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Ignite the night!

Oh what a night at the Opera! Arcade44’s FAT was on the scene at the grand opening of W Paris Opera. La vie burlesque, beautiful, baroque…

Ignite the night!

Oh what a night at the Opera! Arcade44’s FAT was on the scene at the grand opening of W Paris Opera. La vie burlesque, beautiful, baroque…


BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Wild Belle
We were so taken by the brother/sister duo that is Wild Belle. As if their music, wonderfully mellow and sultry, wasn’t enough, the siblings are also outrageously charming. We met up with Wild Belle on the porch of the Moonshine Cafe. The two musicians sat back in rocking chairs, perched perfectly in the sun. We talked about inspiration and how the two got their start singing in Church at a young age. Far from prim and proper church tunes, Wild Belle’s reggae/soul fusion could make the most rigid audiences move their bodies. We also talked SXSW crushes, causing Natalie Bergman to blush as she told us about a certain drummer she had noticed…but don’t worry Natalie, your secret is safe with us.
To watch the exclusive head over to the Arcade! 
- Annick Mayer


BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Wild Belle


We were so taken by the brother/sister duo that is Wild Belle. As if their music, wonderfully mellow and sultry, wasn’t enough, the siblings are also outrageously charming. We met up with Wild Belle on the porch of the Moonshine Cafe. The two musicians sat back in rocking chairs, perched perfectly in the sun. We talked about inspiration and how the two got their start singing in Church at a young age. Far from prim and proper church tunes, Wild Belle’s reggae/soul fusion could make the most rigid audiences move their bodies. We also talked SXSW crushes, causing Natalie Bergman to blush as she told us about a certain drummer she had noticed…but don’t worry Natalie, your secret is safe with us.

To watch the exclusive head over to the Arcade

- Annick Mayer

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Wild Belle
We were so taken by the brother/sister duo that is Wild Belle. As if their music, wonderfully mellow and sultry, wasn’t enough, the siblings are also outrageously charming. We met up with Wild Belle on the porch of the Moonshine Cafe. The two musicians sat back in rocking chairs, perched perfectly in the sun. We talked about inspiration and how the two got their start singing in Church at a young age. Far from prim and proper church tunes, Wild Belle’s reggae/soul fusion could make the most rigid audiences move their bodies. We also talked SXSW crushes, causing Natalie Bergman to blush as she told us about a certain drummer she had noticed…but don’t worry Natalie, your secret is safe with us.
To watch the exclusive head over to the Arcade! 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Wild Belle


We were so taken by the brother/sister duo that is Wild Belle. As if their music, wonderfully mellow and sultry, wasn’t enough, the siblings are also outrageously charming. We met up with Wild Belle on the porch of the Moonshine Cafe. The two musicians sat back in rocking chairs, perched perfectly in the sun. We talked about inspiration and how the two got their start singing in Church at a young age. Far from prim and proper church tunes, Wild Belle’s reggae/soul fusion could make the most rigid audiences move their bodies. We also talked SXSW crushes, causing Natalie Bergman to blush as she told us about a certain drummer she had noticed…but don’t worry Natalie, your secret is safe with us.

To watch the exclusive head over to the Arcade

We love Grimes so much, its a little too much. 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Chet Faker

We had such a great time hanging with Chet Faker on the W Austin’s roof deck. The Australian soul singer was nothing short of a gentleman and was probably one of the most down to earth dudes we have ever met. We talked about the idea of “hype” and he admitted to us how much the whole “buzz” thing kind of put him off. He said that he would rather build a solid audience slowly, then be a “buzz band,” only to die out quickly. Chet Faker is in it for the long haul. It was a perfect sunny day when we caught Chet Faker’s set. Playing on an outdoor stage, Chet Faker had the entire crowd jamming to his amazing cover of “No Diggity.” He told us how he recorded that cover in his own bedroom. The vocals are soft and almost hushed, which he admitted was in part because he was trying to record quietly so as to not disturb his roommate. Whatever he did, it worked. No doubt, we are loving Chet Faker.
Head over to Arcade44 to watch the video!
- Annick Mayer 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Chet Faker

We had such a great time hanging with Chet Faker on the W Austin’s roof deck. The Australian soul singer was nothing short of a gentleman and was probably one of the most down to earth dudes we have ever met. We talked about the idea of “hype” and he admitted to us how much the whole “buzz” thing kind of put him off. He said that he would rather build a solid audience slowly, then be a “buzz band,” only to die out quickly. Chet Faker is in it for the long haul. It was a perfect sunny day when we caught Chet Faker’s set. Playing on an outdoor stage, Chet Faker had the entire crowd jamming to his amazing cover of “No Diggity.” He told us how he recorded that cover in his own bedroom. The vocals are soft and almost hushed, which he admitted was in part because he was trying to record quietly so as to not disturb his roommate. Whatever he did, it worked. No doubt, we are loving Chet Faker.

Head over to Arcade44 to watch the video!

- Annick Mayer 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Chet Faker

We had such a great time hanging with Chet Faker on the W Austin’s roof deck. The Australian soul singer was nothing short of a gentleman and was probably one of the most down to earth dudes we have ever met. We talked about the idea of “hype” and he admitted to us how much the whole idea of “buzz” kind of put him off. He said that he would rather build a solid audience slowly, then be a “buzz band,” only to die out quickly. Chet Faker is in it for the long haul. It was a perfect sunny day when we caught Chet Faker’s set. Playing on an outdoor stage, Chet Faker had the entire crowd jamming to his amazing cover of “No Diggity.” He told us how he recorded that cover in his own bedroom. The vocals are soft and almost hushed, which he admitted was in part because he was trying to record quietly so as to not disturb his roommate. Whatever he did, it worked. No doubt, we are loving Chet Faker.
Head over to Arcade44 to watch the video!
- Annick Mayer 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Chet Faker

We had such a great time hanging with Chet Faker on the W Austin’s roof deck. The Australian soul singer was nothing short of a gentleman and was probably one of the most down to earth dudes we have ever met. We talked about the idea of “hype” and he admitted to us how much the whole idea of “buzz” kind of put him off. He said that he would rather build a solid audience slowly, then be a “buzz band,” only to die out quickly. Chet Faker is in it for the long haul. It was a perfect sunny day when we caught Chet Faker’s set. Playing on an outdoor stage, Chet Faker had the entire crowd jamming to his amazing cover of “No Diggity.” He told us how he recorded that cover in his own bedroom. The vocals are soft and almost hushed, which he admitted was in part because he was trying to record quietly so as to not disturb his roommate. Whatever he did, it worked. No doubt, we are loving Chet Faker.

Head over to Arcade44 to watch the video!

- Annick Mayer 

This could not be more appropriate for a beautiful Friday afternoon!  Amadou & Mariam are releasing a new record, Folila, on April 10. Today they released a video for the track “Wily Kataso”, which is a collaboration with Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio. WE ARE LOVING IT

Last night the Arcade hit up SOB’s in the West Village to check out the record release party for South Africa’s Spoek Mathambo. The openers, like CHLLNGR, were killing it. Once Spoek graced the stage the audience had no choice but to hit the dance floor hard. Spoek’s new album, Father Creeper, is out on Sub Pop. For more on Spoek Mathambo head over here.  

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Hooray for Earth 
Not sure if we can convey how much we love this band. First of all, both the videographer (Taylor) and interviewer (Annick, aka myself..hi!) are both from Massachusetts. So, naturally we had A LOT to talk about and poke some good old fashioned fun at, with Noel from Hooray for Earth. We talked about shitty jobs we all had around Boston. Noel told us how he used to work at Marty’s (please insert Boston accent here) making sandwiches for college Bros and Allston hipsters alike. In an amazing “stick it to your boss” story, Noel told us that when he first started getting press for Hooray for Earth, he would schedule the interviews at Marty’s, answering the questions mid sandwich making. Amazing. Also rad, the guy that you see handing Noel a Bloody Mary in the video is none other than Noel’s cousin, who of course, was also an awesome gentleman. We ended the interview on a real high note, talking about Noel’s recent marriage to Jessica Zambri, from the amazing band appropriately named Zambri. Great vibes all around. We said it before and we will say it again, hooray for Hooray for Earth!
Watch the full video here!
- Annick Mayer 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: Hooray for Earth 

Not sure if we can convey how much we love this band. First of all, both the videographer (Taylor) and interviewer (Annick, aka myself..hi!) are both from Massachusetts. So, naturally we had A LOT to talk about and poke some good old fashioned fun at, with Noel from Hooray for Earth. We talked about shitty jobs we all had around Boston. Noel told us how he used to work at Marty’s (please insert Boston accent here) making sandwiches for college Bros and Allston hipsters alike. In an amazing “stick it to your boss” story, Noel told us that when he first started getting press for Hooray for Earth, he would schedule the interviews at Marty’s, answering the questions mid sandwich making. Amazing. Also rad, the guy that you see handing Noel a Bloody Mary in the video is none other than Noel’s cousin, who of course, was also an awesome gentleman. We ended the interview on a real high note, talking about Noel’s recent marriage to Jessica Zambri, from the amazing band appropriately named Zambri. Great vibes all around. We said it before and we will say it again, hooray for Hooray for Earth!

Watch the full video here!

- Annick Mayer 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: FIDLAR 
We met up with the boys of FIDLAR in the early afternoon mid SXSW. We were asked to hold the interview at the boys’ hotel room. We entered the room slowly, a little apprehensive about what FIDLAR’s hotel room would look like after a few days at SXSW. The room was surprisingly in some sort of order, but half the boys were missing. A few minutes later they all strolled in and we were ready to go. Examining the hotel couch with clothes strewn all around it, and a lame print hanging in the background, we looked around the room looking for a more comfortable spot. This was the point when all four boys crawled into bed, clearly the most comfortable piece of furniture in the room. The cameras started rolling and we had a pretty hard time not cracking up to the things that came out of FIDLAR’s mouth. Favorite quote of the interview… that their music sounded like “Bukowski Punk.” Nuff said. 
Later that night we hiked over to the FARRR East Side to the WNYU showcase, where FIDLAR was playing. There were 40’s and youngins aplenty. Luckily we made it out alive and well to tell the tale. 
For the bed-side interview, head on over to Arcade44
- Annick Mayer

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH: FIDLAR

We met up with the boys of FIDLAR in the early afternoon mid SXSW. We were asked to hold the interview at the boys’ hotel room. We entered the room slowly, a little apprehensive about what FIDLAR’s hotel room would look like after a few days at SXSW. The room was surprisingly in some sort of order, but half the boys were missing. A few minutes later they all strolled in and we were ready to go. Examining the hotel couch with clothes strewn all around it, and a lame print hanging in the background, we looked around the room looking for a more comfortable spot. This was the point when all four boys crawled into bed, clearly the most comfortable piece of furniture in the room. The cameras started rolling and we had a pretty hard time not cracking up to the things that came out of FIDLAR’s mouth. Favorite quote of the interview… that their music sounded like “Bukowski Punk.” Nuff said. 

Later that night we hiked over to the FARRR East Side to the WNYU showcase, where FIDLAR was playing. There were 40’s and youngins aplenty. Luckily we made it out alive and well to tell the tale. 

For the bed-side interview, head on over to Arcade44

- Annick Mayer