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
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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.
ORIGINAL POST: Get ready to shake it like a Polaroid picture: OutKast is reuniting at Coachella.
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
Perhaps by 2014, you will have fully ingested and processed Arcade Fire’s new album Reflektor and will thus be ready to enjoy them in a live setting. Luckily for you, they are indeed heading out on tour next year.
The Reflektor Tour kicks off on March 6 in Louisville, KY, and will take them through August 30 in Montreal. Tthe tour is broken up into three different legs: They’ll start off in hockey arenas and graduate to amphitheaters and other outdoor venues once the weather warms up.
Tickets go on sale November 22, so check out their official site for more details and purchase instructions.
Check out the whole list of tour dates below, and also give the “Reflektor” video another spin while you’re at it. READ FULL STORY
Back in 2010, Arcade Fire scored their first number one with The Suburbs, an album that would go on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year. The Canadian collective is back on top with their follow-up Reflektor, which opens its sales life at the top of the Billboard 200 with 140,000 copies sold. That’s a solid number, though its slightly below the kickoff week for The Suburbs, which picked up 156,000.
Of course, Arcade Fire only spent a single week at number one last time around — The Suburbs was dethroned by Eminem’s Recovery, which had returned to the top of the chart in its eighth week of release. It looks like history will be repeating itself: Eminem’s just-released The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is on track to sell between 700,000 and 750,000 units this week, which would easily give Slim Shady his 11th chart-topper and the second-biggest opening of the year behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience.
That would also be right on pace with the opening week of Recovery, which opened with 741,000 copies sold. Of course, he’ll fall well short of the premiere week for 2000′s The Marshall Mathers LP, which hit a staggering 1.76 million copies. Em will even fall short of the first Marshall Mathers LP‘s second week, which saw it do another 800,000. Still, Slim Shady has shown remarkable durability despite shifting cultural allegiances and mixed reviews.
Do you have one hour, 25 minutes and 16 seconds? If so, you can now hear Arcade Fire’s Reflektor in its entirety. (It should take you a bit less time to read my somewhat skeptical review of the album.)
The new teaser comes with an album-length lyric video that shows people dancing. They are not the same people who were pranked at Arcade Fire’s show this past weekend in Brooklyn. They are, in fact, Brazilian—the footage seems to have been taken from the 1959 movie Black Orpheus. (One of the songs on the album is called “It’s Never Over [Oh Orpheus].”)
Every Tuesday morning in New Releases Roundup, we’ll publish our reviews of the week’s top releases as found in the pages of Entertainment Weekly. This week: Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, The Head and the Heart, Brandy Clark, and Poliça.
Katy Perry, Prism “Katy’s superpower, now more than ever, is minting songs so relatable that their insights quickly scale up to inspirational. ‘I don’t negotiate with insecurities,” she sings on ‘Love Me,’ a luminous ballad in Prism‘s otherwise sluggish last third. Insecurities are sorta like personal terrorists, and she defeats them with nü-disco jams like ‘International Smile,’ an air kiss to a jet-setting DJ girlfriend.” (Click here for Nick Catucci’s full review.)
Arcade Fire, Reflektor “Butler & Co. have always known whose side they’re on when it comes to existential questions about war or suburbia. But here, with LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy as their new producer, they sound as separatist as they feel.” (Click here for Nick Catucci’s full review.)
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