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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Arcade Fire at the Consol Energy Center

Why you should go: It’s been a decade since the Grammy Award-winning Arcade Fire has played in Pittsburgh and that was before their big break when they were just an opening act for fellow Montrealer rock band, The Unicorns. Four lauded albums later, they are playing one of the Burgh’s biggest venues, the Consol Energy Center.

Arcade Fire is comprised of six musicians led by the husband-and-wife duo Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. Chassagne’s parents immigrated to Canada from Haiti before the chanteuse was born, but the band has relied heavily on her roots for creative inspiration, particularly on their critically acclaimed fourth album, Reflektor, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in October of last year.The two-part record frequently leans on Caribbean rhythms and percussion.

Also, on this album, the audience finds Arcade Fire exploring what it means to have entered the rock n’ roll establishment while simultaneously reveling in the fruits of their labors.The influence of James Murphy, the record’s producer and former leader of the punk-disco band LCD Soundsystem, is apparent in the longer, more dance-oriented tracks.

The sextet comes to the Steel City near the start of a five-month tour supporting Reflektor.The concert is rumored to be a more elaborate spectacle than the band has ever ventured before, featuring costumes that hint at the bands French Creole influences and mirrored set pieces. Additionally, the band has requested that audience members come dressed either in formalwear or in costume.

Richard Reed Parry, one of the band's multi-instrumentalists told the Post-Gazette: "We're trying to make a show that feels like an event, that's fun, that people want to be at and participate in."

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