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With six permanent members and sometimes more for live performances, Canadian outfit Arcade Fire quickly garnered attention for using as many types of instruments as there were people onstage. Combined with poetic lyrics and uber-creative stage antics, music videos and marketing campaigns, the band’s catalog has been classified as art-rock since its 2004 debut ‘Funeral.’ Indie-rock fans were quick to catch on, readily latching on to the album, which managed to make ruminating on mortality feel new again as a musical concept. The album earned the band some serious indie cred, a Grammy nomination and a later-in-life hit in ‘Wake Up.’ Fronted by husband-and-wife duo Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, the Montreal-based act maintained its indie-darling status with its 2007 sophomore effort, ‘Neon Bible.’ However, it wasn’t until they caught the world by surprise by winning the Grammy for Album of the Year for 2010’s ‘The Suburbs’ that Arcade Fire became household names. Their fame paved the way for their fourth full-length, ‘Reflektor,’ allowing for a massive marketing campaign leading up to the album’s release and larger-than-life performance art-esque live shows that they’ve now become known for.

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Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Joins Future Islands Onstage in Montreal

During this summer's 'Reflektour,' Arcade Fire made a point to play a cover of an artist from whichever city they were in that night, but now that they're back home in Montreal, frontman Win Butler wasted little time in demonstrating who's king of his own scene.

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Arcade Fire End Final ‘Reflektor’ Concert with Wolf Parade Cover

Not surprisingly, Arcade Fire wrapped up the final show of their 74 night worldwide 'Reflektor' tour with a cover song honoring a local indie rock band.

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Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples Wrap Up Two Night Stop In Chicago

At a recent two-night stop at Chicago's United Center, Arcade Fire paid homage to a whole lotta soul.

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‘Pop vs. Jock’ Charity Basketball Game to Feature Members of Arcade Fire, the Strokes + Bon Iver

Now a regular part of the annual Pop Montreal Festival, the 'Pop vs. Jock' charity basketball game has featured many popular musicians over the last couple of years.

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Arcade Fire Cover Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love’ in Chicago

While in the Windy City, Arcade Fire covered one of the greatest bluesmen of all time.

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David Byrne Helps Arcade Fire Cover Suicide’s ‘Dream Baby Dream’

At their third and final show in Brooklyn, Arcade Fire pulled out all the stops and invited the Talking Heads frontman to the stage to help with their encore.

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Arcade Fire and the Unicorns Bring High-Energy Show to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

Playing for two hours and covering around 20 songs that spanned their decade-wide catalog, the Brooklyn concert felt like a constant party.

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Marky Ramone Joins Arcade Fire On-Stage for Two Ramones Covers

With the help of Marky Ramone, Arcade Fire covered 'I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement' and 'I Wanna Be Sedated' at their recent New York show.

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Watch Arcade Fire Cover Buster Poindexter’s ‘Hot Hot Hot’ in New York City

By now, even the most casual Arcade Fire fan knows that the band has turned into a cover song machine.

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Watch Arcade Fire Cover the Pixies’ ‘Alec Eiffel’

You don't need an itinerary to keep up with Arcade Fire's Reflektor tour -- you can figure out where the band is just by noting which cover song they played the night before.

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