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 In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to addre… More »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

As miracles go, the last two Phoenix records were somewhere between water-into-wine and raising a man from the dead, all ecstasy and wonder and effortle…
Chris DeVille | April 11, 2013 - 1:19 pm
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Phoenix @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 4/5/13

It was a little after 6 p.m. when Jeff Regan, program director for Sirius XM's Alt Nation channel, walked onto the stage at Brooklyn's Music…
Michael Nelson | April 8, 2013 - 11:55 am

Watch Phoenix Return To SNL

In advance of Bankrupt!'s release, Phoenix are spending the weekend in NY. On Friday they played Music Hall of Williamsburg, and last night they returned…
Liz Pelly | April 7, 2013 - 9:01 am
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Phoenix – “Entertainment” Homemade Performance Video

The song's official music video is a grand and sweeping thing, but now Phoenix have posted a very different video for "Entertainment," the first single…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2013 - 3:21 pm
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Q&A: Phoenix On Bankrupt! And The Perks Of Being A Semi-Late-In-Life Success Story

At a time when so many new bands explode out of the gate on the strength of a debut EP and a wave of Internet…
T. Cole Rachel | April 3, 2013 - 3:00 pm
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Watch Phoenix Play “The Real Thing” In San Francisco

Phoenix performed to a 500-person crowd last night at San Francisco venue the Independent. The band played a chunk of material from their upcoming album…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 2, 2013 - 3:13 pm
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Watch Phoenix Play Bankrupt! Songs In Vancouver

Phoenix played their first show in two years Thursday night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver. The band played all 10 songs from their…
Liz Pelly | March 30, 2013 - 10:25 am
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Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2013

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well,…
Amrit Singh | March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm
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Watch Phoenix Strip Down “Entertainment” For QTV

In the weeks since Phoenix dropped "Entertainment," the bright and candy-colored first single from their forthcoming album Bankrupt!, we've heard way-different versions of the song…
Tom Breihan | March 27, 2013 - 9:41 am
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Phoenix – “Entertainment (Blood Orange Remix)”

Dinosaur Jr.'s "remix" of "Entertainment," the bright and shiny new single from French superstars Phoenix, was actually an excellently bittersweet cover. In his own remix…
Tom Breihan | March 26, 2013 - 10:52 am
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Dinosaur Jr. – “Entertainment” (Phoenix Cover)

It's tough to say why Phoenix are selling Dinosaur Jr.'s cover of their new song "Entertainment" as a remix rather than a straight-up cover; a…
Tom Breihan | March 19, 2013 - 10:27 am
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Phoenix – “Entertainment” Video

Phoenix have just unveiled the big, sweeping, ambitious video for "Entertainment," the first single from their new Bankrupt! album. Patrick Daughters directs, and it's a…
Tom Breihan | March 7, 2013 - 1:10 pm
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Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2013

It's finally come to this: The first straight-to-Spotify Stereogum Monthly Mix. It's the end of an era, and I'm a little sad about it! But…
Amrit Singh | February 28, 2013 - 1:30 pm
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Phoenix – “Entertainment”

Phoenix's Bankrupt! is one of our most anticipated releases of this year. We've already seen the peachy album art and tracklist, but unless you were…
Scott Lapatine | February 18, 2013 - 2:39 pm
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Phoenix Bankrupt! Details

The forthcoming fifth album from French pop kings Phoenix was a top 5 finisher on our list of 2013's most anticipated albums, and last month…
Michael Nelson | February 12, 2013 - 10:40 am
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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013 Lineup Feat. Phoenix, Frank Ocean

Just yesterday we got the news that French pop gods Phoenix had set a date for their return, and today, we get their first announced…
Michael Nelson | January 17, 2013 - 11:18 am
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Phoenix Announce Bankrupt!, Live Return

Earlier today, Phoenix posted the above bright pink photo on their Facebook page and it has since been confirmed that Bankrupt! is the title of…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 16, 2013 - 5:12 pm
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Watch The Phoenix Doc From A Mess To The Masses

Antoine Wagner and Francisco Soriano chronicle Phoenix's 2009-2010 tour in From A Mess To The Masses, which documents the Parisian's band's international breakthrough. Wagner also…
Corban Goble | October 17, 2011 - 5:09 pm
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And While We’re At It, Does This McDonald’s Commerical Rip Off “Lisztomania”?

Alright, the latest edition of "Does [insert huge company] rip off [insert artist]?" is a little hairier -- this possible invocation of Phoenix's "Lisztomania" isn't…
Corban Goble | September 19, 2011 - 3:42 pm
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Tokyo Police Club Cover LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, The Strokes

Tokyo Police Club has been unraveling a covers series for Polaroid -- ten songs culled from each of the last ten years -- and a…
Corban Goble | September 1, 2011 - 4:45 pm
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