The music "Know Nothings' in a bizarre twist accuse the Grammy awards of being fixed because the band that won for best album they never heard of. Well that's their problem.
Music critic Steve Tout believes that the proof is that Arcade fire were able to play one of their own songs without having rehearsed supposedly at the auditorium .
Arcade Fire has probably played that song a hundred times or more as with any of their songs.
Why shouldn't they be able to play one of their songs in an impromptu moment as it were.
They are always on tour and before and during tours they work on the musical arrangements in a rather obsessive manner.They do not lip-sync, they are professional musicians but they don't rely on having a stage show with a group of professional dancers or choreographer , at times they do use various lighting and stage effects, big screen tvs and other props but at other times they will appear to be minimalist.
One of Arcade Fire' most interesting and arty and surreal if you like videos is the band performing Neon Bible in an elevator... One member keeps the beat by tearing pages out of a magazine a must see. So since my editor insists I guess here it is from 2007-
Arcade Fire and fans go on the offensive post-Grammy win
Are you still angry about album of the year going to some hipster no-name band? Time to get over it by Drew Grant at Salon.com, Feb. 23,2011
Hey, remember last week, when everyone was really upset that this band no one has ever heard of won the Grammy for album of the year? Everyone was like "Who/what is an Arcade Fire and what do they have to do with the 'Suburbs'?" There was even a whole website dedicated to people not knowing who Arcade Fire was. It's like these people never listened to the trailer for "Where the Wild Things Are."
In one of the most vocal criticisms of the band's win, record executive Steve Toute took out a full-page ad in the New York Times, completely blasting the NARAS and the Grammys for losing "touch with contemporary popular culture" and also fixing the awards. His evidence? Because after their win, Arcade Fire played two songs, one right after each other, and were completely prepared!
As the show was coming to a close and just prior to presenting the award for Album of the Year, Arcade Fire performed 'Month of May' only to, surprise, win the category and, in a moment of sheer coincidence, happened to be prepared to perform 'Ready to Start.' Does the Grammys intentionally use artists for their celebrity, popularity and cultural appeal when they already know the winners and then program a show against this expectation?
Complete conspiracy. Or else, you know, these guys tour a lot and are used to impromptu performances. (Steve is also mad Justin Bieber didn’t win, by the way.)
While Steve's shot is directed more toward the Grammys than with Arcade Fire itself, we have to wonder if NARAS is really "losing touch with contemporary pop culture." Millions of hipsters disagree with you there, Steve. Like the guys in Funemployed, the comedy group behind the "Arcade Fire Hipster Attack" video. These dudes are ready to pound the daylights out of anyone trying to besmirch their favorite soundscape artists.