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Losing their edge, again: The year of indie rock’s inevitable midlife crisis

Back in February, Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth took to his Instagram to pose an existential question: “Is it me or is the condition of indie rock in the 24½th century both bad and boujee?” “Bad,” he meant, in the sense that it was now largely a “musically underwhelming” Xerox of groups that came before. “Boujee”…

Arcade Fire lightens up—relatively speaking—on the disco-fueled Everything Now

Arcade Fire’s fifth LP Everything Now opens with its title track, twice. The first version, logged under the name “Everything_Now (Continued),” lasts for just under one woozy minute, and it in no way prepares the listener for what’s to come. When the dirgelike intro gives way to the full five-minute “Everything Now,”…

Sorry, but the dress code for Arcade Fire’s Brooklyn show wasn’t the band’s idea

Did Arcade Fire annoy some people by suggesting people dress up for shows on their 2013 North American tour, then walk it back by saying the dress code was “super not mandatory?” Yes. Is the band going for a redux of that same controversy by releasing a message to attendees of its upcoming Everything Now release show…

Arcade Fire went ahead and made some shirts with some Jenners on them

Last week, Kendall and Kylie Jenner—you know, the Kardashians’ lower-rated spinoff series—attracted the ire of pretty much all sentient humans (again) by selling a bunch of $100 shirts with their own faces superimposed over the images of dead rappers (also a bunch of classic rock musicians, only some of whom were…

Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Shabazz Palaces, and more albums to expect in July

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Arcade Fire channels its inner ABBA in new single “Everything Now”

Earlier this week, we investigated how Arcade Fire appeared to have been building anticipation for something using a Russian website with a video titled “everything now content two.” Now evidence of an actual song titled “Everything Now” has emerged, so basically that was a whole lot of confusion for what was simply…

14 Bush-era political artworks that stood the test of time

The George W. Bush years were dark, no matter which side of the aisle you sat on. Less than a year into his first term came the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and everything thereafter was haunted by the specter of war—first in Afghanistan and then, erroneously, in Iraq. The U.S. government engaged in torture…

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Arcade Fire teams up with Mavis Staples for a new song, “I Give You Power”

It’s been four years since Arcade Fire released its fourth album, Reflektor, but the band has certainly been staying busy. It’s been teasing a new album in 2017, and while there’s no proof that the song the band just released, “I Give You Power,” will be on it, it’s the first audible sign that the band’s been in the…

What beloved masterpiece do you despise?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Once Upon A Time’s Jennifer Morrison is a kid-zapping maniac in the new Will Butler clip

Just a couple of weeks ago, Will Butler released a new video starring Emma Stone. That clip, for the song “Anna,” was charming and whimsical, with Stone dancing manically on the Queen Mary as the song blasted in the background. Now Butler is back with a new video starring yet another lovely young gal. In the clip for…