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Nicolas Godin – “Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde” (Feat. Thomas Mars) Video

French futurist-pop duo Air have been on hiatus since releasing Le Voyage Dans La Lune dropped in 2012, but Nicolas Godin has since been releasing music on his own. “Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde” is the second single we’re heading off of Godin’s forthcoming solo album Contrepoint, the first being the hyperactive “Orca,” which also debuted… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 7, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Phoenix – “Bankrupt! (Gesaffelstein Remix)”

As the above graphic demonstrates, Phoenix have released many, many remixes of Bankrupt! material. According to the band, this is the last one: The darkly alluring techno producer and fellow Frenchman Gesaffelstein has put his own spin on Bankrupt!‘s title track. Gesaffelstein has also worked with Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, and Lana Del Rey, and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 20, 2014 - 9:30 am

Phoenix – “Chloroform (Gopher & Devin Remix)”

We’ve seen Sofia Coppola’s video and heard Sleigh Bells’ remix, but Phoenix isn’t done promoting their Bankrupt! banger “Chloroform.” This time Paris duo Gopher & Devin has taken a crack at the track. This one stays a lot closer to the original than Sleigh Bells’ Alexis-Krauss-heavy reworking, but Alex Gopher & Pierrick Devin still take… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 2, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Phoenix – “SOS In Bel Air” (Ariel Pink’s Krystal Bamboo Remix)

Phoenix have just announced some North American tour dates to go along with their previously scheduled appearances at Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, and to coincide with that news, they’ve released an Ariel Pink remix of Bankrupt! track “SOS In Bel Air.” The song has been totally transformed by Pink, so that it now sounds considerably… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 4, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Phoenix Side With Lawrence Lessig On “Lisztomania” Fair Use Lawsuit

Is it fair to use portions of a band’s song in the background of your video without the band’s permission? Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, the great French pop-rock band Phoenix, and the international legal system agree: Yes, it’s fair. And because it’s fair, Phoenix’s Australian record label has egg on its face and less money… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 28, 2014 - 11:03 am

Watch Phoenix Play “S.O.S. In Bel Air” At An Austin High School For Live From the Artists Den

Phoenix will be kicking off the next season of Live From The Artists Den with that Austin high school performance we heard about in October. Other confirmed episodes include Sheryl Crow at the Plaza Hotel and Vampire Weekend at the General Society Of Mechanics & Tradesmen, both in New York. The Phoenix episode airs at… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 16, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Watch Phoenix Play Ellen

It’s been a big 24 hours for European Glassnote Records artists and American TV shows. Hot on the heels of Chvrches’ Letterman performance last night comes Phoenix’s visit to Ellen, during which the Frenchmen performed Bankrupt! banger “S.O.S. In Bel Air.” Not sure if there was something wrong with the monitor situation, but the typically… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 10, 2013 - 12:21 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

In a week full of big music videos, the one that generated the most conversation was, logically enough, the one that raised the most hackles. In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to addre… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013 - 10:59 am

Phoenix – “Chloroform” Video (Dir. Sofia Coppola)

The filmmaker Sofia Coppola is married to Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars, and she’s directed a video for “Chloroform,” one of the songs from Phoenix’s recent Bankrupt! album. It’s a slow-moving black-and-white clip that shows the band performing in a small room. Most of the video, though, is devoted to the reactions of the audience –… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Watch Phoenix’s Austin City Limits Episode

Phoenix didn’t get a chance to play the Austin City Limits Festival yesterday, since a flash flood warning forced organizers to cancel an entire day of music. The French band did, however, recently tape an episode of the PBS live-music TV show Austin City Limits, and it aired on Saturday night. This was probably cold… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2013 - 10:31 am

Phoenix, Paul McCartney Play Surprise High School Concerts

Here’s a trend that I can’t imagine anyone getting pissed off about: Star musicians playing unannounced shows for high-school kids. Rappers have been doing things like this for a long time: special shows for kids with perfect attendance in disadvantaged areas, or for the one high school in a poor district that had the highest… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2013 - 10:07 am

Artist Portraits From Austin City Limits 2013

Yesterday we shared live shots from the first weekend of Austin City Limits. We also caught up with some bands off-stage to take their photo in a quieter setting. Check out Pooneh Ghana’s great portraits of HAIM, Phoenix, Purity Ring, Tame Impala, Smith Westerns, and more above. More »

By: Stereogum / October 8, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Phoenix – “Chloroform (Sleigh Bells Remix)”

It was only last month that a track from Phoenix’s Bankrupt! was the R. Kelly treatment, and now, another song from that album has been remixed: This time it’s “Chloroform,” and the remixers are Sleigh Bells. Where Kelly merely added some highlights to the track in his care, Sleigh Bells deliver something totally unique, to… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 25, 2013 - 10:37 am

Watch Phoenix’s Take Away Show For La Blogotheque

We’ve already seen the “Entertainment” webisode of La Blogotheque’s A Take Away Show featuring Phoenix, but now we’ve got a 21-minute short film featuring four performances, including an acoustic rendition of “Trying To Be Cool” done while the band mans a rowboat. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 9, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Photos: Made In America 2013

The second annual Budweiser Made In America festival, which is curated by Jay-Z, took place over the weekend in Philadelphia with performances by Phoenix, Beyoncé, HAIM, Dairrhea Planet, Kendrick Lamar, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Nine Inch Nails, who covered Johnny Cash (LOL jk). Check out Luis Ruiz photos from the fest in the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 3, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Watch Phoenix Play “Entertainment” In Versailles For La Blogotheque

Phoenix have gotten a ton of traction out of Bankrupt! track “Trying To Be Cool,” grabbing remixes for the song from artists like Breakbot, A-Trak, and their Coachella guest R. Kelly. But for fellow Frenchmen La Blogotheque, the band revisited their prior single “Entertainment,” with an outdoor performance at Parisian royal landmark Versailles for their… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 29, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Watch Phoenix Teach Haim French

Phoenix and Haim are about to tour together this November. In advance of the tour, NME got the two bands together during Leeds festival on Friday for a quick French lesson. Haim asked the Parisian band to teach them several phrases including, “Where is my damn croissant?” and “Does this venue have showers?” Check out… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 25, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool Remix Feat. R. Kelly”

Well that was quick. We just got teased on the R. Kelly remix of Phoenix’s “Trying To Be Cool,” and now, the song. Kelly adds a buncha additional vocal elements — backing and lead, including an entirely new verse and melody — to the original. What can I say? I love the original, and thi… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 14, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Phoenix Tease “Trying To Be Cool (R. Kelly Remix)”

In April, Coachella headliners Phoenix were joined onstage by a surprise guest: Pitchfork Festival headliner R. Kelly. The two parties collab’ed on a pair of great mashups — “1901”/”Ignition” and “Chloroform”/”I’m A Flirt” — and then walked off stage saying, “We gotta do something else!” I’m not paraphrasing or assuming anything; that’s a direct quote… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 14, 2013 - 11:46 am
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