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Arcade Fire (formed 1995)
Arcade Fire is a Canadian alternative rock band. They have released two full-length studio albums; Funeral and Neon Bible.

The Early Years: Arcade Fire began whilst Win Butler studied at the Phillips Exeter Academy. The original line-up of the band consisted of Win Butler, Josh Deu and Tim Kyle (Kyle is now in the band Wild Light). The existing formation of the band began in 2003 in Montreal, Canada, with Butler's wife Régine Chassagne and Owen Pallett (also of Final Fantasy).

In late 2003, early 2004, the band recorded the tracks that would later make up their debut album, Funeral. Prior to its release, Arcade Fire released an EP, known as the 'Us Kids Know' EP. Originally, the disc was only sold informally at shows but when the band gained notoriety, the EP was remastered and given a wider release.

The band members play a wide range of musical instruments, including hurdy gurdy, harp, mandolin and French horn and the band members frequently swap instruments when they play live.

Line-up: As well as Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, the main members of the band are: William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Jeremy Gara, Sarah Neufeld and Tim Kingsbury.

The touring band also includes Owen Pallett, Marika Anthony-Shaw, Kelly Pratt, Colin Stetson and Pietro Amato.

Howard Bilerman played drums on Funeral but no longer collaborates with the band.

Funeral and onwards: Arcade Fire's debut album Funeral was released in Canada first, in September 2004 and then in the UK in February 2005. Several of the band members' relatives had passed away during the recording of the album, hence the title.

The success of Funeral was unprecedented and Merge Records sold out of their original run of CDs, whilst the album became the label's first release to hit the US charts. David Bowie picked up on the recordings and created a great deal of attention for the band.

In 2005, Arcade Fire played a number of popular music festivals across the world, including Coachella, Reading and Leeds and Lollapalooza.

In September 2005, Arcade Fire performed with David Bowie at the Fashion Rocks event and the tracks were later made available on iTunes. That same month, they also played on Top of the Pops, playing 'Rebellion (Lies)'. The band also opened for U2 on their 'Vertigo' tour and joined U2 for a cover of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division. They also appeared on Later with Jools Holland in May 2005.

Before they began recording their second album Neon Bible, Arcade Fire bought a derelict church in Farnham, Quebec and turned it into a recording studio.

The debut track to be released from Neon Bible was 'Intervention'. Despite having been leaked on the internet, the album became available in March 2007. The album went to number one in the Canadian album charts as well as the Irish album chart. The first physical release from the album was 'Black Mirror', which was compared by many critics to Echo and the Bunnymen.

In October 2007, Win and Régine appeared onstage with Bruce Springsteen, playing 'Keep the Car Running' and 'State Trooper'. The band also played a number of free concerts in support of Barack Obama's US presidential campaign in 2008.

A DVD entitled Mirior Noir, featuring footage from the Neon Bible tour was released for pre-order in December 2008.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Nickelback: We're A Guilty Pleasure


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Nickelback see themselves as a ''guilty pleasure''.

Frontman Chad Kroeger says the band isn't a ''cool indie'' one like Arcade Fire but thinks they still have a place in the music industry.

He told Canada's CBC Radio: ''We're not a cool indie band, we're not Arcade Fire. They're critics' darlings. You're supposed to like those bands because they're hip, they're indie and cool. You're supposed to like them as a critic. I don't think you're supposed to like us.

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Arcade Fire Announce New Album 'Everything Now' And Detail 'Infinite Content' Tour


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After a week of cryptic activity on Twitter, indie-rock legends Arcade Fire have announced a brand new album titled Everything Now. The follow-up to 2013’s Reflektor, their fifth studio album, will be released on July 28th via Columbia Records.

The new LP includes the title track ‘Everything Now’, which the band was selling as an exclusive 12” vinyl single at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, ahead of their highly anticipated headline set there on Saturday night (June 3rd).

Arcade Fire's Win Bulter at British Summer TimeArcade Fire headlining Glastonbury back in 2014

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The Ten Most Anticipated Performances Of Primavera Sound Festival 2017


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Now on its seventeenth edition, the festival has expanded to become one of the most celebrated and renowned festivals in the world, as well as becoming a hub for the industry to explore ideas and concepts regarding music on a global stage. Contactmusic are back at Primavera Sound for another edition and we can't wait to explore one of the world’s most diverse festivals once more. With an overwhelming array of acts and genres to explore here are ten of our most anticipated artists that we can't wait to see alongside the sunny shores of Barcelona.

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Song To Song Trailer


The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two aspiring songwriters named Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling) become entwined in two overlapping love triangles with a major player in the music business named Cook (Michael Fassbender) - who encourages them to take their music careers further - and a charming waitress (Natalie Portman). As much as their lives are about making it in the industry and becoming world renowned successes, their lives get more complicated by disloyalty, temptation and infatuation with each other, pushing all of them ultimately further away. Can love last when betrayal lies at every corner?

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Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes Review

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Arcade Fire were never going to make your standard fly-on-the-wall documentary. While they appear to have fun onstage, music-wise they do take themselves very seriously, and they have every right to do so. They could've been your standard, early-2000s indie band, but instead they have grown and evolved in ways that their contemporaries have failed to. Each of their albums stand alone; similar to, but never the same, as their predecessor. The band are intelligent and experimental, so it was natural that they would want to explore their music's routes in an interesting and thought-provoking manner. Unfortunately, the film does so in a way that puts an invisible barrier between the band and the audience.

Visually, the film is stunning. It's half music documentary, half art video. The transitions and colours are beautiful, and the clever editing to pick out one solo instrument or vocal in a track is unique and exciting. However, there are just so many colours, noises, and jump cuts to take in that it can get jarring. At a couple of points, a song will be just about to reach the chorus or an exciting part of a live performance, and it will suddenly cut away to a completely different piece of footage. The barrier goes up, and the fans are left wondering why they couldn't just watch the whole performance.

The only slight moments of intimacy are found with Régine Chassagne. With the 'Reflektor' album, she had a chance to truly embrace her Haitian heritage. Footage shows her with husband Win Butler experimenting with new sounds and rhythms which ended up forming the backbone of the album. You learn that she spent her younger life feeling invisible, something that she's now shunned with colourful, sparkling costumes onstage and a huge presence in their music. This is the album where she really came into her own and had the strongest influence in the band.

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'The Reflektor Tapes' Explores Meaning Behind Arcade Fire's Number One Album [Trailer]


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Arcade Fire are set to hit the big screen for the first time this Autumn with their unique upcoming documentary entitled 'The Reflektor Tapes', which comes two years after the release of their worldwide acclaimed album 'Reflektor'.

Arcade FireArcade Fire are coming with their debut documentary 'The Reflektor Tapes'

The movie explores what went into the making of the globally chart-topping record, which gripped listeners in 2013 with singles such as 'Afterlife', 'We Exist' and, of course, 'Reflektor'. The Grammy winning alt-rock collective, fronted by husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, recorded in Montreal alongside co-producers Markus Dravs and James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem) after a long trip to Jamaica and went on to sell out venues internationally with the subsequent Reflektor Tour.

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Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes Trailer


In 2013, Grammy winning rock band Arcade Fire released their number one, critically lauded album 'Reflektor'; a double album co-produced by James Murphy and Markus Dravs. Now the band are letting us into their world to explore the intricate making of this rara influenced record, from their first inspirations in Jamaica, their first recording sessions in Montreal and their highly publicized show in Haiti. 'There were parts of the Reflektor tour where I think we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads', says the band. 'We were insanely lucky to have Kahlil Joseph documenting from the very beginning.'

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Arcade Fire's 'Neon Bible' Recording Studio Set To Re-Open


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Arcade Fire's 128-year-old renovated church recording studio is to be reopened next month after being bought by Emery Street Records. The old red brick church is located in Farnham in Canada, and also saw artists like Timber Timbre, Wolf Parade and Beirut record within its walls. Named Grand Lodge No. 24, the building is a part of music history and, following its recent purchase, could yet prove to part of music's future. 

Arcade Fire performing at British Summer Time Hyde Park
Arcarde Fire's fourth studio album, 'The Suburbs', debuted at the top of Billboard's 200 list

The studio, located 65 kilometres to the south of Montreal, was originally built to serve as a Presbyterian church. It served as a café and music venue throughout the 80s and 90s, before being bought by Arcade Fire in 2005 following the release of their tremendously popular debut studio album, 'Funeral', in September, 2004. The Canadian indie rock band used the church as the location for recording the majority of their second studio album, 'Neon Bible', throughout 2006. Before recording began, the church was refurbished into a full recording studio with a living space that included a kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. 

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Unlikely Pairings - When Comedians And Musicians Come Together


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Following surprising reports that Las Vegas rockers The Killers invited British comedian Jimmy Carr to join them onstage at V Festival, Contact Music looks at five of the most unlikely pairings from the worlds of comedy and music:

Jimmy CarrBritish comedian Jimmy Carr joined The Killers onstage at this year's V Festival

1) The Killers and Jimmy Carr

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Flume Streams Remixes Of Arcade Fire 'Afterlife' [Listen]

Posted on 13 August 2014

Flume Streams Remixes Of Arcade Fire 'Afterlife' [Listen]

Arcade Fire - Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park - Performances - Arcade Fire live on stage - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd July 2014

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Arcade Fire and Regine Chassagne - Glastonbury Festival 2014 - Performances - Day 2 - Arcade Fire - Glastonbury, United Kingdom - Friday 27th June 2014

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Win Butler - Canadian indie rock band, Arcade Fire performing in concert at The Roundhouse - London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th November 2013

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File Photo** * Arcade Fire BABY ON THE WAY ARCADE FIRE frontman WIN BUTLER and his bandmate wife REGINE CHASSAGNE are set to become parents, according to reports. Chassagne, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for the Grammy Award-winning group, is said to be expecting her first child with Butler, who she married in 2003. The news emerged after Chassagne debuted a large baby bump when the rockers took the stage in their native Montreal, Canada, for a charity concert on Saturday (23Feb13). Chassagne has yet to comment on the rumours, but if proved true, she joins Arcade Fire's pregnant touring violist Marika Shaw in the expectant mother club. (PAW/WNWCNM/LR) ** Arcade Fire The 2011 JUNO Awards - Press Room Toronto, Canada - 27.03.11 When: 27 Mar 2011

Arcade Fire - Members of Arcade Fire Toronto, Canada - JUNO Gala Dinner and Awards Show Saturday 26th March 2011

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Song To Song Trailer

Song To Song Trailer

The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two...

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes Movie Review

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes Movie Review

Arcade Fire were never going to make your standard fly-on-the-wall documentary. While they appear to...

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes Trailer

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes Trailer

In 2013, Grammy winning rock band Arcade Fire released their number one, critically lauded album...

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