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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 album, entitled Reflektor, was released in October 2013. ~ 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


    1 song

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