It’s crazy to think it’s been 10 years since Arcade Fire’s first Philly performance (they played the First Unitarian Church, opening for The Unicorns, in 2004); since then, they’ve transitioned from twitchy up-and-comers to capital R Rockers, who’ve won a Grammy award and billions of fans, in addition to the undying support of the entire Pitchfork review staff.
And while other Grammy winners have left us less-than-impressed, we have to give it up for Arcade Fire, whose new record Reflektor is undoubtedly their most rocking yet (just try and watch this vid for “Afterlife” and tell me you’re not playing some sweet air guitar)—and who have remained remarkably accessible, despite selling out bigger and bigger venues.
This March, the band brings its grandiose live show to the Wells Fargo Center, where much partying will surely occur. But for music fans who don’t dig the stadium vibe (or don’t have $50 on hand for floor tix), never fear—AC front man Win Butler will stop by Union Transfer post-show, to spin some tunes and maybe inspire some sartorial choices. He’ll be joined for the evening by pop composer Owen Pallett—a.k.a., Final Fantasy—who’s contributed to all four Arcade Fire records thus far, in addition to collaborating with Butler on the soundtrack to Spike Jones’s Her. To quote promoters/hosts R5 Productions: “we’re not entirely sure what’s going down”—but we’re excited nonetheless. Scoop up tix for the after party here—and for their headlining show at Wells Fargo Center here. Monday nights have never felt so celebratory.
11 PM on Monday, March 17, at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., $15. Tickets available here.