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Arcade Fire and Spoon Bring Indie Rock To Alpharetta’s Verizon Amphitheatre

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire, the Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist indie rock band, played an energetic concert Wednesday night in Alpharetta in support of their newly released third studio album, The Suburbs. The large crowd at Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park was on their feet for most of the evening, singing loudly to each song. Another popular indie band, Portland, Oregon-based Spoon, opened the show.

Fronted by the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Arcade Fire uniquely mixes the sounds of guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy. The band takes most of their instruments on tour, and the multi-instrumentalist band members switch instrumental duties throughout their shows. Arcade Fire have won numerous awards, including both the Meteors 2008 Best International Album award and the Juno Awards 2008 Alternative Album of the Year award for Neon Bible. It has also been nominated for the Best Alternative Music Album Grammy in 2005 for Funeral and in 2008 for Neon Bible.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the show with his camera. Arcade Fire allowed the first three songs of their set to be photographed: “Ready To Start”, “Neighborhood #2 (Laika)” and “No Cars Go.”


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Tell us what you thought of the show. How has Arcade Fire progressed over the past several years since playing the Variety Playhouse and the Civic Center in 2007?

(Photo Credit: Matt Alexandre/  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries.

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jeffrey landers

August 12th, 2010
5:13 am

Saw them at Lollapalooza on Sunday night. They are the most intelligent and original band touring right now. Their new cd “The Suburbs” is a complete masterpiece!

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August 12th, 2010
8:24 am

it would help if the journalist got his song titles right….it’s No Cars Go, NOT Go Car Go……sheesh


August 12th, 2010
8:25 am

Saw them years ago(right before Funeral) at the Echolounge open for Sufjan Stevens…great show. They were great then, and as a band they still excite me with each record.

Jim Tiller

August 12th, 2010
8:44 am

I have been practically obsessed with their music since I first saw them three years ago at the Civic Center with The National, and although the venues/acoustics were very different, last night’s performance was just as stellar. I only have two complaints about the show (they’re “good” ones): I wasn’t in the first row, and they didn’t play longer. It’s the kind of show that starts and you’re so into it that an hour flies by in what seems like a minute. I could have stayed right there for a couple more hours without flinching.

After Funeral and Neon Bible, the bar was set pretty high for the third album, but they pulled it off. Despite the cliche, the first poster is right: The Suburbs, along with the first two albums, is a masterpiece on the whole.


August 12th, 2010
8:45 am

Ironic that they played in Alpharetta given that their latest albums “Suburbs” is not so kind to such places. Great show by a great band.


August 12th, 2010
9:06 am

“No Cars Go”

less AOR moar Chillwaves!

August 12th, 2010
9:25 am

no way was last nights show as good as the civic centers. i won’t stand to hear such blasphemy. Civic center show was way better for a multitude of reasons.


August 12th, 2010
9:29 am

It was an amazing show. They were really great with the crowd. First time seeing them and I was blown away.


August 12th, 2010
9:45 am

Bobby . . . The Echolounge!! Man, I’d give anything to be able to see them in venue like that now!

Great show, though I was hoping to hear more tracks from the new album (and each of the other two albums for that matter), but still awesome. I’m almost 40, and I haven’t been as excited for a show as I was last night in . . . . forever!

Great band.


August 12th, 2010
9:46 am

It was a great show. I saw them in 05 at the playhouse and 07 at the civic center I think every time has been exceptional last night’s show included. they bring so much energy it just forces the crowd to enjoy themselves. The newer songs did not seem to get as much of the crowd dialed up as some of the old favorites can but I think they will grow. Loved “we used to wait” live i think that was my fav of the new songs.


August 12th, 2010
9:47 am

The show was as mediocre as their new album. I loved their first two albums, tried getting into “The Suburbs” but it wasn’t resonating with me like their releases. I thought maybe my opinion would change after seeing songs from “The Suburbs” live but I’m still not impressed. Funny, though, that I had to drive all the way out to the suburbs to see them.

Robb Cohen

August 12th, 2010
9:59 am

Sorry, Parker, I just updated the song titles above. Thanks for pointing that out!

Mann of Sandd

August 12th, 2010
10:07 am

It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been to a ton of concerts. Really impressed with the crowd as well….Atlanta doesn’t always know how to enjoy a good show.

Reserved seating

August 12th, 2010
10:08 am

Fun, energetic show by AF, though in my opinion the new album doesn’t quite match up to the first two. The band had some interesting visuals projected onto a smallish background screen, though it would’ve been nice had the large video screens been utilized. (My girlfriend was disappointed “Crown of Fire” didn’t make the setlist, and Spoon wasn’t as good as I expected, but no real complaints.)


August 12th, 2010
10:10 am

Great photos, Robb. You and your team capture Atlanta’s live music scene like few others can.


August 12th, 2010
10:21 am

i think it was the unicorns not sufjan at the echo lounge


August 12th, 2010
10:24 am

Great show, tho I’d much rather not see them in a shed, saw the
Civic Ctr show, would really love to see them at the Fox.


August 12th, 2010
10:38 am

That Echo Lounge show in 2004 was opening up for the Unicorns, not Sufjan.

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August 12th, 2010
11:09 am

Fantastic show – I’ve always enjoyed their music, but to see them live took them to the next level. They brought so much energy to the stage the entire show. I agree with Thumbs, I would love to see them at The Fox. Neighborhood #3>(Rebellion) Lies was AWESOME.


August 12th, 2010
11:22 am

Spoon would be much better at a smaller venue. Arcade Fire was great! The first time for me and I regret even further missing them at the Civic Center. Outdoor shows get too loud and mushy sound-wise, I think the Fox is the place to be for such a layered sound.

The last 30 minutes of the show was pretty friggin incredible! They definitely give their all to the audience.

billy shears

August 12th, 2010
11:38 am

i’d just like to say i paid $24 for 2 beers. tragedy. nice venue though. and yeah, the new songs aren’t as good live as the old ones. i was kinda laughing at the theatrics last night and i think they should get a huge log on stage with a 2 man saw for richard reed parry and wins brother and they can just saw all night long. i’ve grown tired of the two men beat a drum thing.


August 12th, 2010
12:12 pm

I’ve been a fan ever since I watched them on Austin City Limits a few years ago. The band is very refreshing and energetic and multi-tasking. I hope they come out with a DVD.


August 12th, 2010
6:19 pm

The have a DVD. It’s call “Mirror Noir”.

Show was great last bight, but the ‘07 Civic center show totally spoiled me.

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August 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

Audience enthusiasm for the headliner band pushed peak levels throughout their set, but was lagging, if not subdued for the opening act. Spoon’s frontman got little applause, when arriving on stage for a solo-acoustic introductory song, and, even on the floor, things didn’t get much livelier when the rest of the band took the stage. This may have been due to a lack of familiarity with Spoon, who doesn’t have a song on the Where The Wild Things Are Soundtrack, and tends more toward effects-driven, extended jams than The Arcade Fire’s more structured compositions. It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that Spoon didn’t play the signature song from their latest album, “Written In Reverse.” People like what they know, and the cool reception of an uninformed audience gave the band little motive to play their hearts out.


August 13th, 2010
7:14 pm

Im the girl with the glasses who prolly danced her ass off all night


August 16th, 2010
3:59 pm

not enuff pbr there.