‘The Suburbs’ in the Cities

An Arcade Fire Concert Review

Indie rockers Arcade Fire kicked off their new tour in support of best selling album The Suburbs last night in St Paul to a packed house of hipsters. Granted, I have some personal bias (Arcade Fire is one of my favorites) but anyone can agree that their live show proved they are worthy of all of the critical acclaim and are on par to be the Springsteen or U2 of Gen-Y. While I would have liked to hear a few more songs from Neon Bible, they played a decent mix from all three of their stellar albums. Their show was high energy and the songs’ arrangements sounded lush, even in the often acoustically-challenge Roy Wilkins Auditorium. The eight members of the band switched up instruments throughout the set, always playing with intensity. But what I loved most is that every last member actually looked like they were having fun. We were too, AF.

Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire at Northrop in Minneapolis 9/23/2010

Setlist:

Ready to Start
No Cars Go
Haiti
Rococo
Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
Modern Man
Deep Blue
The Suburbs
Intervention
We Used to Wait
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Month of May
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Keep the Car Running
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) — Encore

Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire at Northrop in Minneapolis 9/23/2010

Suburban War –Encore
Wake Up — Encore

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