@BellOrchestre performs their new album House Music with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra @OSMconcerts on November 2… https://t.co/MAJ12NGqFx
The Canadian group also played a surprise set at Primavera on Thursday, ahead of Saturday night's headline slot.
After a week of cryptic activity on Twitter, indie-rock legends Arcade Fire have announced a brand new album titled Everything Now. The follow-up to 2013’s Reflektor, their fifth studio album, will be released on July 28th via Columbia Records.
The new LP includes the title track ‘Everything Now’, which the band was selling as an exclusive 12” vinyl single at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, ahead of their highly anticipated headline set there on Saturday night (June 3rd).
Arcade Fire headlining Glastonbury back in 2014
The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two aspiring songwriters named Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling) become entwined in two overlapping love triangles with a major player in the music business named Cook (Michael Fassbender) - who encourages them to take their music careers further - and a charming waitress (Natalie Portman). As much as their lives are about making it in the industry and becoming world renowned successes, their lives get more complicated by disloyalty, temptation and infatuation with each other, pushing all of them ultimately further away. Can love last when betrayal lies at every corner?
Continue: Song To Song Trailer
In political turmoil, these musicians are donating to the ACLU.
Arcade Fire have teamed up with Mavis Staples to release a brand new charity single entitled 'I Give You Power'. It's been unveiled as a kind of morale boost, showing solidarity between citizens as the world tunes in to the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump.
Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples unveil 'I Give You Power'
The new song is one of many to be released recently in discontentment of the state of US politics. But from a troubling and uncertain situation, Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples are hoping to raise money for a very good cause. All proceeds from the sale of the song will go to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); a non-profit organisation that aims to take action in defending the human rights of American citizens.
From The Killers & Jimmy Carr to Dave Chappelle & Kanye - Five of the most unlikely pairings of comedians and musicians.
Following surprising reports that Las Vegas rockers The Killers invited British comedian Jimmy Carr to join them onstage at V Festival, Contact Music looks at five of the most unlikely pairings from the worlds of comedy and music:
1) The Killers and Jimmy Carr
Continue reading: Unlikely Pairings - When Comedians And Musicians Come Together
Coachella weekend 2, did Outkast fare any better second time around?
The Coachella festival has closed its gates for another year, but not before it got an almighty second weekend send off. Last weekend the festival brought plenty of star performances, special surprises and maybe a slight tinge of disappointment when it came to one of the most anticipated acts. So how did weekend two fare and most importantly were Outkast any better the second time around?
Outkast had to prove themselves after last weekend's disaster
Last weekend Outkast’s much hyped reunion was met with resounding negativity as poor sound quality and bad production values marred their set. One week later and it seems the duo have learnt from their mistakes as Billboard reports Andre 3000 and Big Boi took to the stage, “strutting with an emboldened confidence light-years from the standoffish attitude that came through the first weekend.”
Tonnes of acts have been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival: is your favourite band in there?
After months of speculation, the official line-up has been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th June this year. The festival tweeted this year's snazzy line-up poster which listed a tonne of previously unconfirmed acts. Sadly, and despite the rumours, it doesn't look like Prince will be getting funky at Glasto but the appearance of Elbow, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, The Black Keys, and Jack White should make up for the Purple One's absence.
Kasabian Have Been Confirmed To Play Glastonbury Festival This Year.
Joining these four big name acts will be an intriguing and eclectic mix of acts of all sorts of genres. Skrillex, De La Soul, Ms Dynamite, Rudimental, Disclosure, Lil Louis and DJ Pierre will be bringing dance music whilst Kelis, Janelle Monáe, Jurassic 5 and M.I.A will be giving the festival a hip hop flavour.
Queens of the Stone Age, The Replacements, Beck and The Knife are also among the top-billed performers
Coachella 2014 will be returning to Indio, California, this spring for a two-weekend spectacular that will see some of the world's biggest performers gather in one polo field in the middle of the desert. This week the full line-up for the latest incarnation of the ever-popular festival was announced, with the bill yet another feast for the eyes (and eventually the ears too).
Big Boi and Andre 3000 will reunited for the headline performance
Eight years since their last album and eventual hiatus, Outkast will reform to headline the first day of the festival, which will kick start on the weekend of 11-13 April. The Grammy-winning hip-hop duo will be joined on the first day by fellow returnees The Knife, who released their first album in seven years - the acclaimed Shaking the Habitual - in 2013 and The Replacements, who reformed in 2012. Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, Haim, A$AP Ferg, Bryan Ferry, DJ Falcon and many others will also appear on the first day.
Continue reading: OutKast, Muse And Arcade Fire To Headline Coachella 2014
Noel Gallagher had Arcade Fire, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke in his sights.
Nobody escaped unscathed from Noel Gallagher's summary of music in 2013, apart from maybe Kanye West and David Bowie. The former Oasis man agreed to phone interview with Rolling Stone magazine to chat about his "f*cking shit year" hanging around the house and waiting for the year end.
Noel Gallagher Performing At V-Festival
Things started off on a positive note, with Gallagher hailing David Bowie's surprise comeback record The Next Day as a "f*cking masterpiece, saying, "I love it. Nobody has the right to be that f*cking good at this point in their career. Apart from Neil Young, all of the people that are in his league are basically f*cking shit. Do you know what I mean?"
Continue reading: Noel Gallagher Goes On The Rampage. Arcade Fire, Look Away Now
'Do you like rock and roll music? 'Cause I don't know if I do', interjects Win Butler at the start of opener 'Normal Person'. Except it isn't any ordinary beginning. Indeed, this show, one of only five UK dates Arcade Fire (billed as The Reflektors) will play this year, is anything but normal. With no support act and the band scheduled to appear on stage a full ninety minutes after doors open, sceptics would probably have expected it to be little more than an exercise in getting the band on and off in as short a time frame as possible. Wham, bam and thank you mam. How wrong they could be. Unbelievably so, in fact. Because even before queuing fans are allowed inside the venue, there's a hive of activity taking place around the venue's foyer. Fans bedecked in all manner of fancy dress and 'Reflektor' style masks mimicking the album cover parade outside, joined by a mariachi band - the one off the Doritos television advert no less - where they'll march to a nearby tram stop, the hummed refrain of 'Wake Up' ringing through the Blackpool night sky. As the tram pulls in, six figures donning large papier-mache heads depicting Win Butler and co. step off and pandemonium ensues. Is it the band or a group of well dressed and overly fixated fans? It doesn't really matter; such is the party atmosphere their appearance has generated. By the time the procession reaches Blackpool's Winter Gardens where the ornate Empress Ballroom is situated, it's already created a major talking point. Was that really Win, Regine and co. arriving at the gig via public transport?
The truth is possibly revealed when showtime begins. As the six figures arrive on stage, greeted by the familiar introductory bassline from 'Rebellion (Lies)', arguably their best-known song from debut long player 'Funeral', it takes a further thirty seconds or so for the actual band to appear, wave the doppelgangers away and launch into 'Normal Person'. At this point the room is stunned into silence. But then this will be no ordinary run of the mill gig. They play a set largely consisting of material taken from 'Reflektor', an album whose early reviews bordered on the unfavourable. This was mainly because the PR campaign involved sending journalists to a listening party in a swanky London bar, plying them with free booze while the album played in the foreground then sending them away to construct an article based on that experience. Since then, many writers who participated in that process have been forced to eat humble pie, admitting their negative statements of intent may have been crafted a little too hastily. For the rest of us, 'Reflektor''s appeal has been one of steady growth, an album that blossoms with familiarity rather than instantly punching for the jugular. So when 'Normal Person' quickly segues into the robotic electronica of 'Flashbulb Eyes', it's met with whoops, screams and an all-inclusive communal spirit not witnessed since the halcyon days of acid house some twenty-five years earlier.
They follow that with 'Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)'; the first time Arcade Fire delve into their back catalogue this evening only serving to raise excitement levels even further. A handful of songs from the new record arrive in quick succession, culminating in 'Reflektor''s standpoint and most accessible number 'Afterlife', which actually feels like a historical moment in time, neck hairs raised accordingly along with 3,000 voices singing the song's chorus back to them. It's at the song's juncture that Win Butler smiles before claiming this to be the best show he and his band have ever played. The Regine Chassagne sung 'Sprawl II', the only number aired from 2010's 'The Suburbs' long player this evening, gives way to a tumultuous 'Wake Up' as vocal chords erupt in cataclysmic delight all around. The obligatory cover comes next. Having already paid homage to Devo and The Clash at previous shows on this tour, it's The Ramones' turn to be given an Arcade Fire makeover next with 'Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World' off their 1976 self-titled debut being given an orchestral chamber pop reworking. Closing with 'Here Comes The Night Time', another of 'Reflektor''s most immediate moments, on any other night this would be the perfect finale. But then, to reiterate once more, this really isn't any other night.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire - Blackpool Empress Ballroom 27th November 2013 Live Review
"Get your wellies ready," says Win Butler who could be hinting at a Glastonbury show.
Arcade Fire's lead singer Win Butler has hinted that his band are gearing up to play at UK festivals in 2014. Speaking to BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley, Butler cryptically advised that Arcade Fire's fans should "get [their] wellies ready." Asked if any festivals were lined up for next year, he said "Yeah, I hope so. It's a special experience."
Win Butler & Co. Probably Have Their Pick Of The Festivals Right Now.
Butler's teasing comments have sparked speculation that not only will Arcade Fire be present at 2014 festivals in the UK, that they may also be in talks to headline the jewel in the crown of British festivals, Glastonbury.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Drop Huge Glastonbury 2014 Hint: Will They Headline?
Coming off the back of their most successful album to date, Arcade Fire are at a fork in their career, with their paths open and varied, but with no clear direction. Reflektor was their chance to either stick with what they have or twist and try out a new card. With their power at its peak, that same path may have looked tempting, but for a band as accomplished as Arcade Fire, their route was always going to lead them down another path.
Listening through Reflektor for the first time you can sense the ambition running through the band as they recorded the album and this feeling doesn't go away either. The album is jovial, danceable and probably the most upbeat sounding release from the band to date. Yet there is still a darkness imbued under the surface of the songs, found mostly within Win Butler's lyrics, not to mention the usual foreboding harmonies found scattered. Co-producer James Murphy's influence can be heard all over the album: in those funky synth beats and fused dance rhythms, but the credit for the steps the band have taken between now and 2011 can't be attributed solely to Murphy, as this is a niche that the group have found themselves, hidden away in the musical corners of Haiti and Jamaica and in their own psyche.
The coming together of the at odds pair - the often melancholic Arcade Fire and the down right disco loving Murphy - first catches you off guard on 'We Exists,' a sonic rock number sewn together with sharp chords thrust over a liquid bass synth, before stumbling into an Eno-inspired grove in the dying minutes. Its place at the beginning of the album makes sense, because it still feels as though the bad are still trying to find what they're looking for with the album, something they never really do discover, which is really something that benefits the intrigue and mysticism of the album.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire - Reflektor Album Review
The Canadian alt-rockers have jumped to the No. 1 spot in the US album chart at the first time of asking
Arcade Fire are at the top of the musical spectrum right now, enjoying critical and now commercial success with their fourth album, Reflektor. Whilst their origins are humble and their rise to international acclaim and success has not been overnight - the band have been alternative darlings since their first EP and a steady - unfaltering output was always going to put them at the top spot eventually.
Arcade Fire won't be feeling blue with their success
Their achievement is still a major one though and the band have more than earned their moment in the sun. According to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard), the follow-up to the Grammy-winning The Suburbs has already shifted 140,000 copies in its first week alone and could go on to reach gold certification in the US by Christmas. This is no small feat for frontman Win Butler's band. And given that Reflektor is their most ambitious and challenging listen to date, the critical acclaim is even more impressive. More so, it's a refreshing sign that, in an age where style reigns supreme over substance, there are still respectable bands out there and ones who are able to score mainstream success.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Jump Straight To No. 1 On Billboard 200 With 'Reflektor'
Canadian rock indie band 'Arcade Fire' earned their second No.1 album as they debut 'Reflektor'.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, in its first week's sales, 'Reflektor' sold 140,000 copies.
This is the bands second No.1 album as their 3rd studio album, 'The Suburbs' (2010), reached the top spot by selling 156,000 copies.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Earn No.1 On Billboard 200 With 'Reflektor'
On Sunday, 3 November, the internet's brightest viral music videos will be celebrated for the first time
The YouTube Music Awards will celebrate the achievements made online by both well-known and some more obscure (outside the world of viral videos) musicians for the first time this Sunday (3 Oct.) and the organisers have pulled out all the stops to make sure that the awards show starts with a bang. In fact, the awards show will be so extravagant that the man in charge of bringing it to life - Spike Jonze - doesn't even know what to expect.
Spike Jonze (L) and Jason Schwartzman (R) are in control of the night in their respective roles
Jonze, the director of countless award-winning music videos such as Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' and 'Sabotage' by The Beastie Boys, has been brought in as creative director of the event, tasked with making the awards show one to remember and one to challenge the established musical showcases, such as the MTV VMAs. Alongside fellow music video veteran Chris Milk and executive producers Vice Media and Sunset Lane Entertainment, Jonze isn't planning on making a showcase that can be easily compared to the VMAs or the Billboard Awards, for example, as they are going for a completely unique take on the tried and tested music awards ceremony.
Back with the same level of quality, and the critics concur.
2013 has been the year of the comeback. The Rolling Stones did it, triumphantly. Bowie did it too, shocking everyone with an unannounced renaissance, one that lead to a Mercury nomination. But more contemporary artists, with roots in the younger demographic have returned too, like Daft Punk, and Arcade Fire.
They're back, and they haven't relented on quality
The Montreal rockers permeated the eardrums of rebellious school kids, indie hipsters and nostalgic parents simultaneously, and as they approached their follow up to The Suburbs, Grammy in hand and a reputation to uphold, they could have been forgiven for succumbing to the increased pressure.
Continue reading: Quite Simply, Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Is Brilliant, Say The Critics
The album has been met with a mostly positive reception, although there are some who were left completely unimpressed
Arcade Fire are a band used to receiving widespread praise for their albums and when they released new album Reflektor earlier this week it was more of the same as the critics came out in force to herald the return of the Canadian alt-rockers. But behind this hit parade is an unfamiliar presence; negative, or at least lukewarm, critical reception. But what is it that makes the group's fourth record such a divisive one?
Arcade Fire; still feeling blue, but now with bongos
The band have clearly been influenced by co-producers Markus Dravs and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, who have brought with them a touch of white boy funk that is far removed from the melancholy of 'Une Année Sans Lumiere' or 'My Body Is A Cage,' but the pieces from the past albums are still all there, in tact and functioning. There is a new edge to the band on Reflektors, as they widen their surroundings and bring in a wealth of outside influences to create a double album comparable (to some) to "U2's Achtung Baby and Radiohead's Kid A."
Arcade Fire are back with 'Reflektor' - what are the critics saying?
Following the seminal Funeral, Arcade Fire destroyed the idea of the difficult second album with Neon Bible and furthered its campaign to be considered one of the world's greatest bands with The Suburbs - a stellar record that most critics chose as one of the albums of 2012.
Arcade Fire, In Fetching Blue Boilersuits
Now, armed with production from James Murphy, the band returns with its fourth studio album Reflektor - an ambitious double record that critics are comparing to U2's Achtung Baby and Radiohead's Kid A as a career-defining, turning point album.
Continue reading: 'Reflektor' Reviews: Are Arcade Fire The Best Band In The World?
Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' appears to be going down reasonably well with critics.
Following an online leak earlier this week, Reflektor, the fourth album from Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire is available to stream online.
Husband-and-wife team Win Butler and Regine Chassagne teamed up for an ambitious collaboration with James Murphy for the album and it appears to have paid off.
"A thrilling act of risk and renewal by a band with established commercial appeal and a greater fear of the average," said Rolling Stone.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire's Thrilling Risk 'Reflecktor' Is Finally Here. Rejoice
Fans can listen to the album for free through YouTube
Arcade Fire have returned with their fourth album, Reflektors, after three years of working on the project since releasing their universally acclaimed third album The Suburbs. When the album leaked online earlier this month, prompting a complaint from the band, who said the leak was an unfinished, poor quality listen, the Canadian group have hit back by leaking the album in full themselves.
Frontman Win Butler wants you to "be shaking your ass with a tear in your eye" when you lsiten to Reflektors
On Thursday, 24 October, the band decided to respond to the leaks by streaming the album themselves, uploading the full, one hour twenty five minutes of the album on to YouTube, for fans to enjoy free of charge. The lyrics video, set to the Brazilian film Black Orpheus, gives fans a first-time chance to listen to the three-year labour of love, an album that has seen them team up with musicians from across the world (including David Bowie) to craft their own, unique sound.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Put New Album 'Reflektors' Up To Stream For Free
Arcade Fire are busy promoting their new record.
Arcade Fire emerged from behind a black curtain at a full moon masquerade in Brooklyn on Friday night (October 18, 2013) to play to around a thousand 'golden ticket' holders at a re-purposed warehouse in the artistic haven of Bushwick.
Those lucky enough to secure tickets were instructed to dress in either formal attire or festive costumes and most complied. Wolves, sailors and a banana-man squeezed into the old building on a desolate street, reports Billboard.com.
The interior of the red-brick building had been decked out with streamers, disco balls, mirrored pyramids and multi-colored string lighting. It looked like a 1970s disco prom.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Play Secret Show At Brooklyn Warehouse On Desolate Street
YouTube goes all out for its first music award ceremony.
The video sharing website has finally go itself a music award show as the YouTube Music Awards will showcase this November between the BET Hip-op awards and the 47th annual Country Music Association Awards.
Lady GaGa is set to perform at the first YouTube Music Awards
The Google owned site did start the careers of music megastar Justin Bieber and Korean sensation Psy, so it rightly deserves a place in the music award calendar.
YouTube announces its first ever awards, we speculate on what the categories will be.
Online video hosting site YouTube have announced plans for their first ever awards, celebrating the people and videos that make the site so popular and dominant in today's web world. Both categories and nominees are yet to be announced, with the promise of a nominee shortlist by the 17th October. Lady GaGa, Arcade Fire and Eminem have all been booked to perform at the November 3rd ceremony.
Lady Gaga Will Perform Live At The Awards Show.
YouTube will emphasise the global nature and worldwide reach of its videos by interspersing high-profile music performances with clips taped in locations across the globe. "Our point is to celebrate YouTube's role in the music ecosystem," says Danielle Tiedt, the YouTube vice president of marketing. "If you think about how most of us encounter music, it's usually on YouTube, whether it's stars like Miley Cyrus and her VMA performance or her new Wrecking Ball video, or musicians like Lindsey [Stirling, violinist], who broke thanks to our site."
Continue reading: The Inaugural YouTube Awards: What Could The Voting Categories Be?
YouTube has snagged Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire as its headliners for it first ever music award ceremony.
Lady Gaga, as conventional as usual, will be headlining the YouTube award show.
The show is set to take place on 3 November and the internet site is not penny-pinching when it comes to the acts, organisers or location. Quite the contrary, in addition to having a trio of heavy weight performers, the ceremony will be held at Pier 36 in New York and designed by a team led by Spike Jonze. Jonze is responsible for directing films such as Being John Malkovich and Where the Wild Things Are as well as countless award-winning music videos for such artists as REM, Bjork and the Chemical Brothers. On the subject of the awards show, Jonze said he is excited to be involved and continued by saying, "I want to find out if we can make a whole night just about making things." He continued by proposing not merely performances but "live collaborations."
Continue reading: YouTube Snags Stars For First Music Awards Ceremony
It was a star-studded season premiere at the start of SNL's 39th year on screen.
Last night saw the season premiere of SNL and with Tina Fey hosting, Arcade Fire as the musical guest, six new castmembers and even a cameo from Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, it couldn’t have been any better. Fey used her opening monologue to “initiate” the six new actors, in a bit, which left them stripped down to some golden lame underwear, much like what a college frat initiation, we’d imagine. Besides hosting, SNL veteran Fey also featured in several sketches, including spot-on send up of HBO's "Girls" where she played a new addition to the cast, an Albanian immigrant named Blerta, an obligatory bit of air travel humor with a sketch about boarding airplanes and a dark and sarcastic used-car commercial from the 1920s.
Fresh off her delightful Emmy appearance, Fey returned to her old home at SNL.
Of course, Arcade Fire weren’t left out of the fun either. A brilliant bit, in which Fey attempted to tell the difference between AF and the new castmembers killed two birds with one stone – continuing the roast of the newbies and also making good use of the musical guests’ hidden acting talents. Of course, they also did that music thing they were there to do and performed three whole songs off their upcoming album Reflektor, due to be released next month.
The '30 Rock' actress and comedian will be the new season's first guest host.
Tina Fey will host the Saturday Night Live season premiere episode on 28th September, it has been announced by NBC, via the NY Times. She will be joined by Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire who will appear in the show performing some of their music.
Tina Fey To Host SNL For A Fourth Time.
Fey is just one of three high profile guest hosts for the upcoming 39th season that NBC have planned, with Miley Cyrus and Bruce Willis taking the hosting responsibilities in the second and third episodes respectively. During Bruce Willis' third week on 12th October, 'California Gurls' pop star Katy Perry will join the Die Hard actor.
The video for 'Reflektor' was released on Monday, with the album artwork and further details on their fourth album emerging later that day
Arcade Fire are back with a whole heap of new material and album details to share with the ever-loving fans, with the band beginning to slowly leak more and more information about Reflektor over the course of 9 September. First we got the single and video for 'Reflektor,' then the news that Reflektor will be the name of the next album, and most recently we learned that it would be a double album, whilst also being treated to the artwork for the album. Monday was a good day.
Frontman Win Butler will return with his bandmates next month
The Anton Corbijn-directed video for the first track from the album, which features someone with an uncannily similar voice to David Bowie appearing mid-way through, began the torrent of AF album news that flooded newsfeeds across the web yesterday, and soon more and more information about the album was being revealed over the course of the day. The band's online store was updated to feature an album image baring Renaissance sculptor Auguste Rodin's marble imagining of Orpheus and Eurydice, which we asume is the official artwork for the album. The online store where the artwork was found also seemed to reveal that the upcoming fourth release from the Canadian band will be a double album too.
Tina Fey will host the first week of the sketch show's new season, followed by the always 'interesting' Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus will have a chance to redeem herself in the eyes of her peers, to an extent at least, when she takes on hosting duties on the second week of Saturday Night Live's next season. The hit sketch show will return for it's 39th season on 28 September, with Cyrus standing in as host the following week.
Miley Cyrus will host the second week of the new season
Tina Fey will return to the show where she made her name as the host of the first week of the new season, with Arcade Fire serving as her musical guest. The week after that will be The Miley Cyrus Show, with the oft-talked about star serving as both host and musical guest in what will no doubt be a sure fire way to boost the ratings, for better or worse. Her 5 October performance can work one of two ways for Miley, either she talks her recent behaviour in good jest and routinely lampoons herself and her newly acquired stage antics, or she gets all uppity and people stop pitying her and start actually hating her. Hopefully, it'll be the first option.
The band will release the follow-up to 2010's 'The Suburbs' on September 9
It has emerged that Arcade Fire are planning to release the follow-up to 2010's The Suburbs this September, with a source close to the band confirming the update to the news blog of Revolt TV. The blog said that it only learnt the date of the release and no other details, with the album set to go on sale on September 9.
The band have been working on the album pretty solidly since coming off of their extensive tour on the back of the release of their third album. Although no tracks from the still-untitled album have emerged online yet, we do know that the Canadian rockers have been working with DFA founder and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy to produce the September-release.
Earlier this year, Murphy said that he hasn't had too much of an influence on the seven member group - led by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne - as they are all seasoned studio experts. He also expressed his excitement over the album and told the Daily Star in June, "The album is going great. I am too in the middle of it to know which way it will go in the end. But it's going to be a fantastic record."
Continue reading: Arcade Fire Plan New Music For September Release
That clattering sound you thought you heard this week? Yeah, that was a thousand music journalists collectively dropping their pens when David Bowie suddenly released a new single - Where Are We Now? - on his 66th birthday. The British icon, now settled in Manhattan, also announced his first album in 10 years - The Next Day - set for release on March. Bowie, a forward thinking songwriter, addresses mortality and the past on his latest single, fuelling speculation as to whether the singer's latest record could well be his last.
There were murmuring of Bowie's return to the fray in 2012, though most expected him to appear at the London Olympics opening ceremony, sing Heroes and hop back on a plane to the East Coast of America. It never happened, and fans of the superstar were left sighing as Danny Boyle instead screened filmed footage of Bowie during his whistle-stop tour of Britain's pop history. Reviews of Where Are We Now? have been wholly positive, with our own Simon Jay Catling musing "this is a track that maintains the hallmarks of its creator's canon - lyrical signposts, themes that are never fully decoded, questions that open up more questions." Luke Turner of The Quietus said, "The song itself, well, it's proper Bowie, but with a really gorgeous swell, and at times heart-rending reflective tone to it. Brilliant stuff. My word." The Daily Telegraph - who also offered a positive review - quoted a spokesman as saying the track came "from out of nowhere," adding, "Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary."
Continue reading: David Bowie's Where Are We Now: Is The Old Master Bowing Out?
This track is like paint drying.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire, We Used To Wait Single Review
Three years is a long time in music; just ask the likes of Mika, Klaxons or Kanye West, all of whom could do no wrong back in 2007 yet each of which has since fallen by the wayside either critically, commercially or both. While it may be a harsh indictment to place at the feet of messrs Reynolds, Taylor-Brown and co., the point remains that the musical landscape has switched dramatically in what in reality is such a short space of time, deeming so many lauded artists of the day irrelevant in the process. That Montreal's Arcade Fire haven't entered the quagmire of dismissal speaks volumes for their concise, but ultimately consistent output. 2004's 'Funeral' has stood the test of time ever since, quite rightly exemplified by its subsequent status as one of the most astonishing debuts of the past (or indeed one before it) decade, while follow-up 'Neon Bible', despite containing the odd flaw here and there, still wiped the floor with 99% of its contemporaries upon release.
Continue reading: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs Album Review
@BellOrchestre performs their new album House Music with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra @OSMconcerts on November 2… https://t.co/MAJ12NGqFx
Festi season 🍷🩸 https://t.co/OfCVdNto7K
….and today, with Afterlife, we conclude (for now) our visitation of past live performances. RIP #AFPastLives ⚰️ 👻.… https://t.co/ZSF5giw0vY
Wake Up #AFPastLives https://t.co/WAPKuSSczW https://t.co/XvMhjqs5BD
Signs of Life #AFPastLives https://t.co/SxhWuu36DX https://t.co/uH8oZvNugh
We Exist #AFPastLives https://t.co/l6W3RyjZcC
Keep the Car Running #AFPastLives https://t.co/ETKaaIzPUq https://t.co/Zd44BWEZqp
Haiti (Live at Lowlands Festival, 2005) #AFPastLives https://t.co/zS4V177O32 https://t.co/fYYUH5SQbd
Creature Comfort #AFPastLives https://t.co/Kvg7rmmvKK https://t.co/jsAdEEBpjc
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) https://t.co/jWNndduOXW #AFPastLives https://t.co/5TJtgb4bMw
In the Backseat #AFPastLives https://t.co/qKzeEj4Agj https://t.co/hYdfsahrBI
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The Suburbs #AFPastLives https://t.co/TdNdnkoE8s https://t.co/Z1QnbJ2BMU
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