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Arcade Fire Matching Donations To Haiti Charity For The Holidays

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Arcade Fire Haiti Donations

If you're trying to think of a good gift this year, the Arcade Fire is recommending giving their money to Haiti!

The band, who won a Grammy last year for Album of the Year, is matching any donations to Kanpe, a charity dedicated to helping Haiti's most "vulnerable populations in their fight for a better future."

Frontman Win Butler announced the fundraiser on the band's website, writing:

"If you are having a hard time deciding what to get your friends and family for gifts this year, give them our money! For any donation you make to Kanpe this holiday season, the band will match it. We will also send a nifty little post card, signed by Regine and I, to put under the tree, or wherever you put your gifts (it’s not our business). For any silicone valley jerks who might try to bankrupt us, let’s put the upper limit at 300,000$… Have a great holiday!"

We're sure every little bit helps and what Arcade Fire fan wouldn't want a personal post card from their favorite band?

Click here to donate and here to learn more about the cause you'll be helping!

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ASkars Is RED HOT In New Interview Spread

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Scalding!!! He's never looked better EVER!

Alexander Skarsgard is this month's SMOKESHOW for Interview Magazine. While we paid more attention to the smoldering shots in the spread he did, courtesy of Steven Klein, we also found some of the tidbits he shared in his interview with Aracde Fire’s Win Butler quite interesting.

Check out some HIGHlights below:

Wanting diversity in his roles: “I do get a lot of scripts sent to me where they basically want me to play Eric from True Blood, but just a different name in a different movie. That’s not interesting to me. I don’t want to play a character that I’ve played for four years on a television show, change the name, and make him a zombie instead of a vampire.”

How he connects with the characters he plays: “In a weird way, I always play myself, just through different mirrors. If I read a script and I don’t connect with a character, if I can’t find the character on the page in my soul, then I’m not going to be able to do a good job.”

What types of roles he wants to play: “There’s got to be something new, something fresh. I want to almost be intimidated when I embark on a journey. I wouldn’t say there’s a fear, but I do get slightly nervous in the beginning when that happens, and I like that feeling. That triggers me a lot.”

Spoken like a true artist.

Wonder what aspects of himself he brings to Vampire Eric. Hopefully it's his glorious need to be nekkid all the time. Mmm!!!

Check out more hot shots of ASkars from the article in the spread (below).

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Arcade Fire To Re-Release The Suburbs!

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Nice!

Maybe now all the people that obnoxiously asked "Who are they?" when they won the Grammy will give them an actual listen now! Ha!

Indie faves Arcade Fire have announced that their award-winning 2010 album, The Suburbs, will be re-released on June 27th, with two new tracks called Speaking Tongues and Culture War, as well as a bonus DVD featuring a short film and a 'making of' documentary!

Hopefully this new material will hold us over until they're ready to release another album in a year or two!

Probably not, but hey! We'll be patient!

Looking forward to this one, guys!

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Oops! Arcade Fire Performance In Haiti ALMOST Becomes A Biohazard!

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Last month, we were SO pleased and impressed with the Arcade Fire, who performed an intimate, surprise show for fans in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti after raising $1 million for post-earthquake relief for the country.

We're still very happy with them, although it sounds like they had a bit of a mishap when frontman Win Butler tried to create a makeshift drum right before a performance at a refugee camp in Haiti.

Here's what he had to say about it:

"I spotted two red plastic wastebaskets just inside the clinic gates. One was mostly empty, so I dumped it out into the other one and brought it over. I thumped it experimentally. Sounded fine. I handed it to Jeremy. He thumped it. Sounded fine."

Butler went on to admit that that the wastebasket was labeled "Biohazard Medical Waste," and he immediately returned it to where it belongs.

More from Butler regarding the aftermath of his mistake:

"…That's why hand sanitizer is so exciting."

We're just glad everything seems to be okay!

Let that be a warning to everyone! When creating makeshift drums, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS check for BIOHAZARD labels!

LOLz.

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Arcade Fire Performs Surprise Show In Haiti!

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What an unbelievable gesture! This band deserves all the accolades they've received this year!

Arcade Fire performed an intimate, surprise show for fans in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday night, on top of raising over $1 million for post-earthquake relief for the devastated country!

Sources claim the band, whose singer, Régine Chassagne, is the daughter of Haitian immigrants, performed their own hits Keep the Car Running, Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), and Haiti, as well as covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, and Cyndi Lauper tracks!

Truly amazing! We're sure this meant the WORLD to not only their fans down there, but the entire community!

You guys should be EXTREMELY proud of all of your efforts! We certainly are!

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Arcade Fire's Winning Streak Continues, Dominates Canada's Juno Awards

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Arcade Fire aren't only rockin' the suburbs…they're rockin' the world!

Back in February, we were excited to report that Arcade Fire won record of the year at the Grammys for The Suburbs.

Now, their winning streak continues at Canada's Juno Awards, where they've dominated the competition by winning album of the year for The Suburbs, as well as group of the year!

They also won the awards for best alternative album of the year AND songwriter of the year.

Very impressive, Arcade Fire! It's been all uphill ever since Spike Jonze put your song Wake Up in the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are. Ha!

Do U think Arcade Fire deserves all the praise they're receiving for The Suburbs? What album do U think was the best of 2010?

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RiRi And Drake Performing At The Grammy’s!!

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So FAB!

The Grammy Committee has confirmed that both Rihanna and Drake will be performing Rihanna’s hit single What’s My Name together for the first time!

They’ll be sharing the stage with an already fantastic list of performers, including the Arcade Fire, Eminem, and Lady Gaga!

Not to mention Cee Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow!!

We can't wait! More Grammy announcements to come!

What do U think about all these performers?!

P.S. - Rihanna's music video S&M, featuring Perez, made it to number one on MTV's The Seven if you hadn't heard!! Ch-ch-check it out!

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