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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

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    Relax Trax
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    Top Indie
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    Indie Rock Mix

    8 songs

    Indie Party

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    Adult Alternative

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    Adult Rock

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    Acoustic Rock

    1 song

    Top Alternative

    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    1 song

    Pop Rock

    1 song

Albums by
Arcade Fire

Top Songs by
Arcade Fire

  1.   Song
  2.   Wake Up
  3.   Ready To Start
  4.   Rebellion (Lies)
  5.   The Suburbs
  6.   Keep The Car Running
  7.   Month of May
  8.   Intervention
  9.   No Cars Go
  10.   Neighborhood No. 3 (Power Out)
  11.   We Used to Wait
  12.   Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  13.   Modern Man
  14.   Neighborhood No. 1 (Tunnels)
  15.   Reflektor
  16.   Black Mirror
  17.   The Well And The Lighthouse
  18.   Neon Bible
  19.   Rococo
  20.   City with No Children
  21.   Haiti
  22.   My Body Is A Cage
  23.   Neighborhood No. 2 (Laika)
  24.   Afterlife
  25.   Suburban War
  26.   Crown of Love
  27.   Normal Person
  28.   Ocean Of Noise
  29.   (Antichrist Television Blues)
  30.   I Give You Power by Mavis Staples
  31.   Here Comes the Night Time, Pt. 2
  32.   Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
  33.   Half Light II (No Celebration)
  34.   Porno
  35.   Une Annee Sans Lumiere
  36.   Cold Wind
  37.   Black Wave / Bad Vibrations
  38.   We Exist
  39.   Empty Room
  40.   Windowsill
  41.   Here Comes the Night Time
  42.   Deep Blue
  43.   Abraham's Daughter
  44.   Joan of Arc
  45.   In the Backseat
  46.   Half Light I
  47.   Flashbulb Eyes
  48.   Neighborhood No. 4 (7 Kettles)
  49.   It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
  50.   You Already Know
  51.   Wasted Hours
  52.   Speaking in Tongues
  53.   Supersymmetry
  54.   Get Right
  55.   Sprawl I (Flatland)
  56.   Culture Way
  57.   Surf City Eastern Bloc
  58.   Lenin
  59.   Flashbulb Eyes by Linton Kwesi Johnson
  60.   Women of a Certain Age
  61.   Apocrypha
  62.   Soft Power
  63.   Broken Window
  64.   Crucified Again

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