by Justin Trudell
Arcade Fire was born to headline Lollapalooza. After finally making the complete transition from cult indie rock darlings to stadium-filling hit-makers, the sprawling Canadian art rock collective has only grown more massive. Their new album Everything Now continues their assault on your stamina with tracks like “Creature Comfort” and “Everything Now,” which will fill the Lolla night sky with the pulsing beats and unrelenting emotion we’ve come to expect from them. They always deliver the goods, and few bands are more deserving of a headlining slot. Frontman Win Butler conducts the evening with a controlled chaos, bouncing around stage with an intensity and passion not seen from many, if any, current lead singers. Everything seems like it could unravel at any moment, from the flailing guitar riffs on “Wake Up” to the tranquility of “The Suburbs” to the hypnotic popping drumbeat of “Rebellion (Lies).” Expect heady smiles as far as the eye can see.