Arcade Fire’s Win Butler is DJing tonight at Rock & Roll Hotel

And he 's going by the moniker of Dj Windows 98, because of course. Rumination on a past that glitters but isn't gold occupies a significant portion of Arcade Fire's discography ("And all of the houses they built in the seventies finally fall / Meant nothin' at all, Meant nothin' at all," Butler sings on "The Suburbs"). So does digital-age angst: Butler name-checks chess master Garry Kasparov's 1996 loss to an IBM supercomputer on "Deep Blue."

Windows 98 is a perfect source for a mood-setting pseudonym that takes a jab one of the biggest swings-and-misses of the digital age. Windows 95? Transformative, a landmark adaptation for mainstream computing. And DJ MS-DOS is already taken, apparently. Windows 98 is the New Coke of operating systems.


LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park on July 3, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Dj Windows 98 will take to the booth around midnight on the Rock & Roll Hotel's second floor, before Arcade Fire plays the Verizon Center Sunday night with Dan Deacon and Antibalas.

Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. Free.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.
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