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Arcade Fire

A combination of indie rock muscle and theatrical, unapologetic bombast turned Arcade Fire into indie royalty in the early 2000s. Originally comprised of Régine Chassagne, Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and brothers William and Win Butler, the group formed during the summer of 2003, after Win spotted Chassagne singing jazz standards at a Montreal art exhibit. The grandson of famed swing-era bandleader Alvino Rey, Win was quickly charmed by Chassagne's performance, leading the two to launch a songwriting partnership. Romance followed shortly thereafter, and the duo expanded its sound by gathering Parry on organ, Kingsbury on bass, and Win Butler's younger brother, William, on synthesizer and percussion. Drawing from the bandmates' varied influences, Arcade Fire began mining an eclectic mix of bossa nova, punk, French chanson, and classically tinged pop music, referencing everything from U2's passion to David Bowie's eclecticism in the process.

Arcade Fire issued a self-titled EP in 2003, having briefly retreated to Maine for the recording sessions. Propelled by Win Butler's quavering vocals and his bandmates' symphonic swells, the disc helped earn the band an official offer from Merge Records. The bandmates' luck faltered later that year, however, when Chassagne's grandmother passed away. The Butler brothers' grandfather followed suit in March 2004, and Parry's aunt died one month later. Seeking catharsis in the studio, the members of Arcade Fire funneled their energies into the creation of Funeral. Released in September 2004, the debut album was met with unanimous acclaim -- both commercially and critically -- and Arcade Fire found themselves maintaining a nearly constant presence on the road, playing such high-profile festivals as Lollapalooza and Coachella between a slew of smaller club dates. They also appeared on the cover of Time magazine's Canadian edition, garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album, rubbed shoulders with superfan David Bowie, and toured alongside U2.

Following an exhausting year, Arcade Fire decamped to a church outside of Montreal to work on a second release. The ambitious Neon Bible arrived in March 2007, featuring such grand ornamentations as a pipe organ, a military choir, and a full orchestra. The album peaked at number two and sparked another tour, which found the band playing more than 120 shows over the course of a year. When touring wrapped up in early 2008, Arcade Fire played several shows in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama before beginning work on a third album. The resulting Suburbs, an eclectic 16-track ode to childhood, suburban sprawl, and middle-class dreams both won and lost, arrived on August 2, 2010. The record was universally acclaimed and reached number one in both the U.S. and U.K. album charts. The following year they won a host of awards, including prestigious accolades such as a Grammy for Album of the Year, the Polaris Prize, and BRIT awards for both Best International Album and Group, among other honors and nominations.

Their success followed them on the road as they sold out shows across the globe, and in 2011 they released a deluxe version of Suburbs that included a short film -- titled Scenes from the Suburbs -- directed by Spike Jonze. They began work on their fourth release in 2012 and enlisted LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy for production duties. The album, entitled Reflektor, was released in October 2013. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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i like this band. first time hearing them
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arachnidlove 2 1 3
I sing this song at the top of my lungs while I drive. I look like an idiot, but seriously. THIS SONG does something to my heart!!
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Funeral is by far AF's best album. Amazingly beautiful!
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1 one great band the song Wake Up is gladly the best and true and inspirationa l
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I saw them open for the killers and they stole the show! Half way through they all changed instruments and it was amazing!
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Love After life and all there music just sets me at ease so relaxing!
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I Love Arcade Fire.
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Wow i never heard of this band before...and i gotta say i love it. My first song is Wake up and i can't wait to experience what I'll hear next
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But in my dreams we're still screamin' and runnin' through the yard -the suburbs
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mjhammers42
They need to add the extended version of The Suburbs, inluding "Speaking in Tongues"
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arcade you've had me since my teens ♥
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Awesome show in philly
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this song in Walter Mitty last year?
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Love this band got to see them in Detroit this past spring!
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Thanks to Jimmy Fallon I got to know Arcade Fire singing After Life my favorite from them. They're awesome
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Great energy live!
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Just a good band making very good music. Keep up the good work AF
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I LOVE your songs my favorite song is Wake up:)
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If i remember correctly this song was playing on mtv in the beginning of 04..
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kemi.gbadebo
Passion and vibrato, plenty of both.
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Best rock band of the 2000s. I am prepared to fight those who disagree.
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One of my favorite songs, and I don't like new songs,...cle a r l y , cuz this is not a new one, but geesh it is good.
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Ebola
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Don't read this because it is true....if you post idiotic chain letters on Pandora you will lead a horrible life because you are a F**KING MORON!
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julierotar
This sounds like Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros' Johnny Appleseed...
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nicko252008
Elevator music...
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hvega1981
Arcade fire kinda leaves me with a spiritual imprint I just kinda feel like I'm floating in to nothing
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still kicking myself for missing them when they came through philly.
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One of the best truly independent bands.
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So happy I got to see them in concert!!
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I always hear these guys in coffee and pizza shops for some reason
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Test
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they came to philly, and i couldnt make it to their show. i am brian's disappointed tympanic membrane
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Great EP
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Does Arcade Fire remind anyone else of A Series of Unfortunate Events?
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Great band
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What rock was I under? O.o
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Saw Arcade Fire in KC last weekend. Spectacular in every way!
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I know, what the heck? It's not the place to debate this stuff
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hvega1981
Why the hell did this s**t about Obama come into the comment section come on now who really gives a s**t about politics and religion?
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I'm so annoyed how if you say something bad bout a black person our a F**KING RACIST AND YOU SHOULD DIR
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Damn I love Arcade Fire.
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LOL
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Yeah seriously I agree all politicians are the same when it all comes down to it and Obama is not the devil explain to me what makes him any worse of a person than you he may have different beliefs than you but does that make him the devil?are you the kind of person who rejects people because they're different than you?hmm seems like I'm detecting some theorys that a certain genocidal German had
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Subimon you are a f**king moron
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Subimon you are a f**king moron
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Ko yourrmom
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Thought provoking lyrics, this band reminds me of my early childhood in Austin, Texas. I really like Arcade Fire.
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Good yes
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It would be hard to find a celebrity, musician or actor who was not in support of Obama. I'm a bit annoyed by those in the entertainmen t industry that use their fame to try to influence voters. Although, it doesn't lessen my love of the art that they create. I wouldn't stop enjoying their art just because they have different political views anymore than I would stop being friends with someone because they have a different view than I do on something. Just love the music! Okay? That's all...
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