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It’s safe to say that Arcade Fire’s Everything Now era has been a strange one, from the oddball promotional nature to the first somewhat mixed critical reaction to an album in their career. But if there’s one that thing most can agree on is that the band still thrive in the live format.

This was proven very true at their intimate performance at Grand Prospect Hall back in July, where the band gave us a look at their new live set-up in the round which did serve quite nicely to their live performance. They took this one step further on September 12, when they returned to us in a much larger venue at Madison Square Garden.
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Arcade Fire at Grand Prospect Hall (July 27, 2017)

By Will Oliver, August 21st 2017

The pre-release cycle for Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now (via Columbia Records) has been anything but boring. So it makes sense that their intimate release show (much smaller than the last time we saw them) at the Grand Prospect Hall would come with its fair share of drama as well.

It was a free show hosted by Apple Music that you needed to win a contest through 1iota in order to attend. It seems that the companies policy about a strict dress code got mixed up as being directly from the band, so naturally the internet ran wild with it. The band had some fun with the reaction, holding a contest for fans to win entry by showing off their least fashionable entry.

Being that it mainly serves to hold weddings and parties, I had never seen a show at Grand Prospect Hall before, but this seemed as good of any to get my first introduction. The band was set up in the round, with fans surrounding them on all four sides as well as in the balconies above.
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(Photo taken from Night 1 – find more here)

When I told people I was going all three nights of Arcade Fire’s weekend takeover of Barclays Center, a lot of people were confused as to why. The main concern was why would you see the same show three times in a row? It’s a perfectly fair question, but that’s only if you assume that the setlist would stay the same. Even if it did, the performance was so good that I wouldn’t have minded all that much.
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Arcade Fire at Barclays Center (August 22, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2014 — with 3 comments

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Arcade Fire are now a full fledged arena act, and I mean that in the best way possible. They are a band thats fully capable of filling out an arena with gusto and confidence, and the truth is that they always have been. It’s no surprise that they are playing an impressive three nights at Barclays Center this weekend, they’ve payed their dues and have certainly earned all of their success. Last night was the first night of the three night run, and it didn’t disappoint.
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Tonight Arcade Fire began their 3-night jaunt at Barclays Center. I got photos and a review of the show coming tomorrow. It was a powerful and memorable performance, as usual.

On The Reflektor tour they have been covering songs of a locally affiliated band at each show. For their first NYC regional cover of the weekend, they did Buster Poindexter’s (The New York Dolls’ David Johansen) “Hot Hot Hot.” This came after The Reflektors (big heads) rocked out New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis.”

They also worked in a very brief cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” that went right into “Keep The Car Running.” It was all but a tease. Hopefully we get a full LCD Cover later this weekend.

Find both covers posted below.
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The Unicorns Are Reuniting: Opening For Arcade Fire In New York and L.A.

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Unicorns

I know I’m late on this, but talking to some people at Firefly over the weekend I realized not everyone heard the news. The Unicorns (who hinted at a possibly reunion earlier in the year), are officially reuniting for a few live shows.

The band will play 5 live shows opening for Arcade Fire at their shows in New York and L.A. in August. They also now have a twitter and a soundcloud page, which bodes well for future happenings. The shows will also include Dan Deacon.

If you hadn’t already purchased your tickets for Arcade Fire’s shows, here’s even more reason to do so.

Find the 5 show dates posted below.
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Richard Reed Parry - Music For Heart And Breath

Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire has announced his new solo album, Music For Heart And Breath. It will be released on June 9 via classical labelĀ Deutsche Grammophon. It’s the follow-up to his 2009 album From Here On Out.

The album features collaborations between Parry and other artists such as The National’s Bryce Dessner & Aaron Dessner, as well as yMusic, Nicol Muhly, Kronos Quartet, and Nadia Sirota.

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[music video]: Arcade Fire – We Exist

By Will Oliver, May 20th 2014

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Arcade Fire recruited Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, for their “We Exist” music video. It features Garfield dressed in drag, going to a bar and being confronted. The video ends with him walking up on stage during Arcade Fire’s performance at Coachella this year.

It follows the amazing music video that the band released last for “Afterlife.” While it isn’t as powerful as that one, “We Exist” certainly stands on its own.

Catch it below.
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