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Throughout their 16 years of existing as a band, Arcade Fire have consistently managed to reinvent themselves, from their 2004 debut Funeral all the way through to their fourth full-length, the 2013 James Murphy-produced Reflektor and their underrated but tremendous score for (one of my favorite films) Spike Jonze's Her. In that time period, the six-piece band has gone from an imported Canadian gem to one of the biggest bands in the world, regularly playing SNL, headlining music festivals, and embarking on...
Shasta Fay Hepworth and I were introduced to each other at a party back in my hometown of Austin, and right away it was obvious that we were both into each other. She was beautiful (hazel eyes, a thousand-watt smile) and witty. She had many of the same interests I did (books, writing, sports) and a few I knew nothing about (dressage). Twenty-eight years old, she taught high school chemistry, and made bad scientific...
The last time I saw Karen O perform she summoned several thousand festival-goers into a hypnotic chant ("M-aaa-aaa-ps, M-aaa-aaa-ps"), sashayed around stage in a sorceress' silver poncho, kicked inflatable eyeballs into the crowd, stuffed an entire microphone in her mouth, and sang (also yelped) in demonic glee at the helm of New York art-rock icons Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It's a different scene at last night's listening party for her solo debut, and not just the...