“Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)” live by Arcade Fire

Posted by The G on August 7, 2010 under G Videos | Read the First Comment

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Like my experience with Spoon, the more I have been listening to Arcade Fire recently, the more I am loving their music.  Here’s a video of “Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)” live from Madison Square Garden at their very first show there on August 4, 2010.

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“Written In Reverse” live by Spoon

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The more I think back on my experience seeing Spoon opening for Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden on August 4, 2010, the more I am loving their music.  For example, here’s a video of the Texas rockers performing “Written in Reverse.”  Enjoy!

Owen Pallett live at Madison Square Garden

Posted by The G on August 5, 2010 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

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Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett walked out onto the stage at Madison Square Garden where he opened for Arcade Fire on August 4, 2010 and his first words to the crowd were “I could get used to this.”  So precious!  The gay Canadian Virgo (a trifecta of sexiness, according2g), is a composer, violinist, keyboardist, and vocalist!  He mostly played violin tonight and though he performed in such a large venue, the crowd was very attentive so as to hear every word.  I can only imagine how difficult it must be to sing and play the violin at the same time, but Pallett pulled it off (pun definitely intended) as he played songs such as “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt” from his album “Heartland.”  I think seeing him in a more intimate venue will be a better experience, so keep your eyes peeled for when he comes to your town.

Owen Pallett

Spoon live at Madison Square Garden

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Britt Daniel of Spoon

Texas rockers Spoon opened for Arcade Fire at Madison Square Garden in New York on August 4, 2010.  It was my first experience seeing the Spoon live and I forking loved it.  Their music, though described primarily as indie rock has some pretty funky moments.  Spoon also beat a certain Lady to the punch by naming their 2007 album “Ga ga ga ga ga.”  They played hits such as “Jonathon Fisk,” “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” and the more recent “Written In Reverse.”  Lead singer Britt Daniel remarked to the crowd that it was an honor to play at Madison Square Garden and this was his first time ever setting foot inside the venue.  A pretty cool first time experience, according2g.  It’s fitting that Spoon and Arcade Fire played together because both of their latest albums “Transferrence,” and “The Suburbs,” respectively, are sure to wind up on a lot of year end best album lists.  A video of “Written In Reverse” is coming soon, so stay tuned.

Spoon

See one more picture of Britt Daniel and the set list after the jump.

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Arcade Fire live at Madison Square Garden

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Win Butler of Arcade Fire - Livin' on the edge.

For those who read this site daily (and I thank you for your patronage), you know that I go to a lot of concerts.  I try to see bands I’ve never had the chance to experience live whenever possible and nothing pleases me more than hearing a band’s music for the first time when they walk out on stage in front of my eyes.  I hadn’t yet had a chance to hear Arcade Fire’s  latest album “The Suburbs” which leaked weeks ago, but was officially released this week.  What I have heard is that the buzz on this album is so good, it made me cancel my plans so I could go see this album performed live.

The night started off on a high as openers Owen Pallett and Spoon played awesome sets (more on both coming soon).  Then at 10:20 pm, the sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden got to hear the New York live debut of tracks from “The Suburbs” by Arcade fire.  Playing songs such as “Rococo,” “We Used To Wait,” “The Suburbs” and “The Suburbs (Continued),” it didn’t matter to the crowd that these tracks are brand new.  The audience reacted to the opening notes as if these songs have been around for years and the vibe from the crowd was infectious.  Many songs feature something catchy to sing along to, whether it’s a repeated chant, a section made for hand claps and finger snaps or the upbeat music from the baroque pop band.  I had a great time and I snagged a copy of “The Suburbs” on my way out.  These songs fit right in amongst fan favorites “Keep The Car Running,” “Intervention,” “Haiti,” “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” and “Crown of Love.”

Lead singer Win Butler played piano, guitar and walked out into the audience several times.  I wasn’t terribly impressed with their visuals, but perhaps when Terry Gilliam directs and broadcasts the show on the internet on August 5, it might have a more ethereal vibe to it.  I also liked the fact that the band has been supporters of Haiti long before it was trendy and a portion of ticket sales went directly to help the victims of the recent earthquakes there.  I am officially a fan of Arcade Fire, and I think I made the right decision by attending their show.  A video of “Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)” will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

See more pictures as well as the set list after the jump.

Win Butler of Arcade Fire

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