The last artist to win both the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the Canadian Juno Award for Album of the Year was Alanis Morissette, who won the twin North American honors for 1995s Jagged Little Pill. This puts Montreal band Arcade Fire and their record The Suburbs in strange company. Beyond their country of origin, the two records say unique things about their time and place. Morissettes record, released on Maverick/Reprise a combination of giant promotional focus, earned its marks at a time when the industry was riding a high wave. The Suburbs, on the other hand, comes at a time when the industry couldnt be more in the dumps. While the downturn may make for a lot of execs having to slice up their expense cards, it makes for interesting Grammys. Arcade Fires label, Merge Records, was started by Superchunk members Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan back in 1989, and has remained a DIY institution ever since. Arcade Fire, with their mix of Talking Heads nerve and Springsteen stadium rock, seemed destined to be a big band, but few could have predicted the massive success the band would achieve, record industry be damned. And, yes, this show has been sold out for awhile, but we had to tell you a little about it anyway.
Wed., April 13, 7:30 p.m., 2011