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New Releases Roundup: Read EW's reviews of Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, and more

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.)


Arcade Fire tricks the crowd at 'secret' show in Brooklyn


In retrospect, it should’ve been obvious. The stage at the Bushwick warehouse where Arcade Fire was supposed to play their “secret” show did seem awfully small, especially for such an unwieldy band. But that didn’t deter scores of fans, dressed up in their mandatory formal wear and/or costumes, from positioning themselves towards the small stage for roughly two hours, waiting for the Montreal indie-rockers to appear.

At around 9:30pm, James Murphy (former LCD Soundsystem frontman, current Arcade Fire producer) took the stage to apologize to the audience. “We can only get three members for right now,” he said. “I’d like to introduce the Reflektors!” A trio of figures wearing giant papier-mache heads jumped onto the stage, took their instruments, and began noodling around lifelessly. Hmm.

They abruptly exited the stage, and just as they did, a giant curtain on the far west side of the venue lifted and revealed another stage — the real one, more than large enough to accommodate the seven members of Arcade Fire. Thanks to the bait-and-switch move, people who thought they were at the front of the audience found themselves suddenly in the back. This caused a swarm of fans to race from one stage to the other as the band — performing under the name the Reflektors, which lines up with the title of their upcoming album  – launched into their new single called (you guessed it) “Reflektor.”


Watch Arcade Fire's 'Here Comes The Night Time' concert special

In case you were lulled to sleep by the weekend’s tepid Saturday Night Live premiere and missed musical guest Arcade Fire’s neon-colored concert special that aired right after the SNL credits rolled, you’re in luck: The entirety of the 22-minute affair, which features a bunch of new tracks from the band’s forthcoming album Reflektor, is now online.

Produced in association with the Creators Project and directed by Roman Coppola, Here Comes The Night Time features Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler jacking both Wayne Coyne and the ’97 version of Marilyn Manson. There’s also James Franco auditioning for a role in the Bill & Ted remake, Michael Cera endorsing Shakira en Espanol (and then later lecturing about the coolness of rooks on a chess board), Bill Hader and Zach Galifianakis in space, and a lot of those suits that Mike Mills wore in the “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” video.

There will probably be some sort of Bingo board or drinking game surrounding this thing soon, so go ahead and get familiar below:


Arcade Fire return with new song 'Reflektor' feat. David Bowie -- hear it here


Post-weekend newsflash no. 1: Arcade Fire are back with their first new song in nearly two years, and it’s a shimmering, Bowie-esque glam-boogie stomper.

Post-weekend newsflash no. 2: It sounds like Bowie because rumor is it is David Bowie.

Reps have not confirmed yet that the song’s guest is in fact the Jean Genie himself, but if a hyperventilating blogosphere is to be believed, it sure sounds like it.

What is confirmed? That LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy coproduced the track, which will be on their upcoming fourth studio album of the same name, due Oct. 29. And that Arcade Fire will be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live‘s season opener on Sept. 28, with host Tina Fey. READ FULL STORY

Sufjan Stevens Christmas compilation - Hear It Here

You’re probably asking yourself, ‘Just how quirky is Sufjan Stevens’ new Christmas compilation, Silver and Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10?’

Well, rather than spoil the fun and answer that question for you, let’s take a look at a few tracks.


Soundtrack to 'The Hunger Games' includes Taylor Swift, Decemberists, members of Arcade Fire

Though we’re still a few months away from the film’s premiere, can we all agree that 2012 is going to be the year of The Hunger Games? The much-buzzed-about adaptation of the hit young adult book series promises to turn a handful of stars into true A-listers (including star Jennifer Lawrence) and also seems ready to fill the young-people-overcoming-the-odds-in-a-fantasy-world void left by the lack of a new Harry Potter movie. Long story short, this thing is going to be bonkers.

Like any huge tentpole movie, it has to have a big soundtrack as accompaniment. Last week, Taylor Swift unveiled the album’s first single “Safe and Sound,” a collaboration with the Civil Wars. Over the weekend, the remainder of the lineup got fleshed out a bit, with Universal announcing that the disc will also include contributions from the Decemberists and Win Butler & Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire. READ FULL STORY

Arcade Fire's manager bites back at music exec's open letter to Grammys: 'They just made the best album'

Arcade FireArcade Fire manager Scott Rodger has (arcade) fired back at allegations that his Canadian indie rockers knew about their “Album of the Year” Grammy win ahead of time.

Rodger insists there was “no big plot” in spite of what industry player Steve Stoute implied in a full-page ad in the New York Times, which Rodger calls “a nice piece of self-publicity.”

Rodger was referring to Stoute’s vitriolic letter in Sunday’s Times which marveled at the “sheer coincidence” that Arcade Fire were ready to play out the awards show immediately after nabbing their Grammy.

As for whether the least-known band on the Grammy broadcast was in cahoots with insider masterminds and network TV execs, Rodger had this to say:

“Arcade Fire had the final slot on the Grammys as the ratings are low at the end of the broadcast. It really is that simple. We were one of the least-known acts on the bill for a network audience. Don’t you think I wanted a better slot for the band?”

Rodger also said their second performance was not guaranteed, as the producers would have cut it if the awards show had run overtime. In fact, the last half of “Ready to Start” was still drowned-out by sponsorship messages and completely cut from international broadcasts.


Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire winners at Brit Awards

Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Cee Lo Green were among the acts honored on Tuesday night at the 2011 Brit Awards, held at London’s O2 Arena. Arcade Fire — surprise winners of Album of the Year (The Suburbs) at Sunday’s Grammys – took home two trophies, for International Album and International Group. Rihanna claimed the award for Best International Female Star, Cee Lo Green was named International Male Solo Artist, and Justin Bieber, who said he was “disappointed” that he didn’t win Best New Artist at the Grammys, triumphed in the International Breakthrough Act category. British acts Mumford & Sons, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, and Take That also took home awards.

What was Grammy's biggest surprise?

eminemImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comLast night’s Grammy ceremony was full of surprising twists that enlivened the performances and had a major impact on the awards. Esperanza Spalding won for Best New Artist, upsetting box-office superstar Justin Bieber, Drake and Mumford and Sons. Arcade Fire lost to the Black Keys for Best Alternative Music Album, but then rebounded to edge Eminem for Album of the Year. Shady, who had been nominated for 10 awards, had to settle for only two trophies, for Rap Album and Rap Solo Performance. (Maybe that’s why he dropped that F-bomb during “Love the Way You Lie.”) And then there was Lady Gaga arriving in an egg, and then sporting a set of horns; Christina Aguilera nearly tumbled; and Cee-Lo’s outfit was a feathery rainbow connection. So many twists and shockers, but what would you say was the biggest? Vote below. READ FULL STORY

Kanye, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, and the Strokes to headline Coachella festival

Coachella-lineupIf it doesn’t register on Kanye’s Twitter blast, did it really happen? In fact, yes; though Yeezy has yet to note it in 140 characters or less, he will indeed be headlining the 12th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California—that sweltering, celebratory mix of alt and mainstream culture, on-the-cusp talent and elder statesmen.

West, a 2006 Coachella alum, will be joined for the April 15-17 by other returning performers, including headliners Kings of Leon, also there in ’07, and class of ’05 and ’07 members Arcade Fire, as well as the Strokes, Animal Collective, Robyn, Lauryn Hill, Cee Lo, the Black Keys, PJ Harvey, Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Sleigh Bells, Erykah Badu, the National, Wiz Khalifa, Bright Eyes, Best Coast, Ariel Pink, the Black Keys, Duran Duran, and many more. (for a full lineup, see here.)

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 21 at 10:00am PST via, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and at Passes for all ages are $269 for a regular three-day pass or $699 VIP, plus various surcharges (layaway is available), and camping passes are $75. Children under 5 are free. But could it possibly be as bro-mazing as this?

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