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Arcade Fire rolls out "Reflektor" (Updated 12/12/13)
The making of Arcade Fire's fourth studio album was not without its challenges. The roof collapsed on the church they had been using as a studio, forcing the band to work in several different recording studios. But the project came together in time for its October 28 release date, carrying the name "Reflektor."
Influenced by Haitian rara music, the 1959 film "Black Orpheus" and Soren Kierkegaard's essay "The Present Age," the album's release piggybacked off a guerrilla marketing campaign and the release of a limited single edition (the band's full project is a double album). It not only received mass critical praise, Rolling Stone ranked it at No. 5 on their "50 Best Albums of 2013" list, while it came in at No. 10 on Stereogum's list.
Speaking of promotion, Arcade fire were also guests on the 39th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" on September 28. They also appeared in a half-hour special on NBC called "Arcade Fire in Here comes the Night Time" immediately after SNL. In early November they also played at the YouTube Music Awards, and their performance featured an experimental "live video" directed by Spike Jonze and starring actress Greta Gerwig.
Arcade Fire recently announced a huge show scheduled for Dublin's Marlay Park on June 29, 2014. (Support at the outdoor gig will come from the Pixies). The date comes just a few weeks after the band is also penciled in to play two shows at London's Earls Court (on June 6/7). Right now, all of their UK and Ireland tour dates fall in the festival season.
Arcade Fire finds success overwhelming (Updated January 2, 2013)
Already in high demand following the release of their first two studio albums, the members of Arcade Fire played a number of high-profile festivals such as Lollapalooza and Coachella and maintained a constant tour schedule. At one point, these road warriors had played 122 shows in 75 cities and 19 countries through 2007 as part of the "Neon Bible" tour, before opening 2008 by playing a number of free concerts in support of Barack Obama.
Ambition outweighed exhaustion when the band set to work on its next album, and "The Suburbs" bowed in August 2010. The album debuted at No 1. On the Irish, UK, U.S. and the Canadian Albums Charts. The band then officially crashed into the mainstream by capturing Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards, and a taste of success became a deluge&mdasheven at a time when the band pursued anonymity, and still preferred small club crowds over raucous arena shows.
The burgeoning mainstream success was in many ways overwhelming for the band, and they took some time to fade away from the noise instead of embrace it. They didn't truly resurface until recording a song for "The Hunger Games" soundtrack in 2012 called "Abraham's Daughter."
The biggest rumor surrounding the band's fourth album was that former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy was helping out on the project. Rumor became reality when Scott Rodger, manager for Arcade Fire, let slip to the media that the collaboration could involve 'three or so songs.' He offered no further details when the record would be ready, only offering it would likely be a late 2013 release.
About Arcade Fire
This Grammy Award winning group of multi-instrumentalists (originally founded by Canadian Husband/Wife team Win Butler and Renee Chassange) and eclectic musicians continue to feed the fire of Alt-Rock as they create a sound that defies any easy descriptions or simple categorization. Art/Folk/Rock/World, call it what you will, Arcade Fire soaks it all in and blows it all out in a musical melange of seductive mystery and propulsive rhythms, mashed, mixed and melted into their own brand of sonic joy bounced and belted to the constant delight of their devoted listeners everywhere. Arcade Fire may be the creative soundwave of Rock's future. They're also known for putting The National on the map; Arcade Fire had The National open for them on several tours. Buy Arcade Fire tickets to watch this creative group live in concert.
Arcade Fire Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|2011-06-16: Sound Opinions Session, WBEZ, Chicago, IL, USA||2011|
|Culture War / Speaking in Tongues||2011|
|The Suburbs / Month of May||2010|
|No Cars Go||2007|
|Keep the Car Running / Broken Window||2007|
|Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)||2005|
|Cold Wind / Brazil||2005|
|Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)||2005|
|Live EP (live at Fashion Rocks)||2005|
Top 10 Arcade Fire Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|2||Ready To Start||482,683||132,166|
|5||Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)||351,606||96,431|
|6||We Used to Wait||292,078||94,351|
|7||City With No Children||251,386||90,256|
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date city state venue 08/30/2014 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau 08/29/2014 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 08/27/2014 Chicago IL United Center 08/26/2014 Chicago IL United Center 08/24/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 08/23/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 08/22/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 08/20/2014 Bangor ME Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 08/19/2014 Mansfield MA Xfinity Center 08/17/2014 Washington DC Verizon Center 08/14/2014 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 08/12/2014 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 08/11/2014 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 08/09/2014 Squamish BC Loggers Sports Grounds 08/08/2014 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 08/08/2014 Squamish BC Loggers Sports Grounds 08/05/2014 Chula Vista CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 08/04/2014 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Bowl 08/02/2014 Inglewood CA The Forum 08/01/2014 Inglewood CA The Forum 07/30/2014 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 07/25/2014 Niigata 15 Fuji Rock Festival 07/03/2014 London London Hyde Park 06/29/2014 Dublin D Marlay Park 06/25/2014 Pilton Som Worthy Farm 06/24/2014 Valeggio sul Mincio VR Castello Scaligero 06/23/2014 Rome RM Ippodromo Le Capannelle 06/20/2014 Neuhausen ob Eck Baden-wurttemberg Flugplatz Neuhausen ob Eck 06/17/2014 Dresden Saxony Junge Garde 06/13/2014 Stockholm AB Grona Lund 06/10/2014 Antwerp Van Antwerps Sportpaleis 06/09/2014 Landgraaf Lim Megaland 06/07/2014 Landgraaf Lim Megaland 06/07/2014 London London Earls Court 06/06/2014 London London Earls Court 06/04/2014 Paris Ile Zenith de Paris 06/03/2014 Paris Ile Zenith de Paris 05/31/2014 Lisbon 11 Parque da Bela Vista 05/02/2014 Atlanta GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 05/01/2014 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 04/29/2014 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 04/27/2014 St. Louis MO Chaifetz Arena 04/26/2014 Kansas City MO Starlight Theatre 04/23/2014 Denver CO Pepsi Center 04/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/10/2014 Austin TX Austin360 Amphitheater 04/09/2014 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 03/28/2014 Mexico City Dif Foro Sol 03/27/2014 Mexico City Dif Foro Sol 03/18/2014 Bridgeport CT Webster Bank Arena 03/17/2014 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 03/16/2014 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 03/14/2014 Kanata ON Canadian Tire Centre 03/13/2014 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 03/12/2014 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 03/10/2014 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 03/08/2014 Minneapolis MN Target Center 03/06/2014 Louisville KY KFC Yum! Center 01/31/2014 Adelaide SA Bonython Park 01/28/2014 Sydney New South Wales Sydney Entertainment Centre 01/22/2014 Melbourne Vic Sidney Myer Music Bowl 01/19/2014 Carrara Metricon Stadium
Arcade Fire Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/08/2013 Los Angeles CA Shrine Auditorium 12/07/2013 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 11/27/2013 Blackpool Lancashire Empress Ballroom 11/16/2013 Glasgow Glasgow City Barrowland 11/15/2013 Glasgow Glasgow City Barrowland 11/12/2013 London London Roundhouse 11/11/2013 London London Roundhouse 10/26/2013 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/24/2013 Miami FL Little Haiti Cultural Center 02/23/2013 Montreal QC Centre Phi
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date city state venue 10/01/2012 Montreal QC Metropolis
Arcade Fire Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 10/23/2011 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/22/2011 Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 09/21/2011 Montreal QC Metropolis 09/18/2011 Austin TX Zilker Park 09/16/2011 Austin TX Zilker Park 08/31/2011 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 08/14/2011 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 06/30/2011 London London Hyde Park 06/28/2011 Paris Ile Zenith de Paris 06/09/2011 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/08/2011 Charlottesville VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion 05/04/2011 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 04/30/2011 Dallas TX Gexa Energy Pavilion 04/28/2011 Memphis TN Orpheum Theatre Memphis 04/27/2011 Indianapolis IN The Lawn at White River 04/25/2011 Chicago IL UIC Pavilion 04/24/2011 Chicago IL UIC Pavilion 04/22/2011 Chicago IL UIC Pavilion 04/21/2011 St. Louis MO Scottrade Center 04/20/2011 Kansas City MO Starlight Theatre 04/18/2011 Santa Fe NM Santa Fe Convention Center 04/16/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/15/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/14/2011 Las Vegas NV Hard Rock Hotel And Casino- The Joint 04/13/2011 Phoenix AZ Comerica Theatre 04/11/2011 Orem UT UCCU Center 04/09/2011 Broomfield CO 1St Bank Center
Arcade Fire Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 12/12/2010 Glasgow Glasgow City SECC 12/09/2010 Cardiff Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Cardiff 12/02/2010 London The O2 12/01/2010 London The O2 10/08/2010 Los Angeles CA Shrine Auditorium 10/07/2010 Los Angeles CA Shrine Auditorium 10/03/2010 Berkeley CA Greek Theatre - Berkeley 10/02/2010 Berkeley CA Greek Theatre - Berkeley 09/30/2010 Portland OR Portland Memorial Coliseum 09/29/2010 Seattle WA Key Arena 09/28/2010 Vancouver BC Pacific Coliseum 09/26/2010 Calgary AB Stampede Corral 09/25/2010 Saskatoon SK SaskTel Centre 09/23/2010 Winnipeg MB MTS Centre 09/22/2010 Saint Paul MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium 08/14/2010 Toronto ON Toronto Island 08/11/2010 Alpharetta GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park 08/09/2010 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 08/06/2010 Columbia MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 08/05/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 08/04/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 08/02/2010 Philadelphia PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts 08/01/2010 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 07/13/2010 Ottawa ON Ottawa Bluesfest