Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Leads Charity Basketball Team
When you’re choosing sides in sports, it’s usually a wise move to pick the guy named Win for your team.
Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler is going one step further in a few weeks, when he’s set to lead a team in the Pop Versus Jock charity basketball event. Scheduled for Sept. 22, the game pits musicians against students from Montreal’s McGill University.
This year’s lineup boasts an impressively indie vibe, with Butler taking the court alongside Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, and David Byrne scheduled to perform at halftime. The game is part of the Pop Montreal festival, which will include performances by Grizzly Bear, Dirty Three and others.
On the musical front, it’s been a relatively busy year for Butler’s band — although the Arcade Fire haven’t released an album of new material since 2010′s Grammy and Juno-winning ‘The Suburbs,’ they appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’ as Mick Jagger‘s backing band, and contributed a pair of songs to the soundtrack of ‘The Hunger Games.’ No word on when the next record will arrive, but here’s hoping Butler doesn’t sustain any injuries on the court to slow down the process.