Win Butler

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Arcade Fire - Barclays Center - 8/24/14

    Better than: Listening to Reflektor. There was a moment when Arcade Fire began where I was convinced I was seeing the wrong band. Opening with the title track of their newest album Reflektor, it was hard to see the earnest accordion-playing art kids from Montreal under the shiny suits, blinding li ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    The Six Best Male Dancers in Contemporary Rock

    If Elvis Presley taught us anything, apart from a love for peanut butter and banana sandwiches, it is that white men can dance. His successors such as Iggy pop, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Axl Rose are just as iconic for their showmanship as they are their music. All of these frontmen shake, sway, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Can You Masturbate While Arcade Fire's Reflektor Is Playing? An Experiment

    I pride myself in answering the questions that nobody should ever ask. I stand a fierce, passionless reporter, on the precipice of doing something really, really dumb. I am going to watch a bunch of porn on mute and listen to Reflektor at the same time. Maybe I will learn something. Maybe I will mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    SNL Sound-Off: Arcade Fire Are a Talking Heads Cover Band Now

    Live from New York, it's a small army of disco-loving, French-speaking, fringe-sporting indie musicians who made late night television history! The 39th season of Saturday Night Live kicked off in spectacular fashion, with Our Lady of Quick Wit, Tina Fey, returning to her stomping ground to host an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    The Most Overused Terms In SXSW Band Bios

    By Craig Hlavaty Before I take any trip to Austin and SXSW, I always take more than a few days to peruse the schedule and check out a few of the hundreds of names on the roster and read their bios. Some years there are more bands with "wolf" and "space" in their monikers than usual, and some year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Where the Bands Eat: Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear and More

    Kim Erlandsen​ Want to sip cocktails and eat with the Arcade Fire? Unless you are already an awesomely talented, famous musician, too bad! What you can do, however, is sit and subtly stare at them from a few tables over while eating deconstructed Niçoise salads and sipping glasses of Bulleit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Live: Colin Stetson Blows Saxes And Minds At Glasslands

    by K. Leander Williams ​ Colin Stetson Glasslands Gallery Sunday, April 17 Better than: Plan A, whatever the hell that was... Colin Stetson didn't play on every track of the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, but it's both fortuitous and ironic that the saxist contributed to "Suburban War", the wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    The Great 2011 Grammy Postmortem: Even If Arcade Fire Made It, "We" Probably Didn't (Right?)

    This picture is from Arcade Fire's Tumblr, where it's captioned "Win jumping up and down, thanking the world." Because why wouldn't it be?​Radiohead may have already surpassed last night's Grammys as the au currant news of an indie-rock world that is all of a sudden drowning in good tidings, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Live: The Arcade Fire Basically Own Madison Square Garden Now

    Régine, basking. Pic by Ben Jay, more below.​Arcade Fire/Spoon Madison Square Garden Wednesday, August 4 Gold medal, stage banter, 2010: "I have to say my favorite part of Madison Square Garden is this area right over here," announces Win Butler, gesturing toward a spot to his right maybe h ... More >>

  • Music

    August 4, 2010

    The Arcade Fire Get Serious

    A singular talent for grandiose, unintentional comedy, sadly dampened by The Suburbs

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    This Week's Voice: The Arcade Fire, Lilith Fair, Neu!, and More

    Win Butler, serenading The Kids. Photo by Kim Erlandsen.​In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla takes on the grandiose, unintentional comedy of the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Maura Johnston wanders around the revitalized Lilith Fair, and David Cotner breaks down the long-awaited Neu! retro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    One Man's Desperate Attempt to Find a Reason to Like the Arcade Fire

    Look, we're trying here, OK?​There is a thing where people get on the internet and express a strong, contrary opinion in the interests of getting other people angry. This is not that thing. There is a thing where a person sees a lot of other people getting excited about a cultural phenomenon a ... More >>

  • Music

    June 17, 2008

    Coldplay's Insurmountable Fire

    Chris Martin and those other guys' wild, desperate attempt to top U2, the Arcade Fire, life, death, and all death's friends

  • Unknown

    January 15, 2008

    There Might Not Be Blood

    The apocalyptic comfort of the Arcade Fire

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Live: Spoon and the Ponys at the Roseland

    You can sorta see the Win Butler comparison, right? This is from the Bowery Ballroom; photo by Sidney Lo Spoon/The Ponys October 20th by Bret Gladstone Let’s get this out of the way first: CMJ is fucking lame. And I’m not just saying that because I haven’t slept all week and feel miserable. ... More >>

  • Music

    October 2, 2007

    Arcade Fire/LCD Soundsystem at Randall's Island

    Two budding stadium-rock titans salute a summer that refuses to end

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2007
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    March 13, 2007

    Get in the Ring

    Someone should've kicked dance-punk DJ-producer-bandleader James Murphy's ass by now. No one can.

  • Music

    February 27, 2007
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    February 13, 2007

    The Unforgettable Fire

    Joyously overwrought arena rock often sounds even better in church

  • Specials

    February 15, 2005
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    January 25, 2005

    Harmonies and Abysses

    Across the sky sheet the impossible birds in a steady illiterate movement homewards

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    January 18, 2005

    In From The Cold

    Young indie Canadians make a life together before their own lives can tear them apart