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Arcade Fire

A combination of indie rock muscle and theatrical, unapologetic bombast turned Arcade Fire into indie royalty in the early 2000s. Originally comprised of Régine Chassagne, Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and brothers William and Win Butler, the group formed during the summer of 2003, after Win spotted Chassagne singing jazz standards at a Montreal art exhibit. The grandson of famed swing-era bandleader Alvino Rey, Win was quickly charmed by Chassagne's performance, leading the two to launch a songwriting partnership. Romance followed shortly thereafter, and the duo expanded its sound by gathering Parry on organ, Kingsbury on bass, and Win Butler's younger brother, William, on synthesizer and percussion. Drawing from the bandmates' varied influences, Arcade Fire began mining an eclectic mix of bossa nova, punk, French chanson, and classically tinged pop music, referencing everything from U2's passion to David Bowie's eclecticism in the process. Arcade Fire issued a self-titled EP in 2003, having briefly retreated to Maine for the recording sessions. Propelled by Win Butler's quavering vocals and his bandmates' symphonic swells, the disc helped earn the band an official offer from Merge Records. The bandmates' luck faltered later that year, however, when Chassagne's grandmother passed away. The Butler brothers' grandfather followed suit in March 2004, and Parry's aunt died one month later. Seeking catharsis in the studio, the members of Arcade Fire funneled their energies into the creation of Funeral. Released in September 2004, the debut album was met with unanimous acclaim -- both commercially and critically -- and Arcade Fire found themselves maintaining a nearly constant presence on the road, playing such high-profile festivals as Lollapalooza and Coachella between a slew of smaller club dates. They also appeared on the cover of Time magazine's Canadian edition, garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album, rubbed shoulders with superfan David Bowie, and toured alongside U2. Following an exhausting year, Arcade Fire decamped to a church outside of Montreal to work on a second release. The ambitious Neon Bible arrived in March 2007, featuring such grand ornamentations as a pipe organ, a military choir, and a full orchestra. The album peaked at number two and sparked another tour, which found the band playing more than 120 shows over the course of a year. When touring wrapped up in early 2008, Arcade Fire played several shows in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama before beginning work on a third album. The resulting Suburbs, an eclectic 16-track ode to childhood, suburban sprawl, and middle-class dreams both won and lost, arrived on August 2, 2010. The record was universally acclaimed and reached number one in both the U.S. and U.K. album charts. The following year they won a host of awards, including prestigious accolades such as a Grammy for Album of the Year, the Polaris Prize, and BRIT awards for both Best International Album and Group, among other honors and nominations. Their success followed them on the road as they sold out shows across the globe, and in 2011 they released a deluxe version of Suburbs that included a short film -- titled Scenes from the Suburbs -- directed by Spike Jonze. They began work on their fourth release in 2012 and enlisted LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy for production duties. The critically acclaimed double album, entitled Reflektor, was released in October 2013, and was followed by an ambitious world tour. A documentary film of the tour, The Reflektor Tapes, was released in 2015, as was an accompanying EP of the same name. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Arcade Fire

    '00s Indie

    '00s Indie
    8 songs

    Top Alternative

    Top Alternative
    3 songs

    Alternative Mix

    Alternative Mix
    3 songs

    Pop Rock

    Pop Rock
    3 songs

    Relax Trax

    6 songs

    Top Indie

    8 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    8 songs

    Indie Party

    8 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    2 songs

    Adult Alternative

    2 songs

    Adult Rock

    2 songs

Albums by
Arcade Fire

Top Songs by
Arcade Fire

  1.   Song
  2.   Wake Up
  3.   The Suburbs
  4.   Ready To Start
  5.   Rebellion (Lies)
  6.   Keep The Car Running
  7.   Intervention
  8.   No Cars Go
  9.   Month of May
  10.   Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)
  11.   Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  12.   Modern Man
  13.   We Used to Wait
  14.   Black Mirror
  15.   Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
  16.   Reflektor
  17.   The Well And The Lighthouse
  18.   Rococo
  19.   Afterlife
  20.   Neon Bible
  21.   Haiti
  22.   My Body Is A Cage
  23.   Suburban War
  24.   Normal Person
  25.   Crown Of Love
  26.   City with No Children
  27.   Ocean Of Noise
  28.   (Antichrist Television Blues)
  29.   Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
  30.   Here Comes the Night Time, Pt. 2
  31.   Half Light II (No Celebration)
  32.   Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
  33.   Une Annee Sans Lumiere
  34.   Porno
  35.   Cold Wind
  36.   We Exist
  37.   Black Wave / Bad Vibrations
  38.   Windowsill
  39.   Empty Room
  40.   Abraham's Daughter
  41.   Wasted Hours
  42.   Here Comes the Night Time
  43.   In The Backseat
  44.   Deep Blue
  45.   You Already Know
  46.   It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
  47.   Half Light I
  48.   Joan of Arc
  49.   Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)
  50.   Flashbulb Eyes
  51.   Speaking in Tongues
  52.   Lenin
  53.   Get Right
  54.   Surf City Eastern Bloc
  55.   Broken Window
  56.   Culture Way
  57.   Sprawl I (Flatland)
  58.   Supersymmetry
  59.   Crucified Again
  60.   Soft Power
  61.   Women of a Certain Age
  62.   Apocrypha
  63.   Flashbulb Eyes by Linton Kwesi Johnson
  64.   My Buddy (Alvino Rey Orchestra)
  65.   Old Flame
  66.   I'm Sleeping in a Submarine
  67.   The Woodlands National Anthem
  68.   My Heart is an Apple
  69.   Headlights Look Like Diamonds
  70.   Vampire/Forest Fire
  71.   Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
  72.   Power Out
  73.   Brazil
  74.   Neighbourhood (Part 1/Tunnels)
  75.   Neighbourhood (Part 2/Laika)
  76.   Neighbourhood (Part 4/7 Kettles)
  77.   Behind the Scenes from the Suburbs
  78.   Scenes from the Suburbs
  79.   Puddit (Put It Where You Want It)
  80.   Neighbourhood
  81.   Games Without Frontiers

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