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Montreal Madness: Arcade Fire's Charity Basketball Game

September 22, 2014

In a hot gymnasium at Montreal's McGill University Sports Centre, a seven-foot tall, retired American basketball player named Luke Bonner is singing a passionate rendition of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." The crowd goes wild, fueled by cans...


Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Strokes Members Form Supergroup

September 20, 2014

Members of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and the Strokes formed a one-shot indie supergroup called Pop All Star Band to perform at the third annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game held on Saturday during the Pop Montréal festival. The band, which...


Arcade Fire, Bon Iver to Play Charity Basketball Game

August 29, 2014

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler is an avowed basketball junkie, and while occasionally, he allows his passions to boil over, he also uses his love of the game for good. Case in point: His annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game, held during the...


VMAs 2014 Winners: Beyonce Dominates MTV's Big Night

August 25, 2014

Did you know that Arcade Fire won an award at the MTV Video Music Awards, or that Beyoncé won three Moonmen in addition to her Video Vanguard Award? Probably not. Even though MTV wrapped up the ceremony 15 minutes early – ample...


Arcade Fire Bring on Buster Poindexter for 'Hot Hot Hot'

August 23, 2014

Arcade Fire managed to put yet another novel spin on their Reflektor tour hometown covers tradition on Friday night. For their show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the band doubled up on local references by playing the New York Dolls' "Personality...


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 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...


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...


Arcade Fire Perform Rollicking Bo Diddley Cover

August 30, 2014

Arcade Fire added a little twist to those geographically inspired covers they've been peppering into the encores of their current Reflektor tour, playing the same song in two cities but for different reasons. During the band's first show at Chicago's...


Watch David Byrne and Arcade Fire Cover Suicide

August 25, 2014

Arcade Fire added a new dimension to their geographic covers series during their three-night residency at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, recruiting musicians from classic New York City punk bands to join them onstage. Sunday night's gig featured...


Watch Marky Ramone Sit in With Arcade Fire in Brooklyn

August 24, 2014

Arcade Fire have upped the ante on their regional covers project as the Reflektor tour enters its closing days, not only playing their usual songs by notable locals, but also bringing on musicians from the bands to join them. The night after Buster...


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...


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 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...


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...