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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / July 12, 2013 - 10:53 am

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 A-Trak has also submitted a version of it. A-Trak’s remix of the song is a seven-minute extended edit that adds in compressed EDM wobbles without making it sound like a… More »

By: 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, our blog will celebrate the arrival of Cruel Summer, our annual heartbreak of a mixtape. Tradition. Times have changed since our 2010, 2011, and 2012 installments. Namely, nobody releases free… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 3, 2013 - 2:09 pm

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 and produced by the Creators Project, is a total goofball triumph. It starts out as a fairly normal live-in-studio club, but then things keep happening: A baboon sits in a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2013 - 9:33 am

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 seriously-however-you-want-this-song-to-sound-and-if-it’s-cool-we’ll-post-it opportunity. This means that floating in the web ether there are probably remixes upon remixes of the cut — I would deign to guess they are mostly trap –… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 14, 2013 - 11:54 am

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 crack the Hype Machine charts. BUCK UP, THO! Like, if you wanted to remix Phoenix’s “Trying To Be Cool,” you have what it takes! (No really, you have what itMore »

By: Amrit Singh / May 31, 2013 - 2:28 pm

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, the Breeders, and many more. We sent Autumn Andel to capture the sights. Check out her pics in the gallery above. More »

By: 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 a shock that they’re only now getting around to playing Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Last night, however, they corrected the oversight, appearing on the show to play the dee… More »

By: 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 venues. Last night, they took to Harlem’s iconic, deceptively tiny Apollo Theater. We sent Robert Altman to check out the action. More »

By: 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 Letterman. And now, via Noisey, they’re asking fans to rework their own versions of the song. You can download 10 different stems for the song here, and once you’ve knocked… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 3, 2013 - 9:31 am

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 less squirmy, as the elegantly whimsical French band served as guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, busting out the slick Bankrupt! album track “Trying To Be Cool.” And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2013 - 8:52 am

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 solution that pleased everyone: all of them. And so, for you, here is the month’s music, whittled down to its very best, via each of the aforementioned mediums, limited only… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 30, 2013 - 12:30 pm

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 Jr., Blood Orange. And now the band have commissioned a remix from the Dirty Projectors, who aren’t exactly deep in the remixing game. The Dirty Pro remix does, however, sound… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2013 - 8:54 am

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 I’m starting to come to terms with Coachella. More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / April 21, 2013 - 3:31 pm

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 vinyl release of the band’s debut Horn of Plenty. In addition, the band have also just released a remix of Phoenix’s single “Entertainment.” Check it out below via Spotify, or… More »

By: Liz Pelly / April 20, 2013 - 5:18 pm

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 night, the show got its biggest musical guest of the week: Phoenix, who played their single “Entertainment” on the show and then stuck around long enough to play three more… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 19, 2013 - 9:04 am

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 has already had a whole lot to say about the new one. Now you can (legally) pass your own judgement, and Bankrupt! is now streaming in full at iTunes. To… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 16, 2013 - 12:20 pm

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 ambition among other rock bands of recent vintage. “My Chemical Romance always aimed for the top, but the top no longer exists; all that remains is a vast, niche-y middle,”… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 15, 2013 - 10:11 am

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 from the Space Jam soundtrack, “Ignition (Remix).” Not quite the Daft Punk cameo folks rumored, definitely worthy of its own post. Which is here. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 14, 2013 - 4:33 pm

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 the live collaboration above. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 14, 2013 - 12:09 pm