Friday, February 18 2011
The Arcade Fire's The Suburbs may win Grammys and top year-end lists, but it also perpetuates shallow and uninformed beliefs about its central subject matter.
Friday, December 24 2010
PopMatters is on its annual publishing break until 3 January 2011, except for some film reviews and blogs. In the meantime, enjoy some of the year's best...
The year's best albums are highlighted by the emergence of a future superstar, two veteran and virtuoso rappers, and a Dream Team of indie bands releasing career peaks.
Friday, December 24 2010
Sixty slices of musical greatness highlighted by one of the most delightful expletive-ridden hits in pop music history.
Thursday, December 16 2010
The more you look, the more examples of the fantastic you find in music this year.
Monday, August 11 2008
Pop music may still travel in revolutions, but not along a fixed course maintaining an even degree of distance from its point of origin. Like a moon intolerant of its gravitation pull, each cycle drifts us further and further from the cycle before it.
Tuesday, August 2 2011
Inspiring everything from undying adulation to knee-jerk backlash, it's the wide array of responses The Suburbs has elicited that offers the greatest testament to how vital it remains.
Wednesday, June 29 2011
Performances like this one might tell us as much about the band's future as it does about its past.
Monday, August 2 2010
Although there are a few moments on the album that do interestingly juxtapose idyllic, more fondly remembered suburban scenes with soul-deadening ones, too much time is spent lingering in inescapability and spiritual darkness.
Friday, May 1 2009
Miroir Noir is a self-aware tone-poem essay on the Arcade Fire's navigation of the post-millennial liminal spaces between commercial capitalism and independent art.
Thursday, January 31 2008
An army of roadies buzzed about the stage, assembling a clavichord here, a glockenspiel there, plus several mic stands with loudspeakers perched at the tops. Whatever we were about to see, it was obvious that it was going to be big.
Friday, October 28 2011
When you get right down to it, very few bands are truly capable of commanding a festival size crowd and won't be getting any easier, as attention spans get ever shorter.
Friday, May 20 2011
Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger got into a fight so that the neighbors could dance in the police disco lights. But since disco is passé, no one showed up. This week in Counterbalance, the Arcade Fire's Funeral.
Wednesday, September 1 2010
The Drums recently stopped by the BBC to perform at the BBC Three Live Lounge and they did a live take of "We Used to…
Thursday, August 26 2010
Throughout 'The Suburbs', Arcade Fire seems completely ill-equipped to understand both where it came from and, more pressingly, where it is now. That kind of tunnel vision is what leads the band to articulate such an uncritical urban bias.
Wednesday, August 18 2010
Call it "mach schau", soul, or the “swing” without which Duke Ellington warns us “it don’t mean a thing”, the physically felt component of live performance is perhaps easiest defined, if not in its absence, then in its failed attempt.
Wednesday, April 20 2011
Arcade Fire, fresh off one of the most shocking Grammy wins of all time, is touring middle America. Drummer Jeremy Gara talked about the rising…
Tuesday, October 2 2007
Five months after the Arcade Fire issued its second album, "Neon Bible," the dramatic Canadian ensemble has cemented itself as one of rock's most vital…
Tuesday, March 6 2007
Maybe all I need to convince me of its wondrousness is a memorable experience at Coachella. That's what it took for Funeral to stick, after all.