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.
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.