GRAMMY WINNER: Indie rock band Arcade Fire, which took the award for album of the year at February’s Grammys, makes music with political and religious themes. PHOTO COURTESY OF BILLIONS

Anger and longing

When Arcade Fire won a Gram­my for album of the year in Feb­ruary, lead singer Win But­ler came to the podium clinging to his identity as one of the band geeks. "We're gonna go play another song because we like music"—just in case anyone had forgotten about the music after watching an awards show in which Lady Gaga emerged from an egg, a short-skirted Katy Perry swung from the ceiling and Gwyneth Paltrow danced in stilettos on a piano. Album-of-the-year Grammys typically go to big-name stars from Nashville, New York, L.A. or London, not quirky, vintage-store-clothed kids from Montreal.


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