and INXS, among others.