Arcade Fire

Indie went mainstream – big time – this year when Merge recording artists Arcade Fire’s third album, the sprawling Suburbs, hit number one on the Billboard charts in its first week out. Arcade Fire is now the big band with the big sound that truly made it big – The Suburbs isn’t as good as their 2004 debut, Funeral, but it’s warmer and more affecting – it’s easy to see its emotional mass appeal. It remains to be seen whether a major-label deal will follow, but they’ve definitely outgrown the local venues they’ve previously played (Showbox SoDo, UW’s Hec Ed). Dealing with the multi-level tiers and crowds at KeyArena can be overwhelming, but there doesn’t seem to be any containing the Arcade Fire phenomenon (and it’s too cold for the Gorge). Opening will be Tucson’s Calexico, who probably never dreamed they’d be playing for a Bieber-caliber audience. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Wed., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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