OVER­RATED

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY CALENDAR - — Chris Bar­ton

Ar­cade Fire: With a third con­sec­u­tive No. 1 al­bum, this band’s a long way from the up­start days of its breath­tak­ing 2004 de­but, “Fu­neral.” The Bruce Spring­steen-ad­ja­cent 2011 al­bum “The Sub­urbs” dis­pensed with their un­der­dog sta­tus, but it’s hard to es­cape the feel­ing that each of the group’s records has yielded di­min­ish­ing re­turns, from the dour “Neon Bi­ble” to the overblown dance­rock of “Re­flek­tor.” Its lat­est, “Ev­ery­thing Now,” mixes ham-fisted cul­tural cri­tiques with chilly elec­trodisco moves that trans­form Ar­cade Fire’s strength — an an­themic, art-school earnest­ness — and flat­ten it into some­thing anony­mous.

Ev­ery brand a stream­ing

ser­vice: Oh, how cord­cut­ters cel­e­brated not so many years ago, re­duc­ing a ca­ble bill that could reach triple dig­its to the cost of a few cups of cof­fee per month with a few stream­ing sub­scrip­tions. Now ev­ery net­work wants in on that ac­tion with monthly charges for HBO, CBS and soon Dis­ney join­ing the op­tions as it an­nounced it will pull its movies from Net­flix to launch its own ser­vice while most stream­ing providers an­gle to be­come TV net­works. With so many ac­cess fees and ser­vices to track, it’s al­most enough to make one nostal­gic for pay­ing ca­ble com­pa­nies.

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