Live photos and review: Arcade Fire dazzles at MSG

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  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

  • Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

Anyone with any doubts about how the new Arcade Fire songs would work live—The Suburbs being a comparatively subdued, reflective record—had 'em swiftly washed away at last night's MSG show. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that when the band opened up with a driving, aggro "Ready to Start," we kinda just wished they'd play the whole album straight through, until they played "Laika" (then it switched to Funeral), and followed that with No Cars Go" (then we wanted Neon Bible). Win Butler looked like he'd just stepped out of This Is England, while Regine Chassagne was resplendent in silver sequins; Owen Pallett joined Sarah Neufeld on strings. There was crashing and smashing galore (Richard Parry and Will Butler), righteous finger-pointing and fist-pumping (from the crowd), and no shortage of swoonsome moments in the set list, "Crown of Love" being a particular hightlight. What a joy to have 'em back.

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