Arcade Fire have extended their Reflektor tour by adding three new dates. A third show has been added to the Barclays Center as well as stops in Bangor, ME and Toronto, ON. The full list of dates can be found in the replies.
If you are planning to attend Arcade Fire's upcoming 2014 North American tour, you better be prepared to dress up a little. If you click on any of the dates on Ticketmaster, you'll notice it says "Night of Show: Please wear formal attire or costume" - a request the band also made of the fans whom attended the smaller, exclusive shows this past fall. While dressing up was mandatory for those attending the smaller shows, no such clarification has been made about these upcoming arena shows (will a concert-goer be turned away at the door for not dressing up?).
So with Reflektor, Arcade Fire has employed an old trick. Use seemingly “exotic” cultural elements, regardless of their original context, to grab attention; profit. It’s a model Urban Outfitters, for example, has gotten in trouble for. Many iconic white musicians, from the Beatles to Madonna, from Elvis to Eminem, have done the same, to varying levels of controversy: Most everyone agrees cultural mixing can lead to innovative art, but there are sensitive and insensitive ways to do it, ways that perpetuate inequality and ways that work against it.
The Arcade Fire have released an album that elucidates our constant psychic vacillation between uber-connection and utter disconnection. They ask you to be aware of your fractured attention span/psyche/in touch with your humanity. Arcade Fire so mercifully avoid the Nuremberg-rock cliches ("Hey!") in favor of sleaze, anxiety, and pathos that you can dance to.
Billboard is reporting that Arcade Fire will most likely surpass Katy Perry's Prism in sales this week. The band's new album, Reflektor, is likely to sell around 135K copies. I guess that means your parents like it?
We know that Arcade Fire will be releasing its fourth studio album on October 29th. Earlier this month, an Instagram account with the name 'Reflektor' popped up and has been associated with the band and is rumored to be the title of LP4. The account postedthreeimages teasing that something is coming on September 9th at 9 PM. We'll keep you updated.