Winning the Grammy for Album of the Year allows a musical act pretty much unlimited artistic freedom. Arcade Fire has taken said freedom and decided to throw a weird dance party. The group's latest album, Reflektor, leans heavily on the shimmering dance vibe of the record's producer, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy. Arcade Fire has also been making more bold visual choices, from odd paper mache heads to the wild "How the heck did something this bizarre actually air on network television?" special Here Comes the Night Time (which can be seen in its entirety below), a concert film infused with comedy cameos by Rainn Wilson, Michael Cera, and more.
The band just announced the North American dates of its 2014 Reflektor Tour, which features a stop in Seattle. Or rather, "Seattle." Arcade Fire plays the Gorge Amphitheatre in George on Friday, August 8. If anyone is suited to play the Gorge, it's Arcade Fire, who puts on an absolutely joyous large scale live show. Speaking of suited—and this is completely true—the band requests attendees wear formal wear or a costume. For some reason, its hard to picture the people sitting on blankets on the Gorge's hill to be sporting tuxes.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 22 at 10am at livenation.org or by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $33 to $77.
Aug 8 at 7:30, Gorge Amphitheatre, George, $33–$77