The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010s

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The 100 Best Albums Of The 2010sA decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »

Foo Fighters Release Rarities EP With Arcade Fire, Dead Kennedys Covers

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Foo-Fighters-01070725The Foo Fighters seem to be in reminisce mode. Earlier this summer, the stadium-rock all-stars surprise-released their 00950025 EP, which included three previously unreleased tracks from the band’s long history. And today, they’ve followed it up with another archival surprise EP called 01070725, and this one features a couple of more attention-grabbing rarities. More »

A Giant Dog Cover Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible In Full

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A Giant Dog - Neon BibleThe venerable independent label Merge Records is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with various festivities, among them a music festival that went down this past summer in Merge’s North Carolina home base. Another thing they’re doing is Born Under A Good Sign, a vinyl subscription series featuring four all-new full-length … More »

Win Butler Announces Canadian Citizenship In Canadian Tuxedo

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Win-ButlerArcade Fire co-leader Win Butler is a native Texan, but he’s been living in Canada ever since he started going to school at Montreal’s McGill University in 2000. In 2003, he married his Arcade Fire bandmate Régine Chassagne. But you don’t automatically get Canadian citizenship when you marry a Canadian. There’s a whole process, and … More »

Arcade Fire – “Baby Mine”

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Arcade-FireSeventy-eight years ago, Walt Disney Pictures released its fourth full-length animated movie, a story about a baby circus elephant who discovers in incredible ability. Disney’s original Dumbo was, by today’s standards, only barely a movie. 64 minutes! Including a nightmare-inducing psychedelic sequence! And a whole lot of racism! But it turned out to be a … More »

Preview Arcade Fire’s “Baby Mine” From New Dumbo Movie

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A new preview of Disney’s Tim Burton-directed Dumbo live-action remake debuted tonight, featuring a new cover of the original film’s “Baby Mine” by Arcade Fire. The cinematic lullaby will play during the forthcoming movie’s end credits. Arcade Fire previously provided the score for Spike Jonze’s Her in 2013. It was nominated for the … More »

Win Butler’s Sitting Out This Year’s NBA All-Star Game But Arcade Fire Will Have A New Song Out Soon

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Every year, Win Butler usually participates in the NBA all-star basketball game because he is tall (6’4″) and apparently good at basketball. But for the first time in a while, he’s sitting out this year’s game, as he revealed on Instagram last week. At the time, he said he was “in … More »

Dark Was The Night Turns 10

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Dark-Was-The-NightIndie had a big year in 2009. As the first decade of the century drew to a close, there was a slew of major releases from the genre’s dominant, or very-soon-to-be-dominant, names. The year kicked off with Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, still regarded as their masterpiece and a pivotal indie release overall. More »

Arcade Fire Played Funeral In Full Last Night

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Arcade-FireHere’s a cool thing for a veteran band to do: Suddenly and unexpectedly play an entire beloved album, front to back, at a live show. Nine Inch Nails did it just last week, playing their 1992 EP Broken in full at a Phoenix show. And last night, when Arcade Fire played at the … More »