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Girl Crush: Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne

2010 August 2

Joe topped off a great weekend of full of food, friends, and a trip to the ocean with surprise tickets to see Arcade Fire, one of my very favorite bands. I saw them a few years ago at a smaller venue in Boston, but this show, though at the larger Bank of America Pavilion, had all of the pomp and energy and dazzle of any show I’ve ever seen, period. The band isn’t your standard indie band of garage rockers, artfully doing their best to look (and sound) like they don’t care. The epic instrumentation that some see as pretension I take as proof of just how much passion and creativity they have. Though their new album, “The Suburbs,” wasn’t officially released until today, the crowd never stopped dancing or cheering, even if they were hearing a song for the first time. That’s a sign of a great show, and a great record.

{photo courtesy of Flickr user sylvain.taillainder using Creative Commons license}

The band spills over the stage and the inhabit every inch of space, both physical and musical. That’s one of the things I love most about this band–the way they put every single thing they have into playing, shouting and dancing and whirling and jumping and screaming. Regine Chassagne is Win Butler’s wife, and does everything from lead vocals to percussion to accordion. She’s so talented and passionate it’s impossible not to fall in love with her, but then you look at what she’s wearing, and it’s over.  Her style has something of the old world glamor about it. It’s just a little over the top, just like the music. At last night’s show, for example, she was waltzing around the stage in a swirl of gold sequins and red sparkly fingerless gloves (her trademark accessory).

Here’s a clip of the band doing “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out),” one of my favorites, during last night’s show:

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  1. August 3, 2010

    color me jealous; i’ve yet to see them live. so you would recommend the new album? even though i know it got tons of rave reviews, i found myself never listening to neon bible with the passion that i loved funeral with. i don’t think that sentence was composed well at all/made any sense. i’m tired!

    also, LOVE her dress in that first pic.

    also, regarding your other entry: that many trips to NYC in such a short time is crazy! phew.

  2. August 3, 2010

    I haven’t heard of them before but from the video it is definitely the kind of music my husband and I like!

  3. meghan permalink
    August 4, 2010

    duuuuuuuude. this post made me so excited to see them friday :) hooray!

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