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Arcade Fire

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    April 10, 2014

    Arcade Fire at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 4/9/2014

    Arcade Fire Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion April 9, 2014 I may not be the first person to say it, but then Arcade Fire is not the first group to counter the "most important band in the world" tag by breaking out the costumes and mirrors. U2 is the obvious model, with their Joshua Tree-Achtung Baby ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Revenge of the Music Nerds: Arcade Fire Wins

    Arcade Fire's William Butler admits he still gets homesick for Texas. Even the weather...up to a point. "I miss how green everything was all the time always," he says of his youth in The Woodlands from his current home in Montreal. "You'd come home in December and the lawns would still be green, an ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2014

    Arcade Fire's Bad Covers, Radiator Hospital's Thrifty Ideals

    Arcade Fire is pretentious enough already — why do they have to butcher these beloved songs, too?

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    March 27, 2014

    Dear Arcade Fire: No More Covers On This Tour, Please

    Folks, I have made it no secret over the years that I am no fan of what Arcade Fire does. The Woodlands expats make lightweight pretentious rock for hipsters and bored suburban kids. That's fine, because it's a market that apparently Jason Mraz wasn't quite cornering well enough. But now they have ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    Arcade Fire Fans "Reflekt" Band's Appeal at Cactus Party

    Who on earth would line up at a record store on a Monday night to buy a single that had leaked onto the Internet hours beforehand? Especially when the Texans' season opener was about to start? True-blue Arcade Fire fans, that's who. The grooves of indie-rock spun right through kickoff as some 50 or ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: "Reflektor" Party, Rhett Miller, Raekwon, etc.

    "Reflektor" Listening Party Cactus Music, September 9 According to early reports, Arcade Fire's first album in three years sounds more "contemparary" than the band's previous work, which can be a little on the furrowed-brow side. (Though not always, as in "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    New Arcade Fire Single, "Reflektor," Coming to Cactus Music Monday

    It's not unexpectedly declassified CIA documents, but information about Arcade Fire's upcoming album might be the music world's equivalent. Rumors have been swirling around the imminent follow-up to the partially Woodlands-spawned band's Grammy-winning 2010 LP The Suburbs for weeks, and Arcade Fire ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012

    Top 5 Weirdest & Worst Musical Collaborations

    In the history of music, there have been many meetings of the mind between people with similar attitudes, styles, and ideas. Some of these just felt right from the very beginning and you knew they were destined to produce greatness. That's what happened when Brian Eno met David Bowie and later when ... More >>

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    July 13, 2012

    Freezepop Raises the Bar on Internet Music Videos

    I lost my virginity to a girl obsessed with light-hearted, quirky electronica. She could sing "99 Luftballoons" in the original German and had "Bring Me Edelweiss" on vinyl. Ever since then I've been a sucker for electropop rife with irreverence, and modern acts like Hyperbubble and Freezepop prove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    Sing Me a Story: Five Rockers Whose Work We'd Like To See On Broadway

    Rocks Off has had musicals on the brain lately. Between Once, featuring music by The Swell Season, dominating the Tony Awards and Rock of Ages, featuring music by the cream of the '80s hair-metal crop, hitting theaters tomorrow it's been a pretty good week for musicals that aren't cut from the tradi ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Record Store Day: 8 Ways To Annoy A Record-Store Worker

    Tomorrow is Record Store Day, which is a little bit like the Super Bowl of music shopping: People who have no interest in the sport the rest of the year will be front and center. Rocks Off would never, ever tell anyone not to go to a record store, but people not already planning to make a beeline fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Chafing 101: Rocks Off's 2011 Music Festival Odyssey

    Music festivals are now a part of our lives, just like deadlines, angry commenters, lack of sleep, and eye fatigue. And eating at our desk. That sucks. But at least we have food and a desk, right? Rocks Off ventured all over the state -- OK, really mostly Austin -- to cover festivals for the blog. ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Artist of the Week: Harts Of Oak

    Each Wednesday (almost), Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com. Photo by Tim ThumbR ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011
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    September 19, 2011

    ACL: Arcade Fire, Big As The Great Outdoors

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Check out all our ACL 2011 coverage, including our hottest crowd shots and slideshow from Sunday featuring Randy Newman, Arcade Fire and The Walkmen. Arcade Fire Bud Light Stage, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Zilker Park September 18, 2011 Sunday night in a serene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Flying Elbow Drops

    We may have lost Macho Man Randy Savage this morning, but MCM is still alive and dropping that flying elbow full of local music news. Snap into the latest installment of our Magnolia City Mixtape. Ooooohhh Yeeaaahhh! ​Before we dive in, don't forget that the poster show for Free Press Summer ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011
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    May 17, 2011

    Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, And Kanye West Lead ACL 2011 Lineup

    Marc BrubakerGoin' back to Zilker: Arcade Fire at The Woodlands, May 4​Moments ago, the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the 10th-anniversary weekend, scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Zilker Park. Top names include Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Kanye West, and Bright Eyes. P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Born This Way: The Ultimate Soundalike Playlist

    ​When Lady Gaga released her new single, "Born This Way," in February, it took less than a minute of the title track from her upcoming disc for fans and detractors alike to scream "Express Yourself!" in unison. Yes, it does sound like an amped-up version of the 1989 Madonna track. A lot. Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Last Night: Arcade Fire At Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Arcade Fire, Explosions In the Sky Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 4, 2011 It was a sort of homecoming for titanic indie-rockers Arcade Fire Wednesday night in the Woodlands, as the band returned to Houston after five momentous years to play songs from The Suburbs, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Never Mind Arcade Fire: Bands Who Fit Other Houston 'Burbs

    Gabriel Jones/Merge Records​Tonight's the night. Win and Will Butler of conquering indie heroes Arcade Fire finally return to the town that indirectly won them a Grammy, The Woodlands. On last year's The Suburbs, the Butlers and their Canadian compatriots reflected on the brothers' restless M ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Arcade Fire Headed To Houston May 4 For Pavilion Date

    cnn.com​Arcade Fire is finally heading to Houston on May 4 for a date up at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, in the Woodlands. Last Sunday the band played upsetters at the Grammys winning the award for Album Of The Year for their album The Suburbs which was based on frontman Win Butler's childhood ... More >>

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    February 13, 2011

    The Woodlands, Arcade Fire Win Album Of The Year Grammy

    city-data.com​ Congratulations to The Woodlands, that emotionally icy burb up I-45, for helping Arcade Fire when this year's Album Of The Year Grammy at Sunday night's awards show for their sprawling The Suburbs LP. The band, led by former Woodlands residents Win and William Butler, won over a hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Balaclavas, Moccs, Fat Tony Place In Pazz & Jop Poll

    Show of hands, everyone who is surprised this is No. 1.​Music writers all know that once they get their Village Voice Pazz & Jop ballot in their e-mail inbox, that it's time to tally their loves from the last year. It's sort of like the leaves changing or the first freeze of winter coming. You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Rocks Off's Favorite Songs Of 2010

    ​Editor's Picks: Jamey Johnson, "Lonely at the Top": Ouch. Merle Haggard, "I've Seen It": Double ouch. Patty Griffin, "Move On Up": Help me, Jesus. Please.

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    December 2, 2010

    Texans Have Down Year In Grammy Nominations

    ​Texas artists, or artists with Texas roots, scored fewer nominations than usual when the Recording Academy announced its choices for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards Wednesday night. Perpetual nominees Beyonce and George Strait were nominated for residual tracks from I Am... Sasha Fierce and Twa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Katy Perry? For Album Of The Year? Seriously?

    ​Don't get Craig's Hlist wrong, we think that Katy Perry is extremely attractive. In fact, if we think about her long enough, it makes us want to cry and punch a wall. She's a buxom, bubbly, raven-haired pop star who dresses like she's expensive grandma candy. We even interviewed her last ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Top Eight Notorious Concert Disasters

    Daniel R. Davidson via WikipediaThe Station fire in West Warwick, R.I., 40 seconds in​Recently, indie-rock juggernauts Arcade Fire were prevented from playing a gig in Portugal by NATO, which is having a summit on the same date. Arcade Fire offered to play a day ahead of time, but NATO decided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Springsteen 2.0: Can Baby Bosses Cruise The Backstreets?

    Daniel Kramer​This fall, Houstonians salivating for another touring run by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band don't have to search to hard to find bands heavily influenced by the man's sound and work ethic. Even though Springsteen and his merry band of musicians may be cooling their road ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Happy National Taco Day From ZZ Top, Moby, Arcade Fire...

    ​Today, October 4, is National Taco Day, and no doubt our friend Jay is somewhere bathing in tacos. Dude has made a healthy sideline just tweeting about tacos. Tacos don't have much to do with music in our minds, unless you count the inside sleeve to ZZ Top's Tres Hombres and its Leo's Mexican ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Arcade Fire Still Can't Shake Houston

    Merge Records/Nasty Little Man PR​ Symphonic Canadian indie-rockers Arcade Fire announced the title and release date of their third full-length album this morning. The Suburbs is due August 3 on Merge Records, and a limited-edition vinyl 12" featuring the title track and "Month of May" should be i ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010
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    January 6, 2010

    Rocks Off's 2010 Predictions: The Fate of Owl City, Chingo Bling vs. Chamillionaire, the Next Twilight Soundtrack and Madchester In Katy

    www.flickr.com/photos/dherholz/​ Adam Young of Owl City will mystify the scientific community, yet surprise no one in the music community, when he is hacked in half in a freak sawmill accident, and it's discovered he is filled with gummi bears. The Arcade Fire/Flaming Lips feud is resolved when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    (Don't) Book 'Em, Dano: 42 Artists Who Have Absolutely No Business Touring Together

    ​ When Rocks Off received word last week that indie duo The Big Pink was embarking on a 2010 tour with NYC's A Place to Bury Strangers, our initial thought was, "Cool," followed closely by, "Ew." For once, there's a promo poster we really have no desire to see. But then our next thought was, "Coul ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    April 3, 2009

    Seattle's KEXP Loves Our Hungry Villagers

    The fruits of Hungry Villagers' labors have seemingly paid off. Today, while perusing the concert industry website livedaily.com, we saw the Houston indie-pop group has today's free download of the day, new track "Tree Full Of Ghosts." Further investigation led us to the music blog for influential S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Aftermath: Annuals at Walter's On Washington

    If you could squeeze music from the udders of a cow, pour it a cup, mix in equal parts chocolate sauce and broken up pieces of stained glass stolen from the Vatican, drink it while on the down-slope of a roller-coaster, go home and sit on the back-porch and listen to your great-grandfather talk abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    The Best Videos of 2008, Part 1

    10. TV on the Radio, "The Golden Age" 9. Arcade Fire, "Black Mirror" 8. The Kills, "U R A Fever"

  • Music

    February 28, 2008
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    February 18, 2008

    Drenched in Blog: Night Terrors and "Black Mirror"

    Man, I came home the other night and saw this new Arcade Fire video online after a long night of drinking cough syrup. I know, class out tha ass, no doubt. Whose idea was it to include a ghastly giant old man head!? Is it weird for someone my age to still have night terrors? – Craig Hlavaty

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Drenched in Blog II: Arcade Fire Super Bowl Update

    Turns out Arcade Fire didn't sign off on the use of "No Cars Go" after all. The band did not clear Fox Sports to use the song for its Super Bowl promos. The folks at Pitchfork must have breathed a sigh of relief after they sweated all morning through their American Apparel hoodies. The band is even ... More >>

  • Music

    December 27, 2007

    Our Favorite Albums of 2007

    Panning for gold in an avalanche of 2007 releases

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    September 16, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: Arcade Fire, Back Door Slam and Butch Walker Rule ACL Fest on Saturday

    Click here for a slideshow of Saturday's action. I heard from a photographer buddy that the first aid tent was running out of band-aids. Why? Because so many of these buffoons decided to wear brand new shoes to an outdoor festival. When it’s one hundred degrees out and my testicles are sweating, ... More >>

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    September 4, 2007
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    July 26, 2007

    Win Butler with the Swish!!

    It’s not everyday we see earnest indie rockers playing competitive sports. This is Win Butler, former Woodlands resident and current Arcade Fire frontman, dominating the court in a friendly game of street basketball. I wish I could make more knowing remarks about this, but I know nothing ab ... More >>

  • Music

    June 21, 2007

    Hot Sounds, Summer in the City

    A few local discs to sizzle with

  • Music

    December 29, 2005

    Comeback Clips

    A music-video renaissance is afoot -- but it's strictly on the download

  • Music

    February 3, 2005

    En Fuego

    The Arcade Fire burns Mary Jane's Fat Cat down to the ground; also: Scarface/Geto Boys news and the fate of Mary Jane's

  • Music

    January 20, 2005

    Great Balls of Fire

    The Arcade Fire's vast, spastic music will have you confused, thrilled and begging for more

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    November 11, 2004

    Arcade Fire

    Funeral (Merge)

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