A combination of indie rock muscle and theatrical, unapologetic bombast turned Arcade Fire into indie royalty in the early 2000s. Originally comprised of Régine Chassagne, Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and brothers William and Win Butler, the group formed during the summer of 2003, after Win spotted Chassagne singing jazz standards at a Montreal art exhibit. Drawing from the bandmates' varied influences, Arcade Fire began mining an eclectic mix of bossa nova, punk, French chanson, and classically tinged pop music, referencing everything from U2's passion to David Bowie's eclecticism in the process.
They’ve won a host of awards, including prestigious accolades such as a Grammy for Album of the Year, the Polaris Prize, and BRIT awards for both Best International Album and Group, among other honors and nominations.
Arcade Fire’s newest album, entitled Reflektor, was released in October 2013.
Check out Arcade Fire's track, "Reflektor" below.
Formed in 1998 by frontman Jared Leto and his older brother, 30 Seconds to Mars found success in the 2000s with a mix of post-grunge, screamo, and hard rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut album, but it was the platinum-selling sophomore effort A Beautiful Lie that officially opened the flood gates in 2005. The group even won the Guinness World Record for "Longest Concert Tour By A Rock Band" by playing 309 shows in over two years.
After wrapping up this exhaustive tour, 30 Seconds to Mars set out to work on a new album; as they did so, Leto completed Artifact, his documentary about the recording of This Is War and the band's subsequent battle with their record company, EMI. Artifact premiered at the 2013 South By Southwest festival, just a few months prior to the release of the Steve Lillywhite-produced Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams in May of 2013.
Check out Thirty Seconds to Mars' track, "City of Angels" below.
TiDUS is a cryptic character. First popping up in 2012, his digitally acclaimed "Mirrors" and "Doors" EPs got him blasted out by the likes of Pigeons and Planes and XXL, but then he dipped right back into the ether from which this self proclaimed interstellar nomad arrived. Meantime he was picked up by 3qtr - the label, management and investment company responsible for Odd Future and Bass Drum of Death. Legendary Hip Hop Since 1978 (Kanye West, Lil Wayne) also picked him up. Unfortunately, so did the NYPD... Now TiDUS resurfaces with an LP that he exclusively produced, wrote and rapped/sang that roves from his native NJ to the abstract serenity of David Lynch to the beautifully rough production of a Kanye before the Grammy's.
Check out TiDUS' track, "Without A Care" below.