October 1, 2014 |
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)
March 20, 2014 |
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.
October 30, 2013 |
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)
August 2, 2013 |
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.
September 20, 2011 |
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.
May 15, 2011 |
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.
March 25, 2011 |
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.
February 14, 2011 |
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.
December 12, 2010 |
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.
August 3, 2010 |
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.