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March 6, 2007 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
For Win Butler, every song is a matter of life and death. At the start of Neon Bible (Merge . ) by Arcade Fire, the celebrated Montreal indie band that Butler leads with his wife, Regine Chassagne, the singer stares out at the void, and confronts the coming apocalypse. "Mirror, mirror on the wall," Butler sings in "Black Mirror," the music building in intensity, as Arcade Fire music almost invariably does. "Show me where the bombs will fall. " At the end, on "My Body Is a Cage," after a propulsive art-rock expedition accompanied by pipe organ, hurdy-gurdy, French horn and Hungarian orchestra, Butler calls out for release, spiritual or otherwise, from the prison of his own physical being.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
Arcade Fire threw a party Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Audience members dressed in formal wear or costumes or both, as per the band's request, and rather than spend the hours before the show queuing for drinks or ignoring the opening bands, they danced to a DJ set by Kid Koala, himself clad in appropriately furry attire. Baltimore's Dan Deacon, who like Kid Koala performed from a small stage near the back of the arena, worked the crowd as if it were the world's hippest bar mitzvah, clearing a circle in the center so a succession of Arcadians could have their turn in the spotlight.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Staff Writer
My iPod played a trick on Arcade Fire. I was driving around last weekend, listening to Reflektor , the Canadian American band's highly anticipated fourth album, which comes out Tuesday. And driving. And driving some more. You see, the perfectly good, sometimes-great, but not-as-epic-as-it-wants-to-be   Reflektor (Merge ***), which is coproduced by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and features an appearance by David Bowie, is a long album. The follow-up to the chart-topping The Suburbs (an upset winner for Grammy album of the year in 2011)
NEWS
February 14, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Canadian indie-rock group Arcade Fire, country trio Lady Antebellum, and jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding all pulled off major upsets at the 53d annual Grammy Awards Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Arcade Fire took home album of the year honors for The Suburbs , topping favorite Eminem, who led all contenders with 10 nominations but walked away with only two trophies, and who was shut out of the major categories. "Thank you," Arcade Fire's beaming singer Win Butler said, closing the show.
NEWS
May 7, 2007 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The indie-rock revival meeting at the Tower Theater on Saturday night began with a video of a hyperventilating female Pentecostal preacher declaring that this sick world is in dire need of a "Holy Ghost enema. " The Montreal ensemble Arcade Fire then proceeded to make the argument that it is the band best qualified to musically administer that medical treatment. Employing French horns, violins and a pipe organ, the 10-piece outfit led by the husband-and-wife tandem of Win Butler and Regine Chassagne fervidly played material from its 2004 Funeral and new Neon Bible as if the hounds of hell were nipping at its heels.
NEWS
February 2, 2005 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
Montreal sextet the Arcade Fire are darlings of the underground, thanks to their not-so-subtly titled debut album, Funeral, in which the specter of life's final act hovers over songs that, at their best, twinkle like tiny symphonies or induce sweats through combustible catharsis. Some of their other compositions - despite string-kissed flourishes and choral filigrees - occupy ordinary indie-pop middle ground. But during a 75-minute set Monday at the sold-out Theatre of Living Arts, nearly every song by the Arcade Fire (expanded to an octet)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The classical music world is full of stories about great musicians suffering heart attacks in mid-performance but soldiering on because the repertoire was so great they didn't want to stop. Nothing of that sort was going to happen Sunday at First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia when Richard Reed Parry, best known as a member of the Arcade Fire collective, arrived on a tour supporting his first solo album, Music for Heart and Breath . Released by the classical label Deutsche Grammophon, the disc (or discs if purchased on LP set)
NEWS
June 19, 2010
Saturday is a day for art - and Anne From Peter Dobrin's "ArtsWatch" blogs/artswatch/ It's two years this month since the death of Anne d'Harnoncourt - mirthful evangelist for art, deft ringleader of all good things for the city, mother figure to artists of all stripes and, for two and a half decades, all-around charismatic personification of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Except perhaps for any attention it will draw to herself, she...
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September 12, 2005 | By Steve Klinge FOR THE INQUIRER
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is this year's indie-rock buzz band; like the Arcade Fire last year, the Brooklyn-based five-piece, led by Philly resident Alec Ounsworth, seemingly came out of nowhere, with hype generated from music Web sites and blogs and old-fashioned word-of-mouth. The group is also an entrepreneurial success: Its self-released, eponymous debut has reportedly sold more than 15,000 copies since June. Little surprise that its show Saturday night at the Khyber - along with Philly's National Eye and New York's the National - sold out far enough in advance for the band to add a second one Sunday night.
NEWS
August 1, 2008 | By Doug Wallen FOR THE INQUIRER
Once Montreal's Wolf Parade took the stage at the Electric Factory on Wednesday, the jerky five-piece divided its 17-song, 90-minute set evenly between its 2005 full-length debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, and its recent follow-up, the ambitious At Mount Zoomer. The band has noticeably incorporated more prog-rock influences in the years between, such that even the first album's songs bore some of the second album's far-reaching atmosphere when played live. The band has come a long way since selling out the Khyber less than three years ago, becoming one of the iconic indie label Sub Pop's most beloved acts as well as leading a Canadian music invasion alongside the Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene.
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October 1, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The classical music world is full of stories about great musicians suffering heart attacks in mid-performance but soldiering on because the repertoire was so great they didn't want to stop. Nothing of that sort was going to happen Sunday at First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia when Richard Reed Parry, best known as a member of the Arcade Fire collective, arrived on a tour supporting his first solo album, Music for Heart and Breath . Released by the classical label Deutsche Grammophon, the disc (or discs if purchased on LP set)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
Arcade Fire threw a party Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Audience members dressed in formal wear or costumes or both, as per the band's request, and rather than spend the hours before the show queuing for drinks or ignoring the opening bands, they danced to a DJ set by Kid Koala, himself clad in appropriately furry attire. Baltimore's Dan Deacon, who like Kid Koala performed from a small stage near the back of the arena, worked the crowd as if it were the world's hippest bar mitzvah, clearing a circle in the center so a succession of Arcadians could have their turn in the spotlight.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Staff Writer
My iPod played a trick on Arcade Fire. I was driving around last weekend, listening to Reflektor , the Canadian American band's highly anticipated fourth album, which comes out Tuesday. And driving. And driving some more. You see, the perfectly good, sometimes-great, but not-as-epic-as-it-wants-to-be   Reflektor (Merge ***), which is coproduced by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and features an appearance by David Bowie, is a long album. The follow-up to the chart-topping The Suburbs (an upset winner for Grammy album of the year in 2011)
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Queen of All Media she may be, but it took a lot of effort to get Oprah to return to films. Director Lee Daniels has done it, though, with The Butler , a loose adaptation of the story of White House butler Eugene Allen ( Forrest Whitaker ). O's first dramatic role since Beloved in 1988 has her playing the butler's wife. She "represented to me every woman of that era who sacrificed herself," O tells Parade, "never bringing her own dreams to fruition because family took precedence over everything.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2011 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, staff
CLAP YOUR HANDS Say Yeah has a lot of "new" on its plate this week. Plus, we've got tasty music treats to share from Pearl Jam, Lisa Hannigan, Tori Amos, the Grateful Dead and Tony Bennett. SAY, OPENING NIGHT: After a whirlwind European run with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah , their Mt. Airy-based lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth is bringing it all back home. The group's long awaited third album, "Hysterical" (self-published, B+) , is out today and the band's doing a very special showcase here tomorrow.
NEWS
May 15, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Last summer, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts brought in Grammy winners-to-be Arcade Fire and '90s rockers Pavement in a bid to establish the Fairmount Park amphitheater as the go-to open-air venue for indie-rock acts that have outgrown the club circuit. This year, its pop partnership with promoter AEG Live has lined up more choice indie bookings. Omaha songsmith Conor Oberst and his band Bright Eyes play June 10, with country-rock harmonizers Dawes and ace guitarist-producer M. Ward opening.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2011 | staff
What's not to love about Hey Rosetta!, the polished alt-pop rockers from St. John's, Newfoundland? They boast a yearning, ultra-sincere lead singer who sounds like a mash-up of Chris Martin, Paul Simon and Brandon Flowers. And they crank earnest anthems loud and gracefully, with warming violin and cello players you can actually hear in the mix (take a hint, Arcade Fire). Oh, and Hey Rosetta! makes equally vivid videos. (Check out the charming, ballet-themed "Yer Spring" at YouTube.) Hailed as one of the "must see" attractions of the recent Austin, Texas, SXSW music soiree - and now they're here in our own back yard.
NEWS
February 14, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Canadian indie-rock group Arcade Fire, country trio Lady Antebellum, and jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding all pulled off major upsets at the 53d annual Grammy Awards Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Arcade Fire took home album of the year honors for The Suburbs , topping favorite Eminem, who led all contenders with 10 nominations but walked away with only two trophies, and who was shut out of the major categories. "Thank you," Arcade Fire's beaming singer Win Butler said, closing the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2010 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Being a pop music fan these days is more about songs than albums. By now, that's a certainty, if not a cliche: iPods and MP3s broke the CD into little pieces, and now we're all free to assemble our personal playlist puzzles. But that's not the half of it. In 2010, it's not just about songs. It's about memes and tweets and YouTube videos, links and posts and status updates. It's about the Internet, and how the Web that made music free now makes music fans - and music-makers - free to overshare and obsess, all the time.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2010 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, staff
Bands to believe in, another blue-eyed soulster "gone Memphis," plus sumptuous music from south of the border, Ireland and Jamaica have captured our ears in this week's new album offerings. Offering further proof of their might - this Montreal-based alt-rock troupe filled the shed at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts last night and will play "the big room" in New York City, Madison Square Garden, tomorrow and Thursday. Arcade Fire is the stuff that legends could be made of, a new band to believe in, in the vein of U2. Led by front man Win Butler with songwriting/vocal assists by wife Regine Chassagne, these are sensitive souls with sonic ambition.
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