Metallica, Arcade Fire Reps Rip NFL’s Pay-for-Play Plan

August 22, 2014

The NFL's reported plan to get major pop stars to pay for a coveted halftime appearance at next year's Super Bowl will work only if the pop stars participate. And several outraged music-business sources predict they won't. "Halftime's for sale," says...

Song Review

Arcade Fire "Afterlife (Flume Remix)" Song Review

August 21, 2014

Aussie producer Flume transforms Arcade Fire's New Order-style dance-rock plea into 10 minutes of gargantuan house music. The results suggest an EDM festival in a Gothic cathedral – and it's darkly funny hearing the high priests of refined taste...


Arcade Fire's Cover Streak Continues

August 20, 2014

Every date of Arcade Fire's North American Reflektor tour has featured a cover song tailored specifically to that city (or, in a pinch, that state), and the Canadian collective continued to deliver the geographic goods Monday night...


Watch Arcade Fire's Hard-Hitting Live Neil Young Cover

August 15, 2014

Arcade Fire's streak of geographically themed cover songs remains unbroken, with the band tackling Neil Young's hard-rocking "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" during their Thursday night gig in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This straightforward, guitar-heavy style...


Arcade Fire Go 'Back in Time' With Huey Lewis Cover

August 12, 2014

The multi-person human jukebox known as Arcade Fire went way back for their most recent cover at their Edmonton, Alberta concert Monday night, where they tackled Huey Lewis and the News' 1985 tune "Back in Time." The tune was originally written for...


Arcade Fire Cover 'Beverly Hills Cop' Theme

August 4, 2014

Arcade Fire debuted another unlikely cover tune during their Saturday night gig in Los Angeles, as the band broke out a funky take on the Beverly Hills Cop theme song, "Axel F." As Consequence of Sound  notes, frontman Win Butler introduced their...


Springsteen, Vedder Con Artist Sentenced to Four Years

July 28, 2014

Portland alt-country musician Kasey Anderson has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding over 30 investors out of $586,000 by vowing to hold a concert and release a compilation album benefitting the West Memphis Three (who were infamously...


The Palm Squad: 15 Years of Coachella

June 18, 2014

Ever since 1999, countless music fans have trekked to the desert of Indio, California, in search of good tunes, good vibes, and the least offensive Port A Potty experience possible. And while hundreds of bands have played the Coachella Valley Music and...


Arcade Fire Respond to Laura Jane Grace

May 25, 2014

Arcade Fire have responded to Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace's criticism of their video for the song "We Exist" and the use of Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor Andrew Garfield in a role that Grace believes should have gone to a transgender actor. "There...


Andrew Garfield Dons Dress for Arcade Fire

May 16, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield plays a whole different kind of superhero in Arcade Fire's inspirational (and psychedelic) video for "We Exist." Dressing in a woman's wig and short jean shorts, Garfield's character heads down to a local bar,...


Lorde Breaks Down Her 10 Favorite Arcade Fire Songs

May 13, 2014

"I feel weird writing this because the people in Arcade Fire are my friends," says Lorde. "It'll be fine, I think. They've been my favorite band since a guy who was kind of mean and kind of my friend put The Suburbs on my computer one day after school....


Arcade Fire Get Hardcore With Fugazi Cover

August 18, 2014

Arcade Fire's Reflektor trek across North America – complete with geographically themed cover songs every concert -- continued Sunday night with a visit to Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center, where the Montreal collective paid tribute to local hardcore...


Arcade Fire Drop Surprise New Video

August 14, 2014

All summer long, Arcade Fire have been surprising fans with unexpected cover songs while on tour. On Thursday, the band threw another curveball by quietly dropping a new music video for the Reflektor cut "You Already Know." Directed...


Arcade Fire Mash Up 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' With 'Rococo'

August 10, 2014

Arcade Fire's homestate-band tributes have become a regular feature on their Reflektor tour, so it was no surprise that the band threw a little Nirvana into the mix during their show in George, Washington on Friday night. Rather than performing a...


Arcade Fire Covers CCR's 'Hey Tonight'

July 31, 2014

Arcade Fire have added yet another cover to their growing repertoire, busting out Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Hey Tonight" during their Wednesday night show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Via Pitchfork, multi-instrumetnalist...


Arcade Fire, Drake Make Polaris Prize Shortlist

July 15, 2014

Arcade Fire and Drake are among the 10 acts with albums shortlisted for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, the prestigious award given each year to the artist behind the Canadian Album of the Year. The Unforgettable Fire: Can Arcade Fire Be the World's Biggest...


Arcade Fire Cover the Smiths in London

June 8, 2014

Arcade Fire have continued their streak of canny cover songs as they've taken the Reflektor tour overseas. On Saturday night, for the encore of their second show at the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London, the band covered the Smiths' "London." The...


Laura Jane Grace Blasts Arcade Fire

May 22, 2014

Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, who is transgender, has criticized Arcade Fire's casting choice for their "We Exist" video, a clip that stars The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor Andrew Garfield dressing like a woman and fighting off violent drunks...


Exclusive Clip: Arcade Fire Score 'Her'

May 13, 2014

Arcade Fire kept quite busy at the studio last year: Along with recording and releasing their indie rock dance floor epic Reflektor, the band teamed up with director Spike Jonze to score his latest film, the sci-fi romance Her. With the Oscar-nominated...


Andrew Garfield Stars in Arcade Fire Clip

May 3, 2014

A 20-second teaser for Arcade Fire's "We Exist" video reveals that the band nabbed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield for the clip. The snippet features the actor striding through a chanting crowd while decked out in a blond wig, white dress...