Arcade Fire confirms YouTube performance

Let’s pull back the curtains a bit, ladies and gentlemen. Much like the rest of the United States work force, the music industry is totally unproductive on Fridays. In fact, I think the ol’ CoS inbox has received maybe four new emails in the last hour, which is about 4,000x less than what we receive every other day of the week. Plus, it doesn’t help that Arcade Fire‘s new album has leaked — seriously guys, it’s like eight hour old news… get with it — and every blogger and their mother is hunkered down listening to the brilliantly sounds of Win Butler while simultaneously wiping tears away from their face. I know from experience.

So imagine our disbelief when we received a press release from Arcade Fire of all people — what audacity! — confirming this week’s news that they’ll be streaming their August 5th performance at Madison Square Garden live on YouTube. From what we read, the performance will see “surprise musical guests” — Owen Pallet? Britt Daniel? — joining Arcade Fire on stage. And for those streaming the concert, there will be options to select from multiple different camera angles as well as submit photos of their own “suburbs”, which may be featured on stage during the band’s performance of one song. Fun fun.

Still no word on who will be directing the YouTube stream, but it’s looking like Spike Jonze might not be as safe of an assumption as originally thought.

Just make sure you click here at 10pm EST on Thursday, August 5th. In the meantime, check out a new trailer for the performance featuring a snippet of The Suburb‘s closer. Then resume your illegal listening of the rest of the album.


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