Oh, Canada. Tanya Tagaq, whose music incorporates Inuit throat singing, beat out the likes of Arcade Fire, Drake, and Mac DeMarco to win the country’s 2014 Polaris Music Prize, which was announced at a gala Monday night. Tagaq, who won for her album Animism—up against Arcade Fire’s Reflektor and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same, among others—used her acceptance speech to discuss wearing and eating seal, according to The Canadian Press. READ FULL STORY
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Canadian indie arena rockers the Arcade Fire have been making headlines during their Reflektor tour by busting out a new cover song at each stop, usually performed with at least some of the people on stage wearing giant papier mâché heads. So far they’ve done songs by everyone from Neil Young to Huey Lewis, and last night they added hardcore legends Fugazi to the list. During a performance in Washington, D.C., the group gave a fairly straightforward reading to the 1988 anthem “Waiting Room” and adding an enormously bobbleheaded Obama impersonator to the on-stage roster that already included a skeleton, a TV-headed man, and singer Win Butler wearing a Win Butler mask.
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler was too busy directing the music video for “You Already Know” to actually sing, so he got some help for his parts—from paintings with moving mouths and neon pink tape covering their eyes.
Anyone who thought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could’ve used more of Andrew Garfield wearing a dress and coming to terms with his sexuality, today’s your day: He does just that in the lengthy new video for Arcade Fire’s “We Exist,” just released this morning.
The song, from the band’s similarly lengthy Reflektor album, has been described by frontman Win Butler as the tale of a gay kid coming out to his straight father. In the video, Garfield shaves his head, dons a dress, and heads to the local townie bar — where things look like they could go Boys Don’t Cry at any moment — only to segue into a surprising dance routine and footage of Garfield at the band’s performance during the second weekend of this year’s Coachella.
It’s both strange and massively on-the-nose (check the “WE EXIST” text at the end, just in case anyone missed the point), as is Arcade Fire’s wont.
The 2014 Coachella will be memorialized as the year of the cameo. If Saturday elicited surprise appearances from the likes of Jay Z, Puff Daddy, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Sunday’s guest list attempted to up the ante—with a no-RSVP-needed guest list that included Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Deborah Harry from Blondie. By the time nightfall descended on the Polo Grounds in Indio, A-list musicians were practically popping up out of the Port-A-Potties. READ FULL STORY
Canada’s Juno Awards got the party started early, naming Arcade Fire, Drake, and Serena Ryder big winners ahead of Sunday’s televised ceremony.
During a dinner gala on Saturday, indie rockers Arcade Fire won alternative album of the year for Reflektor, while Drake picked up rap recording of the year for Nothing Was The Same. The Canadian music awards honored Serena Ryder as artist of the year.
Other early winners include Tegan and Sara, who scored pop album of the year for Heartthrob, and Matt Mays, whose Coyote grabbed rock album of the year. Country crooner Brett Kissel was named breakthrough artist of the year. READ FULL STORY
When the chatter first began about Spike Jonze’s warm, lovely film Her, one of the talking points was the music: Arcade Fire member William Butler and fellow Canadian Owen Pallett (known to the pop world as Final Fantasy) would be writing the score, Arcade Fire would perform it, and additional musical input would come from Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O (who had previously collaborated with Jonze on the music for Where The Wild Things Are).
The results lived up to the anticipation; the music in Her perfectly complements the internal life of lead character Theodore Twombly (played by Joaquin Phoenix). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed, and when the Oscar nominations were handed down last week, both the score (by Butler and Pallett) and the original song “The Moon Song” (performed by Karen O and written by her and Jonze) were included in the race for prizes.
But despite the accolades, the music from Her is unavailable for purchase, either in physical or digital form. READ FULL STORY
Bruce Springsteen, Vampire Weekend, Christina Aguilera, Arcade Fire, more headline New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014
New Orleans knows how to throw a good party. And the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival looks like it will be no exception.
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Santana, Phish, Public Enemy, and more will join New Orleans jazz and funk acts like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kermit Ruffins, the North Mississippi Allstars, and Allen Toussaint at the annual music extravaganza, which runs over two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4.
Other highlights include Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, and Chaka Khan. In a nod to the indie rock turn the annual event has taken in the past few years, Foster the People and The Head and The Heart have also joined the lineup.
Springsteen last played Jazz Fest in 2012 and Arcade Fire paid a visit to the fairgrounds in 2011. Check out the announcement video below and get the full daily lineup on the festival’s site here.
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The full lineup for the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, was announced Wednesday night, and among the usual suspects — including repeat headliners Arcade Fire and Muse — was news of the reunited Atlanta hip-hop duo. Also performing back-to-back weekends in April: Lorde (her first appearance), Beck, Pharrell Williams, Lana del Rey, Nas, Haim, and dozens more artists.
The festival goes down April 11-13 and April 18-20, and tickets for both weekends go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PT. Check out the full lineup below:
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Arcade Fire have always been serious about visual presentation, but for the images surrounding their new album Reflektor, they’ve really gone to another level. Such is the case with the video for the just-released video for “Afterlife.”
The clip, directed by Emily Kai Bock (who has also done videos for Grizzly Bear and Grimes), tracks the dream lives of a father and his two sons and features lots of deep-focus black and white cinematography.
Because it’s a song from Reflektor, it’s also over seven minutes long and aggressively melancholy, so prepare to spill a few tears on your lunch salad.
Check out the video for Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife” below. READ FULL STORY
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