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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. May 2017 saw Arcade Fire perform an intimate secret show in Montreal, where they played six new songs. At the end of the month they released "Everything Now," the lead single from the highly anticipated fifth studio album of the same name, which dropped later that July. Featuring production by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Pulp's Steve Mackey, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, and longtime producer Markus Dravs, Everything Now also featured the singles "Creature Comfort" and "Electric Blue." ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Arcade Fire

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    Top Indie
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Albums by
Arcade Fire

Top Songs by
Arcade Fire

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Wake Up
  3.   Rebellion (Lies)
  4.   The Suburbs
  5.   Ready To Start
  6.   Keep The Car Running
  7.   Month of May
  8.   Intervention
  9.   No Cars Go
  10.   Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
  11.   Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  12.   We Used to Wait
  13.   Modern Man
  14.   Everything_Now (Continued)
  15.   Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
  16.   Reflektor
  17.   Black Mirror
  18.   The Well And The Lighthouse
  19.   Neon Bible
  20.   Rococo
  21.   Creature Comfort
  22.   Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
  23.   City with No Children
  24.   Haiti
  25.   My Body Is A Cage
  26.   Electric Blue
  27.   Signs of Life
  28.   Afterlife
  29.   Crown of Love
  30.   Suburban War
  31.   Normal Person
  32.   Ocean Of Noise
  33.   (Antichrist Television Blues)
  34.   Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
  35.   Half Light II (No Celebration)
  36.   Here Comes the Night Time, Pt. II
  37.   I Give You Power by Mavis Staples
  38.   Une Annee Sans Lumiere
  39.   We Exist
  40.   Cold Wind
  41.   Windowsill
  42.   Empty Room
  43.   Black Wave / Bad Vibrations
  44.   Porno
  45.   Deep Blue
  46.   Half Light I
  47.   In the Backseat
  48.   Abraham's Daughter
  49.   Wasted Hours
  50.   Joan of Arc
  51.   Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)
  52.   You Already Know
  53.   Here Comes the Night Time
  54.   Flashbulb Eyes
  55.   It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)
  56.   Put Your Money On Me
  57.   Women of a Certain Age
  58.   Good God Damn
  59.   We Don't Deserve Love
  60.   Chemistry
  61.   Infinite Content
  62.   Lenin
  63.   Get Right
  64.   Speaking in Tongues
  65.   Supersymmetry
  66.   Crucified Again
  67.   Sprawl I (Flatland)
  68.   Peter Pan
  69.   Soft Power
  70.   Apocrypha
  71.   Surf City Eastern Bloc
  72.   Broken Window
  73.   Culture War

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