Arcade Fire Debuts New Music, Recruits Celebrity Friends For ‘snl,’ Concert Special (video)

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Music cruises promise access, good times Amber Nolan 12:59 a.m. EDT September 28, 2013 The Groove Cruise is called the ‘world’s largest fully charted dance-music cruise.’ Groove Cruise The Groove Cruise includes private beach concerts and pool parties. Groove Cruise Themed cruises draw together crowds of strangers who have a ready connection with each other. Groove Cruise Depending on the artists gathered, themed music cruises can have vibes ranging from a Vegas nightclub to a jazz lounge or speakeasy. Groove Cruise Unlike other cruises, on which R&R is tantamount, themed music cruises invite passengers to an adrenaline-packed atmosphere. Groove Cruise Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay Depending on the artists gathered, themed music cruises can have vibes ranging from a Vegas nightclub to a jazz lounge or speakeasy. (Photo: Groove Cruise) SHARE 4 CONNECT 44 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE Music cruises have been gaining in popularity, allowing travelers to watch their favorite musicians live on stage while being transported to tropical islands or other exotic cruise destinations. In many cases, these voyages don’t involve a single band or musician but are all-out music festivals at sea that promise fun and mayhem. Two major companies, Sixthman and Entertainment Cruise Productions, have been key players in this travel movement, but others are chartering ships (and selling out the voyages) on major cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and NCL. Making friends with thousands of strangers on a cruise ship is easy when you already have something in common: you all love the same type of music. Past cruises have included John Mayer, 311, Pepper, Rick Springfield, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hootie and the Blowfish, Colbie Caillat, Shinedown, Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down, Train, Zac Brown Band, Barenaked Ladies, Guster, and dozens of other artists. Here are several upcoming musical cruises that feature seriously large names in jazz, bluegrass, rock, pop, country, and more on some of the industry’s most well-known vessels. Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise Like him or hate him, one thing is for sure: Kid Rock knows how to party, and so do his fans. In March 2014, Kid Rock’s 5th Annual “Chillin’ the Most Cruise” departs on Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Key West for some craziness on Bourbon Street, as well as the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas. The beaches of Great Stirrup Cay will be transformed into a “redneck paradise,” so crack those PBR’s open and get ready for let loose. If four nights onboard aren’t enough, there is also an option to book the “pre-cruise party” and stay an extra night onboard before the main events get underway.

Prior to the band’s two-song set on SNL, the Canadians appeared in a sketch that also served to help acquaint viewers with the new castmembers of the show. In “New Cast Member or Arcade Fire,” host Tina Fey had to choose which of the two people before her was a member of the band and which was a new member of the show. Butler was paired with Mike O’Brien, both of whom were required to do their best Robert De Niro impressions. Meanwhile, Chassagne popped up alongside Noel Wells, forced to hold “old-timey instruments” to assist Fey in her choice. But after the cast said their goodbyes for the night, the indie rock royalty was just getting warmed up. A Win-led conga line helped segue into “Here Comes the Night Time.” Part performance and part cameo-fest, the set featured three new songs from Reflektor, along with visits from several high-profile folks, presumably fans of the band. Performing from the glitzy Salsatheque in Montreal, Arcade Fire went all-out ’70s during the set, matching the disco aesthetic Murphy crafted in LCD Soundsystem. “Here Comes the Night Time” is another longer tune out of Reflektor, a slower dirth of a song at first that breaks into rapid-fire drums and guitar before slowing yet again, pulsating synths abounding. The other two songs performed, “We Exist” and “Normal Person,” fit snugly into the Reflektorfeel set forth thus far. The former has a synthline almost reminiscent of “Billie Jean,” while the latter asks the question, “I think I’m cool enough, but am I cruel enough?” before breaking into a jarring cacophony of instrumentation. Throughout, a number of celebrity guests made appearances ranging from brief to always there, the latter the case of Rainn Wilson, who’s all over “Normal Person.” Michael Cera plays the bartender at Salsatheque, referring to Arcade Fire as “tiny bananas” compared to, say, Michael Buble. Here’s Bill Hader and Zach Galifianakis, playing astronauts listening to the concert from space.

Music review: Billy Currington goes country and beyond at the Fillmore

The Georgia-born singer likes to start off country but emphatically refuses to stay there. ( Josh Sisk / For The Washington Post ) – Billy Currington ranged as far afield as The Jeffersons theme song and Robin Thickes Blurred Lines. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas By the close of his 80-minute set at the Fillmore on Friday night, Currington and his versatile, energetic quintet had unearthed the Jeffersons TV theme song Movin On Up and, with stabs at Robin Thickes Blurred Lines and Daft Punks Get Lucky , turned the Silver Spring rock hall into a beat-heavy nightclub. Which is hardly to say that he held back the hard stuff. After opening with the happy-go-lucky I Got a Feelin , Currington dug into the honky-tonk rockers I Wanna Be a Hillbilly and Thats How Country Boys Roll . The traditional-sounding country-western ballad Pretty Good at Drinkin Beer and the mid-tempo Love Done Gone , with its charming Neil Diamondesque ba-bada singalong hook, lifted spirits even higher. It was at this point that Currington introduced the audience to his real-live chocolate labrador retriever, Paco the honorary subject of the mock-misogynistic Like My Dog (He dont get mad at me and throw a major fit / When I say his sister is a bitch / I want you to love me like my dog does, baby / When I come home, want you to just go crazy). Currington escaped the doghouse with a pair of heartfelt ballads: Let Me Down Easy and Dont. Indeed its easy to picture Currington having attempted to rise up the ranks of modern R&B singers. Occasionally, though, Curringtons expansive range led him too far afield. The slick pulsating pop of Hey Girl and We Are Tonight (the title track of his recently dropped new album) sounded forced and flat on Friday. Yet no matter how strenuously he stretches his repertoire, Currington remains centered in songs like Good Directions and People Are Crazy , the latter a worthy contribution to county musics corpus of wisdom literature: God is great, beer is good and people are crazy. Galupo is a freelance writer.