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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 »

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 In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to addre… More »

You guys are going to hate this week’s list so much, but it’s high summer now, and I just can’t be bothered to list whatever piece of dark experimental conceptual indie rock silliness that someone might be into. This is a time for bright, shiny, professional high-grade pop music videos, videos about love and dancing… More »

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Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool (A-Trak Remix)”

Breakbot and Soul Clap have already remixed "Trying To Be Cool," the latest precision-engineered single from Phoenix's new album Bankrupt!, and now dancefloor big dog…
Tom Breihan | July 10, 2013 - 11:17 am

Stereogum’s Cruel Summer 2013 Mix

This week, for the 237th time, our country tis of thee will celebrate its Miss Independence. Which means that this week, for the fourth time,…
Amrit Singh | July 3, 2013 - 2:09 pm
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Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool” Video

"Trying To Be Cool" is the second single from Phoenix's new album Bankrupt! (following "Entertainment"), and its new video, helmed by the directing team CANADA
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2013 - 9:33 am
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Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool (Soul Clap Remix)”

Last month, VICE music blog Noisey gave away Phoenix's stems for Bankrupt! standout "Trying To Be Cool" and proffered their Dropbox as a beacon of…
Claire Lobenfeld | June 14, 2013 - 11:54 am
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Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool (Breakbot Remix)”

Look, I know the remix game can get shady and sometimes it just doesn't seem like anything you cook up has what it takes to…
Amrit Singh | May 31, 2013 - 2:28 pm
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Photos: Primavera Sound 2013

Primavera Sound Festival took place over multiple days in Barcelona last week, hosting acts including Blur, My Bloody Valentine, the Knife, Phoenix, the Postal Service,…
Stereogum | May 28, 2013 - 11:29 am

Watch Phoenix Play Fallon

Considering that Phoenix have been on a neverending publicity tour behind their new album Bankrupt! for something like a month now, it's a bit of…
Tom Breihan | May 15, 2013 - 8:47 am

Photos: Phoenix @ Apollo Theater, NYC 5/13/13

Phoenix may have been one of this year’s Coachella headliners, but they’ve also been treating fans to more intimate performances by playing shows in smaller…
Stereogum | May 14, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Remix Phoenix’s “Trying To Be Cool”

Phoenix’s “Trying To Be Cool” is one of the immediate standouts on their new album Bankrupt!, and they’ve already played it live on SNL and…
Tom Breihan | May 3, 2013 - 9:31 am
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Watch Phoenix’s Live On Letterman Webcast

When you put the words "Phoenix" and "Letterman" together, most people are automatically going to think of this. Last night, though, it meant something much…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2013 - 8:52 am
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Stereogum Monthly Mix: April 2013

After experimenting with three formats for the Monthly Mix -- MP3 zip, Spotify playlist, Soundcloud set, etc. -- in March we finally came upon a…
Amrit Singh | April 30, 2013 - 12:30 pm
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Phoenix – “Entertainment (Dirty Projectors Remix)”

Mild-mannered French superstars Phoenix have already lined up a serious cast of heavy hitters to remix or rework their new single "Entertainment": Grizzly Bear, Dinosaur
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2013 - 8:54 am
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Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Saturday’s 5 Best Things

Sitting here in the afterglow of day two -- resting sore muscles and reflecting on an impossible collection of hard-earned memories -- I feel like…
Aaron Lariviere | April 21, 2013 - 3:31 pm
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Phoenix – “Entertainment (Grizzly Bear Remix)”

In honor of Record Store Day, Grizzly Bear released two records today: a split Nicolas Jaar remix 12-inch (also featuring Brian Eno) plus the first-ever…
Liz Pelly | April 20, 2013 - 5:18 pm
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Watch Phoenix Play Kimmel

All week long, Jimmy Kimmel Live has been taking advantage of its California location by booking bands on the Coachella bill between Coachella weekend. Last…
Tom Breihan | April 19, 2013 - 9:04 am
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Stream Phoenix Bankrupt!

Next week, the polite Frenchmen in Phoenix will release Bankrupt!, their first new album since 2009’s ridiculously massive Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, and our own Michael…
Tom Breihan | April 16, 2013 - 12:20 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Phoenix Bankrupt!

In his beautiful eulogy for My Chemical Romance, Grantland's Andy Greenwald made much of that band's outsize ambition, and lamented the general dissolution of such…
Michael Nelson | April 15, 2013 - 10:11 am
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Coachella 2013 Saturday: The Postal Service, Phoenix, The Make-Up, & More

Before we get into Saturday, let's not bury the day's big lede: R. Kelly joined Phoenix on stage to perform his biggest crossover that isn't…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 14, 2013 - 4:33 pm
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Watch Phoenix And R. Kelly Perform Together At Coachella

At Coachella Saturday night, R. Kelly joined headliners Phoenix for mashed-up versions of "1901"/"Ignition" and "Chloroform"/"I'm A Flirt." Check out video below and photos of…
Scott Lapatine | April 14, 2013 - 12:09 pm
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