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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 effortless grace. The singles got all the ink, as singles do, but every track was effervescent. It was the kind of music that seems to materialize out of thin air but… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 11, 2013 - 1:19 pm

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 Hall Of Williamsburg to introduce Phoenix — and over the course of that announcement, he told the crowd to make noise, to sing along to the songs we knew. But… More »

By: 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 to Saturday Night Live, where they played three songs back in ’09. The band recently discussed how that came about with EW:… More »

By: Liz Pelly / April 7, 2013 - 9:01 am

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 from their forthcoming Bankrupt! album. This one is a stripped-down performance video, with the band playing an acoustic-guitar/keyboard version of the song not too different from the one they did… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2013 - 3:21 pm

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 buzz, only to fizzle into the painful obscurity of no longer being the hot new thing by the time they get around to making a sophomore album, the success of… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / April 3, 2013 - 3:00 pm

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 Bankrupt!, as well as hits “1901” and “Lisztomania” and a cover of fellow Frechmen AIR’s “Playground Love.” Check out a video of their performance of Bankrupt!‘s “The Real Thing” below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 2, 2013 - 3:13 pm

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 forthcoming record Bankrupt! out April 23rd via Glassnote Records. Check out videos of the band playing “Bourgeois”, “Drakkar Noir”, and “Chloroform” below as well as the setlist and all of… More »

By: Liz Pelly / March 30, 2013 - 10:25 am

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, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm

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 from Dinosaur Jr. and Blood Orange. And now Phoenix themselves have offered their own divergent take on the song. Performing it live for the first time for Canada’s QTV, the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 27, 2013 - 9:41 am

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 of the same track, the great mutant-pop producer Dev Hynes (working under his Blood Orange alias) has actually left a few elements of the original track intact, including Thomas Mars’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2013 - 10:52 am

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; as far as I can tell, Dino Jr. keep no elements of Phoenix’s original version of the song intact. Instead, J Mascis turns their gleaming, precision-engineered pop song into a slow,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 19, 2013 - 10:27 am

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 series of intercut love stories, taking place throughout the ages but starring the same actors. There’s also a lot of fighting. We’re going to be puzzling this one out for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 7, 2013 - 1:10 pm

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 it’s a necessity in 2013, and one that will serve this feature well. In theory, over the past three years, this mixtape has functioned to spotlight and memorialize the month’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 28, 2013 - 1:30 pm

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 quick enough to scope the short-lived samples on their Amazon page, the only taste of music from the release has been this snippet of “Bourgeois” from the band’s album teaser. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 18, 2013 - 2:39 pm

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 we learned it would be called Bankrupt! Now we’ve got even more deets: The album’s release date (April 23, via Loyaute/Glassnote, and the music should pair well with the blossom… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 12, 2013 - 10:40 am

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 US date: at New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival. More »

By: Michael Nelson / January 17, 2013 - 11:18 am

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 their forthcoming new album. This announcement comes on the heels of the news that the band will perform live for the first time in two years at Rock am RingMore »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 16, 2013 - 5:12 pm

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 directed Phoenix’s sunny clip for “Lisztomania.” Stream the entire doc below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 17, 2011 - 5:09 pm

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 as cut-and-dry as our last adventure into this territory. But, admittedly, it’s pretty darn close, melodically. While I don’t have as sharp of an ear, in terms of key change… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 19, 2011 - 3:42 pm

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 few more of these have surfaced. Check out covers of LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends,” Phoenix’s “Long Distance Call,” the Strokes’ “Under Control,” and Kelly Clarkson’s guess-which-one, all below:… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 1, 2011 - 4:45 pm