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Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits

Arcade Fire

Austin City Limits "Arcade Fire"
Airs Saturday, May 18 at 11:15 PM

With infectious melodies and introspective lyrics, Arcade Fire has won over the hearts of America with their harp-strumming, accordion-pumping, xylophone-tapping, songs that are undeniably brilliant. Tonight the band makes their second appearance on Austin City Limits performing songs from their powerful album The Suburbs.

Originally based in Montreal, Canada, the group is distinctly known for their multi-instrumental abilities, impressively switching instruments throughout their show. In 2004, they released their debut album Funeral, followed by Neon Bible in 2007 to much critical praise.

After both the debut and sophomore albums, there was a mounting pressure for the group to produce another musical gem. Not surprisingly, the band recorded arguably their best album to date with the release of The Suburbs, which to the delight of music lovers everywhere, won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards. The sixteen-song album is both innovative and cohesive, truly displaying the bands genuine, creative power. Spin wrote “Radiant with apocalyptic tension and grasping to sustain real bonds, The Suburbs extends hungrily outward, recalling the dystopic miasma of William Gibson’s sci-fi novels and Sonic Youth’s guitar odysseys.”

Quite impressively, Arcade Fire has gone from being an underground, indie band to Grammy-winning artists in only a few, short years. A BBC Music writer said, “Emerging from a previously unexplored beyond, their story has always been theirs alone to tell. And The Suburbs is their most thrillingly engrossing chapter yet.”

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