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Entering the arena at Madison Square Garden last night, the members of Arcade Fire, led by band leaders and alternating vocalists Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, approached the stage to a rising swell of cheers from the stadium. Except there was no stage—just a platform with a ring. As they reached it one by one, a Jim Ross-type announcer read out statistics about the band, much like before a boxing match. Once every member...
Climbing up and down from a platform at the center of what was essentially live music-in-the-round, Win Butler must have been fully engulfed with sound waves—so much so, it would seem, that for the very first time, he messed up the lyrics to one of his band’s most famous songs. “That’s the first time we ever fucked up ‘No Cars Go’,” the towering Arcade Fire frontman said on Wednesday night, early on in the...
With the release of their fifth studio album, Everything Now, next week will be a big one for Arcade Fire. The rock gang from Canada has released a handful of singles already to build excitement for the new album release, and they're very good—"Creature Comfort" in particular is one of my favorite songs of the year. With the album's release next Friday, the band will perform a small, intimate album release show right here in Brooklyn next...
Many people say the weather is a poor topic of conversation. I agree, most of the time. But this is not true in Montreal. In Montreal, the weather is a force to reckon with. It is like the class bully, only one that is truly powerful, and against whom the entire town unifies in a common fight. That’s how it feels anyway—surmountable—when you’re properly dressed. On a visit there not long ago, I was not....

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