#AlternativeFacts Podcast: How Arcade Fire Got a No. 1 Song, Why Pinegrove's Pitchfork Set Ruled

Arcade Fire
Guy Aroch

Arcade Fire

Happy midsummer! Festival season is in full swing and the race for 2017 Song of the Summer is starting to look like a breakaway sprint. But over in the alt world, we’ve got plenty of up-and-comers and next big things to introduce -- even some one-time up-and-comers who are onto late-career chart breakthroughs. 

There’s Arcade Fire, the critically acclaimed, Album of the Year Grammy winners, whose “Everything Now” just became their first No. 1 song. The Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart, which tracks what’s commonly known as Triple-A radio, has been a haven for Arcade Fire and other 2000s indie standbys, like the National and Grizzly Bear

“I was looking middle of last week, and National and Arcade Fire were literally tied for number one,” says Billboard charts manager Kevin Rutherford. “Oh man, there’s a 2007 fist fight going on here!”

Kevin joined us on this week’s #AlternativeFacts to discuss this and a bunch of other topics: what Paramore’s next radio move will be now that “Hard Times” appears to have run its course, how St. Vincent could make a splash on radio for the first time, and what upstart band from Michigan might be the next big hard rock act. 

Music editor Jason Lipshutz also stops by the ‘cast to tell tales of Pitchfork Music Festival, which he just attended for the tenth time. He spoke on great sets from Solange, Mitski, Angel Olsen, and an already-legendary performance from cathartic New Jersey indie rockers Pinegrove. Someone may or may not have held up his Cardinal vinyl from inside the mosh pit. 

“Their crowd is always really into it," says Liphsutz. "They have this devoted fan base that knows every word to every song… I call them ‘shout circles’ - there’d be like ten guys shouting at each other and jumping up and down.” 

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