Arcade Fire, Gord Downie, Alvvays, U.S. Girls, Weaves Among Polaris Prize Nominees

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Polaris Music Prize Long ListArcade Fire, the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, Alvvays, U.S. Girls, Weaves, Bernice, Partner, the Weather Station, Daniel Caesar, Faith Healer, Propagandhi, and YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN are among the nominees on the long list for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize. The full list of 40 albums up for the honor was announced today … More »

Arcade Fire – “Chemistry” Video

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Arcade FireArcade Fire have shared a music video for “Chemistry,” a track from the Canadian band’s most recent album, Everything Now. It was directed by Ray Tintori and animated by Starburns Industries, the production company behind projects like Rick & Morty and Anomalisa. The animation consists of giant animal heads placed on human being bodies … More »

Weaves – “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” (Arcade Fire Cover)

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Toronto’s arty guitar-pop four-piece Weaves are crazy good, and their new cover of “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” from Arcade Fire’s debut album Funeral is a bop. Recording for Canada’s Polaris Prize Cover Session series, our 2016 Band To Watch Weaves continue bursting with electric energy as on last year’s sophomore album WideMore »

Arcade Fire Interviewed In French, Perform On Quotidien

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Arcade Fire recently appeared on the French talk show Quotidien, where they performed “Put Your Money On Me,” off their most recent album, Everything Now. They also sat down for an interview with the host, and the band answered all of the questions in French, naturally. Watch via ArcadeFireTube below. More »

Life is Beautiful returns in 2018 with a comprehensive, star-studded fifth anniversary line-up

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Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival is set to return to downtown Las Vegas with another comprehensive line-up, September 21–23, 2018. Now in it’s fifth year, the festival boasts some of the music world’s most sought-after headliners in The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, DJ Snake, ODESZA, N.E.R.D, Deathcab for Cutie, Tyler, The Creator, and Justice.

If this group of star-studded talent doesn’t somehow tickle the ear drums, there truly is something for every musical taste this year. Also gracing the bill in 2018 is Bastille, Cold War Kids, Foster The People, and Wolfmother for the rock-minded music seekers. As the music industry’s most rapidly growing genre, rap and hip-hop is also well represented on the bill in Miguel, A$AP FergT Pain, and more.

Of course, electronic artists continues to dominate the event with trap extraordinaires RL Grime, What So Not, DVBBS, tropical house saxophonist Sam Feldt, rising star Elohim, Galantis, CHVRCHES, Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, Gramatik, Lane 8, Party Favor, and Chet Porter.

Tickets go on sale April 26th, with general admission passes starting at $295 + fees. All information can be found on the Life Is Beautiful website.

Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk Apparently Doesn’t Like Electronic Music

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Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Cristo of Daft Punk are two of the biggest electronic music artists in the history of dance music. Despite releasing countless hit electronic music songs throughout the years, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler claims that Thomas Bangalter doesn’t even really like electronic music all that much. During a recently podcast, Arcade

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Arcade Fire Reminisce About All Their SNL Appearances And The Jam Band Festival Sketch That Got Cut

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Arcade Fire have been the musical guests on Saturday Night Live a whopping five times over the years, four as themselves and one as Mick Jagger’s backing band, and they sat down for an interview to reflect on their deep involvement and roots with the show. Their most recent appearance was last month, when … More »

Apparently Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter doesn’t really even like electronic music

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Recently on an episode of popular music podcast Song Exploder, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler dove into the making of the band’s 2017 album Everything Now, honing in one what it was like to work with Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter. Butler delves into the process behind “Put Your Money On Me,” recalling recording sessions in Paris at Daft Punk’s studio, which he describes as “one of the last vintage, 70s analogue studios.” Butler, who occasionally moonlights as DJ Windows 98, goes on describing the famously enigmatic Bangalter, claiming,

“You would think that Thomas is all about electronic music, [but] he doesn’t actually really like electronic music.”

It might sound like high blasphemy from Butler at first, but upon actual examination, of course Thomas Bangalter doesn’t actually like electronic music. He’s Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk; he’s an icon and a total mystery all at once. Butler at one point describes Bangalter as, “very academic, deep and philosophical.” The list of currently popular electronic music that might even be a blip on Bangalter’s radar is likely infinitesimal at best. By comparison, are we supposed to believe Jay Z is up on Lil Xan’s latest moves? Is Willie Nelson combing through Mason Ramsey’s SoundCloud? Likely not.

The cultural zeitgeist doesn’t always line up with the stuff of legend — and that’s okay. Right now, Bangalter is working with bands like Arcade Fire and his counterpart, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo is currently assisting artists like The Weeknd anyway. If we are lucky enough to get a statement from Daft Punk on the state of electronic music once a decade as we’ve grown accustomed, we should consider ourselves lucky altogether.

Life Is Beautiful 2018 Lineup: See The Full Roster

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In less than five months, the Life Is Beautiful Music & Arts Festival will be taking over downtown Las Vegas with some of the world’s most prolific artists. Announced earlier today (April 24), here is the Life Is Beautiful 2018 Lineup. Some of this year’s highlights will include The Weeknd, Arcade Fire, Florence + The

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Hear Arcade Fire’s Win Butler On Song Exploder

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If you’ve been wondering about the making of Arcade Fire’s “Put Your Money On Me,” well, you’re in luck. Frontman Win Butler was the most recent guest on the Song Exploder podcast, where he explained the Everything Now track, which recently appeared alongside “We Don’t Deserve Love” in the band’s short film “MoneyMore »