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Album: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs (Sonovox)

If the dominant mood of their debut Funeral was one of celebration, and that of Neon Bible one of anxiety, then the prevailing tone of The Suburbs is of a more reflective, nostalgic bent – as if rumination upon the past might indeed offer a valid refuge from the uncertainties and worries of the present.

Spontaneous combustion: The return of Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire's first album catapulted the unconventional Canadian outfit into the rock stratosphere, drawing eulogies from Springsteen, Bowie, Byrne and more. Six years later, their third album is awaited with bated breath. Andy Gill sets the scene for the release of the year

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Arcade Fire, Hackney Empire, London

It's now three years since Neon Bible secured Arcade Fire's ascension to the ranks of those indie acts whose questing spirit is matched by commercial success, and not surprisingly there's a palpable sense of excited expectation buzzing around the Hackney Empire before tonight's one-off show. This is their only scheduled UK performance until festival appearances planned for late in August, so when the eight-piece band bounces animatedly onstage, brimful of energy as a hydro-electric dam, it's no surprise the audience greets them as conquering heroes, rising as one for a standing ovation before they've even played a note.

Album: Alcoholic Faith Mission, Let This Be the Last Night...(Pony)

This Brooklyn band seem as interested in the accidental creaks that sliding fingers make between forming guitar chords as the chords themselves, and presumably also delight in the moments when the signal from a mercilessly punished musical instrument goes into the red.

Basia Bulat, Underbelly, Hoxton, London

The Underbelly, a tiny pub venue cushioned by draping red velvet, makes a snug performance space. However, without a raised stage, and with constant bar chatter with which to contend, it is not the ideal spot for a solo acoustic performer.

A flip of the Coyne: The Flaming Lips singer and 'nicest man in rock' shows his dark, difficult side

While others have self-destructed or fallen by the wayside, psychedelic pop visionaries the Flaming Lips are still going strong after 25 years. Their frontman Wayne Coyne tells Craig McLean why, if his band stick to natural highs, toys and fancy-dress costumes, they'll never turn into 'assholes' like Arcade Fire

Broken Records, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

This wasn't an occasion for humility. "We just released our record the other month," says Broken Records' singer Jamie Sutherland hesitantly, perhaps hoping that one or two in the audience might decide to buy it. Instead, his band's hometown crowd cheers and applauds back at him, pleased to hear further evidence of their local heroes' success.

Album: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Up from Below, (Rough Trade)

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Album: Patrick Watson, Wooden Arms, (Secret City Records)

Winners – ahead of Arcade Fire, no less – of Canada's equivalent to the Mercury Prize, Patrick Watson (it's both a band and a person) follow up 2007's Close to Paradise with another crystal clear collection.

Album: The Maccabees, Wall of Arms, (Fiction)

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Arcade Fire - Energy to burn

An Arcade Fire tour is a celebrated but rare occurrence. While we eagerly await the Canadian indie-rock band's next UK appearance, a documentary of the band is being released on DVD on Monday, which shows live footage. The band made a documentary of the making and touring of their 2007 album Neon Bible. Miroir Noir, directed by the band's friend and collaborator Vincent Morisset and shot by Vincent Moon. The 70-minute film shows the band on the road, live onstage and at work in the studio. It also features short films made while they were touring. The film can also be downloaded at www.miroir-noir.com

Album: The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love (Capitol)

Sometimes, a good idea isn't quite enough. Always a fan of 1960s British folk-rock and prog, Decemberists songwriter Colin Meloy was inspired to create this concept album by hearing Anne Briggs's rare 1966 EP The Hazards Of Love.

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