One of the most anticipated new releases of the year arrives on store shelves next Tuesday, August 2nd. Arcade Fire unleashes their third album The Suburbs. This Montreal band jumped onto the scene in 2004-5 with their amazing debut album Funeral. They also immediately impressed with high energy live shows. Their sets at the Austin City Limits festivals are two of the best festival sets I have ever seen. Their follow up album Neon Bible was strong but seemed a bit rushed.
Three years in the making, The Suburbs will hopefully be a more measured and layered album. Early reviews have been well received. The few songs I have heard have been good. Arcade Fire are also set to start a small, mostly East coast tour tomorrow in Montreal before heading off to Europe in late August. No Northwest dates have been announced yet. Until then, you can take advantage of a live webcast of their Madison Square Garden concert on Thursday, August 5th. Bookmark that link and pick up The Suburbs at your nearest independent record store on Tuesday!