Arctic Monkeys and Daft Punk among bookies’ favourites for NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Jake Bugg and Arcade Fire also tipped for success ahead of tomorrow night’s ceremony

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year with eight in total. Haim follow closely with six nominations while Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three. Voting has now closed with bookmakers William Hill tipping Arctic Monkeys to take home the prize for Best British Band ahead of competition from Foals and Biffy Clyro. The ‘AM’ band have odds of 4/6 to add to their collection of awards.

Arcade Fire, meanwhile, are tipped to hold off Haim and Queens of the Stone Age in the category of Best International Band. The Canadian act, who released their latest album ‘Reflektor’ in 2013, currently have odds of 6/4 to take home the coveted prize.

Additionally, Jake Bugg is being backed to take home the prize for Best Solo Artist despite competition from David Bowie, Paul McCartney and newcomer Lorde. The Nottingham born singer-songwriter also faces competition from Kanye West and Lily Allen on the night.

Finally, Daft Punk’s hugely successful single ‘Get Lucky’ is the favourite to be named Best Track with odds of 4/9. Scroll down to see a full rundown of the odds currently on offer from William Hill.

NME Awards 2014 odds:

Best British Band

Arctic Monkeys 4/6
Foals 9/4
Biffy Clyro 8/1
Two Door Cinema Club 9/1
Disclosure 16/1
Palma Violets 20/1

International Band

Arcade Fire 6/4
Queens of the Stone Age 5/2
Vampire Weekend 4/1
Haim 6/1
Phoenix 8/1
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 16/1

Solo Artist

Jake Bugg 6/4
David Bowie 2/1
Paul McCartney 7/2
Lorde 8/1
Kanye West 10/1
Lily Allen 16/1

Best Track

Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’ 4/9
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ 7/2
Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’ 9/1
Primal Scream – ‘2013’ 9/1
Disclosure – ‘White Noise’ 12/1
Lily Allen – ‘Hard Out Here’ 16/1

Elsewhere at the awards, Blondie have been named this year’s Godlike Genius, and the band will collect the award in person and perform at the show. In addition, Belle & Sebastian will receive the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and will also perform live.

Arcade Fire Oscar nomination for ‘Her’ – Best Original Score

Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.

2hr 0min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Romance/Drama‎
Director: Spike Jonze – Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Samantha Morton

Arcade Fire soundtrack is among the 114 soundtracks that will be eligible for the Best Original Score nomination at the 2014 Academy Awards, as Deadline reports. Making the cut: Arcade Fire’s score for Spike Jonze’s upcoming film Her and M83’s score for Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion.

Her (Trailer Music) Arcade Fire – Supersymmetry

Her – Official Trailer (HD) Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

Arcade Fire to headline Glastonbury 2014

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Photo by Debi Del Grande

Arcade Fire have confirmed their biggest show yet in support of Reflektor: they’ll headline the 2014 installment of the Glastonbury Music Festival, CoS informed. It’ll mark the band’s first time at the festival since 2007.

Glastonbury takes place June 25th – 29th in Pilton, UK, and falls smack dab in the middle of the band’s massive summer tour. They’re also set to play European festivals including Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, Denmark’s NorthSide Festival, and Germany’s Hurricane Festival, and are also heavily rumored for Coachella.

See their updated touring docket below:

Arcade Fire 2013-2014 Tour Dates:
01/19 – Gold Coast, AU @ Big Day Out
01/24 – Melbourne, AU @ Big Day Out
01/26-27 – Sydney, AU @ Big Day Out
01/31 – Adelaide, AU @ Big Day Out
02/02 – Perth, AU @ Big Day Out
03/06 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum Center!
03/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
03/10 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
03/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol energy Center
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Center
03/14 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
03/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
03/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/18 – Bridgeport, CT @ Webster Bank Arena
03/29-30 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile
04/01-02 – Bueno Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina
04/05-06 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
04/09 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
04/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
04/23 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
04/27 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizone Wireless Amphitheater
04/29 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
05/01 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
05/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphiteatre at Lakewood
05/29/31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/06 – London, UK @ Earls Court
06/12-15 – Aarhus, DK NorthSide Festival
06/21-22 – Scheessel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/21-22 – Neuhausen, DE @ Southside Festival
06/22 – Rome, IT @ Rock In Roma
06/24 – Verona, IT @ Villa Villafranca di Verona
06/27 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
06/29 – Dublin, IE @ Marlay Park *
07/30 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/08 – George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
08/11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
08/12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
08/14 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
08/17 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Centre
08/19 – Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
08/20 – Bangor, ME @ Waterfront Pavilion
08/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
08/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
08/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
08/26 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/29 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
08/30 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

Do Music Reviews Matter To You?


Arcade Fire’s new album, Reflektor, was the target of mercilessly negative reviews. But did any of them change the way people feel about the band and its music?

By Robin Hilton (npr)

Last week’s for the new record, Reflektor, sparked a conversation here in the All Songs Considered office about the weight of a writer’s words, and whether those words have any real effect on a band’s level of success (success in this case being album sales, or otherwise building a fan base).

Twenty years ago (or maybe less), a negative review in print could kill a band. One out of five stars (or a two out of 10) meant no one would buy the record and few people would turn out for live shows. In some cases it was the difference between a band getting picked up by a label or remaining forever unsigned, living mostly in oblivion.

These days, I’m not so sure negative reviews have as much of an effect. If someone wants to know whether or not they like a record, they’ll probably just listen to it online somewhere. It really depends on the band and where it is in its lifespan. A stellar, four- or five-star review for a new or emerging artist could be huge for them. It looks good in press releases and ads. Pull quotes end up on album cover stickers, and the otherwise casual listener might be more inclined to check out the music. For bigger, more established artists, such as Arcade Fire, a bad review probably isn’t going to change what fans think of the band or its music.

Regardless, more than anything, reviews — good or bad — get conversations going. Like Oscar Wilde said, “the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about” and last week everyone was talking about Arcade Fire. Even though many of the reviews were shockingly terrible (and in some cases, I think, ), even the casual listener is probably going to check out Reflektor just to see what the fuss is about.

But what do you think? Do you even read reviews? If so, do you decide what to listen to or avoid based on what you read? Are there any writers you particularly enjoy or trust more than others? Tell us in the comments section.


“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

STREAM Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’

Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs in New York City. Photo:  Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs in New York City. Photo: Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

The band’s epic double disc is available on YouTube

After a promotional rollout including surprise shows, teaser videos and Saturday Night Live, the wait is over: Arcade Fire’s new album Reflektor is available to hear in its entirety. An official YouTube stream became available today, set to footage from the 1959 film Black Orpheus. “It’s one of my favorite films of all time,” Win Butler recently told Rolling Stone.

In his recent review, David Fricke gave the album four-and-a-half stars, calling it “the best album Arcade Fire have ever made.”

Reflektor is out October 29th on Merge. Stream it below:

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Full Album Teaser – Official)

Published on Oct 24, 2013
Get ‘Reflektor’ on iTunes…
Arcade Fire Store…

0:00:00 Reflektor
0:07:34 We Exist
0:13:17 Flashbulb Eyes
0:16:00 Here Comes the Night Time
0:22:30 Normal Person
0:26:53 You Already Know
0:30:51 Joan of Arc
0:46:22 Here Comes the Night Time II
0:49:07 Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
0:55:23 It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)
1:02:02 Porno
1:08:05 Afterlife
1:14:02 Supersymmetry

Arcade Fire surprise fans by performing on a secret stage at Brooklyn gig


Arcade Fire – Photo: Phil Wallis

James Murphy helped to pull the wool over the eyes of the crowd at 299 Meserole in Bushwick

What a great show! We truly enjoyed this act!

Arcade Fire surprised fans at their first major gig of the year in Brooklyn, New York, by performing on a secret stage.

Though a stage was set up in the middle of the warehouse space at 299 Meserole in Bushwick, the band played their hour long set on a stage at the side of the venue which was revealed at the last minute. At 9.30pm, former LCD Soundsystem man and co-producer of the Arcade Fire’s forthcoming new album ‘Reflektor’, James Murphy appeared on stage. Speaking to cheers, he said: “We can only get three members for right now… I’d like to introduce The Reflektors.” Three musicians wearing giant papier-mâché heads then arrived onstage and played an aimless riff for a minute or so.

It soon became apparent that the real stage for the evening was at the side of the venue. Fans swarmed to the barrier on the left hand side of the room as a large black curtain dropped to reveal a large stage upon which were the members of Arcade Fire. The band burst into their recent single ‘Reflektor’, the chorus sparking off a massive singalong from the crowd, most of whom were in fancy dress.

After playing their second song, ‘Flashbulb Eyes’, frontman Win Butler said to the crowd: “Everyone good? We’re called The Reflektors. We’re from Montreal. Thank you for coming. You guys look beautiful by the way. We figured we get dressed up every night…”. Later he thanked the crowd again for coming to watch them play in a “sweaty factory”. He also apologised for the stage switch, saying to the fans who climbed onto the ‘fake’ stage after the real one was revealed: “Sorry we played a trick on you. Will you forgive us? We just thought it was funny. It won’t be the last time we do something we think is funny that no-one else does.”

The band played an hour long, 10 song set made up of eight new tracks and two older songs – ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’ and ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’. The latter two songs were introduced as ‘cover versions’ of Arcade Fire songs. The new songs included ‘Afterlife’, which they debuted last month on Saturday Night Live, and ‘Here Comes The Night time’, which featured in their Roman Coppola directed television special of the same name, alongside ‘We Exist’ and ‘Normal Person’. The songs ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘It’s Never Over’ and ‘Flashbulb Eyes’ received their live debuts at the gig.

During the show Win Butler addressed the fact that touts were attempting to sell tickets for the sold out show for up to $5,000 online. Addressing the “whole scalper thing” he said: “As I understand it, we sold 1,800 tickets pretty much on the pre-sale, so consider that our $500 dollar gift to you… There could have been a bunch of weird scalper dudes, but I think it was pretty much humanity doing its thing.”

The band will play another show at the same venue tonight (October 19) before shows in Miami at Mekka (October 23) and the Little Haiti Cultural Center (October 24). They will then play Neil Young’s annual Bridge School benefit gig next weekend folllowed by a show at an as-yet-unnamed outdoor Los Angeles venue on October 29. The band’s fourth album ‘Reflektor’ is released on October 28.

Arcade Fire played:

‘Flashbulb Eyes’
‘We Exist’
‘Normal Person’
‘Joan of Arc’
‘It’s Never Over’
‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’
‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’
‘Here Comes The Night Time’

Arcade Fire’s Brooklyn shows bought out… by scalpers!

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire

Remember those bad old days when scalpers screwed LCD Soundsystem fans and Pearl Jam even tried to sue Ticketmaster? Seems all like ancient history, right? Well, looks like things haven’t changed all that much after all, as evidenced by what just happened with Arcade Fire’s upcoming shows in Brooklyn.

About one minute after tickets went on sale today at noon for the October 18th and 19th gigs at 299 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, they were sold out. Fans who had pre-ordered the album got in on advanced sales yesterday, but anyone hoping to snag tickets today were likely out of luck. Unless, of course, you were a soulless scalper.

As Complex points out, 120 available tickets for the Friday show are already going for $175 to $2,000 on Stubhub, with 103 up for Saturday at $199 to $1,500 (as of this posting). See for yourself:



The band is going by the moniker The Reflektors for the gigs, in recognition of their upcoming fourth album. But the only thing these shows are reflecting right now is how greedy some people can be, and how much fun they can suck right out of what should be a really special show. Hopefully these jackasses don’t try to mess with Arcade Fire-featuring Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit show, because that’d just be a low blow.