The Montreal band has proven that emotionally apocalyptic indie rock can be as grand as U2 without losing any of its chaotic intensity. They’ve barely played live since owning the 2011 Grammy Awards, and they have a new album nearly in the can (due late October), which may include music produced with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. This, plus word on a secret Montreal hometown show last winter, suggests their shows may be even more of a communal dance party than usual.
Showstopper: Usually the glorious “whoa-oh-oh-oh” emo-glam-rock singalong of “Wake Up,” from their 2004 debut Funeral.
New Immortals: Arcade Fire