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Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire


Famous as :

Indie rock band

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Birth Place :

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Claim to fame :

Album "Funeral" (2004)


Distinctly unique for their use of a large number of musical instruments and enthralling live performances, Montreal-based Arcade Fire initially emerged from an idea invented by Win Butler (born Edwin Farnham Butler III in Texas) as he made up his mind to play music in a band. His first attempt to assemble a solid lineup, however, disappointingly failed, and so was the second one, with only a member named Regine Chassagne who eventually became his wife.

Still eager to try once again, the pair later managed to construct a new formation consisting of Win's younger brother William Butler, Richard Reed Parry and his New International Standards bandmate Tim Kingsburry by summer 2003. After adding one more member named Howard Bilerman on drums following a meeting at Hotel 2 Tango studio, Arcade Fire immediately embarked on recording process for their first effort with the older Butler as lead vocalist and the other four handling multi instruments.

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Kanye West's New Song 'A Long Time' Previewed by Arcade Fire's Win Butler

May 30, 2015 06:05:32 GMT

Another preview of 's highly-anticipated new album may have emerged online. 's frontman Win Butler treated fans to a portion of the rapper's new song, reportedly called "A Long Time", while he was DJ-ing as DJ Windows 98 at an event on Thursday night, May 28.

Arcade Fire's Win Butler Mashes Up Kanye West's 'Jesus Walks' and Beck's 'Loser'

February 17, 2015 09:23:47 GMT

In the wake of the incident involving and at last week's Grammy Awards, Win Butler unleashed his DJ Windows 98 alter ego and created a mash-up of the two stars' hits. The frontman then took to SoundCloud recently to share "Jesus Walks, Loser", which is obviously a rework of 'Ye's "Jesus Walks" and Beck's "Loser".

Video: Members of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and The Strokes Form Supergroup for Charity

September 22, 2014 07:57:57 GMT

formed a one-off supergroup with some members of and at the third annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game on Saturday, September 20. The band called the Pop All Star Band performed together during halftime of the game held at the McGill Sports Complex in Montreal.

Arcade Fire Responds to Laura Jane Grace's Criticism Over 'We Exist' Video

May 26, 2014 02:50:53 GMT

Laura Jane Grace recently made headlines for criticizing the music video of 's "We Exist". Earlier this week, the member of punk band said on Twitter that the Canadian group could have hired a real "trans actor" instead of having "" actor play a transgender in the clip.

Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Blasts Arcade Fire's 'We Exist' Music Video

May 23, 2014 08:18:34 GMT

Laura Jane Grace is not a fan of 's "We Exist" music video. The singer criticizes Win Butler and Co.'s decision to hire "" actor to star as a transgender in the visuals.

Andrew Garfield Plays a Transgender in Arcade Fire's 'We Exist' Video

May 17, 2014 05:15:53 GMT

The official music video for 's "We Exist" has arrived in full. Hitting Vevo on Friday, May 16, the six-minute clip features "" star transforming himself into a blonde-haired lady.

Andrew Garfield Dons Wig and Dress in Arcade Fire's 'We Exist' Video Teaser

May 05, 2014 02:55:30 GMT

is readying a music video for their track called "We Exist". Over the weekend, the Montreal-based rock band teased the upcoming visuals with a preview clip starring .

Pearl Jam Brings Out Arcade Fire's Win Butler to Cover Neil Young's Song at Australian Show

February 04, 2014 07:25:38 GMT

brought out 's vocalist Win Butler for the final song at Big Day Out Festival in Perth, Australia. The rockers joined forces to perform a cover of 's 1989 track entitled "Rockin' in the Free World".

Arcade Fire's Score Previewed in Spike Jonze's Movie 'Her'

January 13, 2014 07:59:46 GMT

It was revealed that contributed to the score for Spike Jonze's new movie "". Portions of the band's score can now be heard in the latest four-minute trailer for the movie that stars .

Outkast, Muse and Arcade Fire Announced as Headliners at 2014 Coachella

January 09, 2014 06:48:26 GMT

The full line-up of performers for 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been announced. This year's festival will be headlined by rap duo , who is reuniting to perform together for the first time in seven years.

Arcade Fire Announced as Headliner at Glastonbury Festival

December 20, 2013 08:47:07 GMT

has revealed that they will headline the 2014 Glastonbury festival. The rockers took to Twitter on Thursday, December 19 to make the announcement, posting the list of shows they're scheduled to play in June next year.

Arcade Fire Announces Second Show at London's Earls Court

November 30, 2013 05:08:48 GMT

has announced the date for their second gig at London's Earls Court. The Canadian band is set to take the stage at the venue on June 7, 2014 after tickets for their June 6 show sold out immediately after being made available on Friday morning, November 29.

Video: Arcade Fire Takes Tram to Their Blackpool Concert

November 29, 2013 09:05:37 GMT

, once again, decided to make an unusual arrival to their U.K. concerts. After making a dramatic entrance to their Roundhouse gig in a white limo, Win Butler and his bandmates took the tram to their show in Blackpool on Wednesday, November 27.

Arcade Fire Debuts Melancholic 'Afterlife' Music Video

November 22, 2013 07:23:10 GMT

has dropped the official music video for their "Afterlife". Directed by Emily Kai Bock and produced by the Creators Project, the video gives a glimpse at a Spanish-speaking dad having a dinner with his two sons. During a conversation on the dining table, it's revealed that the older boy doesn't get along too well with his dad.

Arcade Fire Announces 'Reflektor' North American Tour Dates

November 15, 2013 02:12:03 GMT

is set to embark on a tour scheduled for next year in support of their critically acclaimed new album, "". The Montreal-based band has just announced the dates for the North American leg.

Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Lands at Billboard 200's No. 1

November 07, 2013 02:11:08 GMT

has their newest album, "", landed at No. 1 on Billboard 200. Nielsen SoundScan reports that the Canadian rock band's fourth studio album has sold 140,000 copies in its first week.

Artist of the Week: Arcade Fire

October 28, 2013 06:46:00 GMT

came to prominence in 2004 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, "". The Montreal-based band is set to repeat the success with "", their new album that will be released on October 28.

Arcade Fire Streams 'Reflektor' on YouTube Ahead of Official Release Date

October 25, 2013 02:04:34 GMT

decides to give fans a free listen to their new album in full. The rock band has made their "" available for streaming on YouTube just a few days before the highly-anticipated new record is slated to arrive.

Arcade Fire Releases Lyric Video for 'Afterlife'

October 22, 2013 07:41:37 GMT

After premiering their new single "Afterlife" on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, releases a creative lyric video to go along with the tune. The lyrics of the song are displayed over some scenes from Marcel Camus' "Black Orpheus", a retelling of the Greek legend in which Orpheus descends into the Underworld to find his love, Eurydice.

Eminem, Lady GaGa and Arcade Fire to Headline First YouTube Awards

October 01, 2013 09:03:44 GMT

The biggest video sharing site, YouTube, will host its own music awards show on November 3. Set to be live-streamed to countries around the world from NYC's Pier 36, the inaugural event will feature performances from mainstream artists that include , and as well as YouTube sensations Lindsey Stirling and CDZA.

Video: Arcade Fire Showcases 'Reflektor' Tracks on 'SNL'

September 30, 2013 04:43:41 GMT

Grammy Award-winning indie rock band was the musical guest when "" kicked off its 39th season on September 28. The Win Butler-fronted group performed two tracks from their upcoming fourth studio album "", their similarly-titled lead single and another song "Afterlife".

Arcade Fire Premieres 'Reflektor' Music Video

September 10, 2013 03:29:34 GMT

Grammy Award-winning indie rock band drops another music video for their new track "Reflektor" after the Google Creative Labs interactive version. The Anton Corbijn-directed black-and-white visuals is the second of two music videos made for the lead single off their similarly-titled album which both came out on Monday, September 9.

Reese Witherspoon Joins Parents in Emergency Conservatorship Hearing

May 12, 2012 02:12:49 GMT

is setting side time for her family after her mother sued her father for bigamy. On Friday, May 11 afternoon, the Elle Woods of "Legally Blonde" made an appearance in a Davidson County courtroom in Nashville, Tennessee along with her parents, Betty and John, for an emergency hearing before Probate Judge Randy Kennedy.

Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire to Join Mick Jagger on 'SNL' Season Finale

May 12, 2012 02:06:33 GMT

Two more musical guests are added to the lineup for the upcoming season finale of "". According to Entertainment Weekly, and will join the previously-confirmed performer .

Arcade Fire's Haunting Song 'Abraham's Daughter' From 'Hunger Games' Comes Out

March 03, 2012 02:34:58 GMT

's new song "Abraham's Daughter" that's recorded for highly-anticipated movie "" has hit the web. Making its debut via Entertainment Weekly, the track has haunting vibes that come from the sound of pulsating marching drum and Reginne Chassagne's wispy vocals.

Video Premiere: Arcade Fire's 'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)'

December 17, 2011 05:20:09 GMT

once again release an interactive music video. After allowing fans to visit their own neighborhood through "We Used to Wait (The Wilderness Downtown)" experience, the band try to engage the fans by dropping a clip which can also be controlled by users at home.

Aracde Fire Lost Innovative Video Honor to Andy Grammer at O Music Awards Early Winning

April 26, 2011 08:58:30 GMT

An up-and-coming singer has seen off competition from rock bands and to pick up the first prize of MTV's inaugural O Music Awards. won the Most Innovative Video honor for his "Keep Your Head Up" promo ahead of the first annual ceremony, created to celebrate digital music.

Will Butler Shocked By Emotional Haiti Trip

April 14, 2011 08:34:10 GMT

The cult Canadian rockers thrilled music fans in the nation's capital Port-au-Prince last month (Mar11) when they played a surprise show, and they spent the rest of their trip visiting the temporary camps set up in the city following last year's (10) devastating earthquake.

2011 Junos: Justin Bieber Grabbed Two, Drake Received None

March 28, 2011 03:56:23 GMT

grabbed his first-ever trophies at Juno Awards on Sunday, March 27 night in Toronto, Canada. He predictably won the Fan Choice Award, which is the only category determined by ordinary fans, and Pop Album of the Year for "".

Eminem and Arcade Fire Among Bonnaroo Festival Line-Up

February 16, 2011 04:35:25 GMT

and have been unveiled as the headliners of this year's Bonnaroo music festival, just two days after the Canadian rockers beat the rapper to claim the Album of the Year prize at the Grammy Awards.

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