Phoenix & Daft Punk At MSG 10/20/10

Last night’s Phoenix/Dirty Projectors/Wavves show at Madison Square Garden became an even bigger deal when Daft Punk joined the headliners during the encore. According to the Village Voice, they did “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and added extra synths and noise to “1901.” This was Daft Punk’s first live appearance in three years (except for a brief cameo during the Grammy Awards in 2008), and hopefully the first of many now that Tron: Legacy is coming out.

Watch “1901,” “Around The World,” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” below, and watch the giddy, bewildered crowd try to absorb what just happened:

Phoenix guitarist Laurent Brancowitz was in a short-lived band called Darlin’ with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.

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Comments (12)
  1. Perfect synchronicity, I was social media messaging friends for positive / happy / upbeat music this morning and Stereogum comes to the rescue with this once in a lifetime experience of pure beauty fortunately digitally recorded by some of those in attendance.

    Thank you Phoenix, Thank you Daft Punk, thank you digital recorders, and thank you Stereogum.

    Smilingly Yours,

    Jason Michael

  2. I think it’s wonderful to see humans and robots working together in peace and harmony. See robots, instead of rising up and attacking your human creators, forcing us all to live underground and fight for our very existence, we can instead join together and make beautiful music.

  3. That is one tame, tame crowd right there. I would be going APESHIT if that happened.

  4. Eh. Would have been cooler if they performed “Cindy, So Loud”.

  5. I would literally be shitting myself
    these people don’t seem to know what they are experiencing

  6. New york gets all the fun! :(

  7. Hmm, funny how people assume it was actually Daft Punk, when it could have been anyone in those outfits. Seriously it could have been Noel & Liam Gallagher for all we know.

  8. More exclusive pictures and videos of Phoenix & Daft Punk @ Madison Square Garden

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  9. One thing to say: It’s good to be french!

  10. its impossible that they would be impersonators, first off because Laurent Brancowitz the guitarist of Phoenix was in a band called Darlin’ with those guys prior to daft punk, it was actually from that band that someone had commented on them as sounding like a bunch of “daft punk”, so the crazy thing for me is seeing that there was evidently no rift between the guitarist and the daft guys. and another thing which has’nt gotten mentioned is that they introduced daft punk on stage with an homage to the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the part where they communicate to the mothership with music. I didnt have the best seats but ill tell you it was one unbelievable show, especially when daft punk came out, I nearly lost my shit

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