Arcade Fire

The Bootleg Theater Is Closing: So Many Memories…

By Alyson Camus | June 21, 2021

It’s really a shame the Bootleg could not make it

A Few Bands That I Used To Truly Love

By Alyson Camus | March 30, 2021

Will I still pay to see any of these artists in concert?

Is Ivanka Listening To Music? Do We Even Care?

By Alyson Camus | November 11, 2020

she had a punk phase in the ‘90s

Arcade Fire Debuted ‘Generation A’ On Colbert

By Alyson Camus | November 4, 2020

a hopeful message to the youths

Goodbye To The Satellite: The Iconic Silverlake Venue Is Closing For Good

By Alyson Camus | July 17, 2020

the closure of the Satellite is a huge loss

A Few Snippets From Arcade Fire Upcoming Album

By Alyson Camus | May 2, 2020

‘I’m pouring my heart, soul and all of my precious time into the music and recording.’

L.A. BURNING, WEST COAST CONCERT PICKS, SEPTEMBER 17TH TO 23RD

By Alyson Camus | September 16, 2018

Jack White: Kneeling at the Anthem D.C. at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Tuesday

Arcade Fire At Infinite Energy Center (Duluth, GA), Thursday, September 21st, 2017, Reviewed

By Mike Holcomb | September 23, 2017

Having a real dance party

Arcade Fire At Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 15, 2017

if not quite rote than certainly there is no doubt they can turn it on at will

US Top 10 Albums 8-19-17

By Iman Lababedi | August 7, 2017

if Pitchfork hate you, you can’t be all bad. 

Arcade Fire’s New Album ‘Everything Now’ Is A Boring Disappointment

By Alyson Camus | July 29, 2017

dead despite the omnipresent dance beats

Checking The Setlist Before You See The Concert

By Iman Lababedi | July 16, 2017

The first hour is breathtaking

Going Steady: New Singles Reviewed 6-16-17 – 6-22-17

By Iman Lababedi | June 21, 2017

disco rock and first rate

Arcade Fire Releases ‘Everything Now’, Announces ‘Infinite Content’ Tour

By Alyson Camus | June 2, 2017

a dance floor in the desert,

Listen To Arcade Fire And Mavis Staples New Track, ‘I Give You Power’

By Alyson Camus | January 20, 2017

people expect so much from a band like Arcade Fire.

When Coldplay And Arcade Fire Cover The Boss

By Alyson Camus | August 10, 2016

Recently two major superstars covered Springsteen songs

Arcade Fire’s Secret Gig At Jardin Des Tuileries In Paris

By Alyson Camus | May 28, 2016

It was announced around 5 pm via JR social media.

New Footage Of Arcade Fire’s 2014 Trip To Haiti

By Alyson Camus | February 8, 2016

We can now watch a new footage of a stripped down version of their song ‘Here Comes the Night Time’ produced and filmed by the students of Artists Institute.

A Parade For Bowie This Saturday In New Orleans

By Alyson Camus | January 15, 2016

‘Dress in your best Bowie outfit or something more strange and meet us at 4pm on Saturday, January 16th at Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter St., NOLA) to parade,’

Not Enough Female Artists At Coachella?

By Alyson Camus | January 7, 2016

It seems there’s no in between among female artists, they are either too superstars or second-line-on-Coachella-poster.

2015 Was A Real Gallery Of Rock Stars For Me

By Alyson Camus | January 3, 2016

I was lucky, beside Ringo Starr’s 75th birthday (above) I have attended a lot of concerts and events.

‘The Reflektor Tapes’ At The Theater at Ace Hotel, Monday September 21st 2015 Review

By Alyson Camus | September 25, 2015

It is very difficult to speak about your own art, most artists avoid it, but if you are going to make a movie about it, wouldn’t be nice to learn a bit of something? I am not talking about an overanalyze of lyrics or music, but there must be some middle ground between an old VH1 documentary, ‘the making of’ type they were showing in the 90’s, and this series of impressionistic clips, with occasional voices off camera mentioning vague philosophical references.

Win and Regine Butler At The Reflector Tapes Premiere At Ace Hotel, Monday September 21st 2015

By Alyson Camus | September 22, 2015

Yesterday was ‘The Reflector Tapes’ film premiere at the Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Arcade Fire’s Will and Regine Butler came to present the film, they even did Q & A after the screening of the movie, and Will read a Bukowski poem ‘because I am pretentious’, as he put it. Regina was cute, wearing her usual back little dress, Will had an urban Amish look, he looked like a giant wearing red shoes?

Arcade Fire’s ‘Wake Up’ Is The Soundtrack of LA2024 Olympic Games Campaign

By Alyson Camus | September 15, 2015

Come on, the song has been used and re-used so many times, during hockey games, soccer games, in commercials and Super Bowls commercials, for the trailer of the 2009 movie ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and the 2014 movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’… even U2 used it for the Vertigo Tour! We have heard it, alright, too many times.

Arcade Fire’s “The Reflektor Tapes” Coming Attraction Drops

By Iman Lababedi | August 11, 2015

It actually looks like fun though I bet their egotistical posturing will get as tedious on film as it does in person eventually. Still, it took me back to the last album which sounds better than I remembered it

It’s A War Between Streaming Services To Get Artists

By Alyson Camus | April 13, 2015

We still don’t know much about Tidal, but according to The Verge,Tidal reportedly offered millions of dollars and an equity stake to artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Jack White, Madonna, Usher, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5,… in exchange of their exclusive conten

Jay Z Launches Tidal, His New Streaming Service

By Alyson Camus | April 1, 2015

Jay Z recently purchased the streaming service for some $56 million and he wants to make it as a competitor to Spotify, or Rdio. Alicia called it the ‘beginning of a whole new era’,… but for whom exactly? A new era for Jay Z and Madonna to make even more money? What’s new exactly? A new sound? a better listening experience?

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Denounces Bands That Are Selling Out At SXSW

By Alyson Camus | March 21, 2015

It is selling out, though. You can afford to get a chipotle burrito if you manage your tour right. Essentially, artists have been getting screwed over at pretty much the same rate, but now slightly different people are screwing us over.’

Listen To Will Butler’s Three Last Songs For The Guardian

By Alyson Camus | March 1, 2015

‘The words to today’s song are taken from Psalm 137. It’s a song of sorrow and rage from the mouth of a refugee whose city has been destroyed. The sorrow portion of the psalm is extremely famous and often quoted – ”How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”

Will Butler’s Second Guardian-News-Inspired Song: ‘Waving Flag’

By Alyson Camus | February 26, 2015

Butler wrote the song after reading about the repatriation of the body of anti Apartheid hero Moses Kotane from Russia to South Africa. Kotane was a great influence on Nelson Mendela and he was also a communist, which first confused Butler

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler To Write A Song A Day About A Guardian News Story

By Alyson Camus | February 24, 2015

I just wonder what subjects he will pick, it’s difficult to be optimistic about another ISIS beheading. Take any headlines on the Guardian website today, ‘South Sudan gunmen kidnap at least 89 boys from village near Malakal’, ’14-year-old Palestinian jailed for stone-throwing maintains innocence’ ‘Jewish magazine in Germany to be delivered in plain envelopes’ … ouch!

Not With The Band: Which Band Of Today Will Be Relevant In 10 Or 20 Years?

By Alyson Camus | January 5, 2015

Today, there is certainly a lot of mediocrity, any American Idol, X Factor product is an example for me! But at the same time, there is a lot of excellent music, it is just harder to find it because of the enormous amount of bands formed every year and songs released each day!

My Best Concerts of 2014 (Part 1)

By Alyson Camus | December 28, 2014

Nick Cave: I saw him twice this year, and it was totally spectacular because I even met him in person! First, at the Los Angeles premiere of his fake autobiographical movie, ‘20,000 days on Earth’ at the Egyptian theater on June 10th

Arcade Fire's Will Butler Releases A Christmas Song

By Alyson Camus | December 27, 2014

Will Butler, Win’s little brother, is starting to have a sort of solo career, as he will release his own album in 2015, followed by a tour to support it, and he has just released a Christmas song, appropriately for the season… At this time of the year, not much is going on in the music world,…

Arcade Fire At Barclay Center, Friday, August 22nd, 2014, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | August 23, 2014

AF couldn’t quite cash in on the good vibrations, how can so many people fail to cease the moment and imprint themselves on our DNA? There were short sharp dance sounds and a sense of restraint that didn’t build into a singular vision, a singular event. Seldom did they manage to sustain it, they were like the 2014 Yankees, they couldn’t put three wins together in a row

Let's Active: rock nyc Concert Picks For The Week Of August 18th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | August 17, 2014

Alyson Camus wasn’t thrilled by Arcade Fire when she saw them earlier this year but she was a bigger fan than I ever was, and I also don’t believe she loved Reflektor as much as I did. My only problem with the album was it didn’t sell enough copies, and sales effects my opinion of pop music, but as albums go? It is a masterful and lush disco variant. And I can’t wait to see it live at Barclay Center on Saturday.

Not With The Band: My Summer Of Many Close Encounters

By Alyson Camus | August 13, 2014

Big rock stars are a bit like aliens, you rarely see them, they travel inside big black vehicles, and you work very hard at getting close to them. But when you get there, it seems surreal. I had a summer of encounters with rock stars, whatever the level of the encounters (and they were all at least of the third kind) they left the biggest impression of the summer on me

Arcade Fire After Party At The Bootleg, Saturday August 2nd 2014

By Alyson Camus | August 4, 2014

Win continued to spin some tunes till 3 am, and I appreciated the Bowie and Nirvana touch at the end of the night.. I almost forgot, there was also a piñata full of candies, so it was definitively a real party,… I left the theater with a handful of candies and sparkling confetti, hearing the security guard shouting ‘good night’ to the people talking and drinking, who were still not ready to leave…

Arcade Fire At The Forum, Friday August 1st 2014, Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | August 4, 2014

Yesterday night, Arcade Fire was playing the 17,000-seat Forum and their music didn’t belong to me anymore, the show was big in all directions and dimensions, it made my head explode and I said good bye to Arcade Fire I used to know.

Musician Kasey Anderson Charged With Fraud After Fake Project Involving Springsteen & Lady Gaga

By Alyson Camus | July 29, 2014

“I lied to myself and others, and believing those lies, I told myself consistently that whatever was going on with me … I could fix it on my own. I convinced myself that it was normal. I am a deeply flawed and mentally ill person who made some terrible choices, causing so much emotional and financial damage to others. But I believe I have much to offer my community.’

Did Arcade Fire Do The Wrong Thing?

By Iman Lababedi | May 28, 2014

The entire concept of acting is empathy and portrayal and to discriminate on who performs what role due to sexual orientation is a dastardly concept. There are many more heterosexual roles (and many more heterosexuals) than transgender youth, so if you are gonna sexually segregate performers, the minority is gonna get it in the ear.

Against Me! Laura Jane Grace Criticizes Arcade Fire's Transgender Video

By Alyson Camus | May 24, 2014

It would be the equivalent of me (a white female) writing about the story of a black man in the US, wouldn’t it be perceived as pompous and patronizing? I wouldn’t even dare of course! But the crazy part of the video is the end, the beating gives Garfield some kind of dancing superpower and he starts to dance like Jennifer Beals in the 90s classic ‘Flashdance’.

Arcade Fire's "Radio Free Europe", Reviewed

By Helen Bach | May 8, 2014

Win Butlers vocals have never met a note it could match so it always becomes this sort of straining whine. Is it deep emotion or too much ego that pinches his chords and causes such pain?

Arcade Fire Show The True Face Of EDM

By Iman Lababedi | April 24, 2014

What Arcade Fire did was prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. They showed how, indeed, Daft Punk could be and are and would be and might be anybody. It is the opposite of anybody can be a star, the new punk ethos appears to be nobody at all can be a star.

Arcade Fire Take Over Los Angeles (And My Life) On Monday

By Alyson Camus | April 23, 2014

You could win tickets by listening to Alt 98.7 all day. Great! Another opportunity for unemployed people who can listen to the radio all day long and spend the whole day hooked on the busy tone of their smart phone. This is nothing new, a lot of ‘secret show’ giveaways work this way

Arcade Fire covers Prince’s “Controversy”

By Helen Bach | March 12, 2014

Win Butlers vocals make my skin crawl. Its as if he has trouble stayin on key. Musically I will concede that its alright- maybe the bongo’s are a bit strong (and I swear trotting horse like at times) but its the vocals… that are so bad that I cringe.

Arcade Fire Are Turning To Groupon To Sell Their Reflektor Tour

By Alyson Camus | March 6, 2014

The tickets seem to be all gone now, which means Arcade Fire is not totally in trouble, but since prices were as low as $22, it is not a real surprise! Alas for me, a $22 Arcade Fire ticket is an opportunity that will never occur if you live in Los Angeles!

The A+ List: 1-30-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 30, 2014

Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers – Love them close harmonies, you can hear what Lennon and McCartney were listening to, and the background lick is very good -it moves right along, the lyric is sticky but the chorus, really the last four lines of the verse, is elastoplast.

Arcade Fires 2014 Setlist (Annotated Of Course)

By Iman Lababedi | January 25, 2014

It is two years since I liked didn’t love Arcade Fire at MSG but while I realize my taste is certainly in the minority, I preferred Reflektor to The Suburbs and prefer dance to indie rock any dance so I am possibly more excited than you are over this.

10 Songs: What rock nyc Is Listening To 1-23-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2014

Me And Liza – Rufus Wainwright – “Famous till the day that we die….” After tributing her Mama, Rufus, on this Out Of The Game outtake, sings a pure pop Rufus style kiss to the legend; the song is a standard MOR sound which I kinda hope he grows out of – B+