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 In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to address… More »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

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

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

A Peek At Phoenix LP5 Recording

Photographer Hedi Slimane took some black and white photos of Phoenix holed-up in a New York City studio working on their fifth album, the followup…
brandon | July 1, 2011 - 10:54 am

Phoenix Talk “Minimal,” “Experimental” New Album

Phoenix did an interview with Australian website Pedestrian.TV, who talked to the band about their still-untitled followup to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The band were in…
jessica | February 15, 2011 - 12:27 pm

Whoa, Daft Punk Joined Phoenix Onstage At MSG

Last night's Phoenix/Dirty Projectors/Wavves show at Madison Square Garden became an even bigger deal when Daft Punk joined the headliners during the encore. According to…
jessica | October 21, 2010 - 10:33 am

Phoenix – “Love Like A Sunset Part III”

As a record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix has got legs, is excellent, and is the closest thing you'll see to a slick synth-pop- king maker in…
Amrit Singh | October 6, 2010 - 12:42 pm

Phoenix, Neon Indian @ Open Air Theatre, San Diego 9/21/10

Fresh off their appearance on  Kimmel, Phoenix resumed their victory lap tour, playing to a full house in San Diego. Neon Indian made for a…
Andrew Youssef | September 22, 2010 - 9:41 am

Phoenix Visit Kimmel, Share Wolfgang Stems

Phoenix stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to do "Lasso" and "1901," from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The album came out May 2009, but it…
jessica | September 21, 2010 - 12:27 pm

Outside Lands 2010 In Photos

When we posted the Outside Lands festival lineup, we mentioned how the San Fransisco festival tried to fit it “between a jam and a rock…
jessica | August 16, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Lollapalooza 2010 Saturday: Green Day Is For The Children

Even if you’re not a fan (I’m not) you gotta give Green Day credit, first for introducing Lookout! to mall-punks back in the day, later…
Scott Lapatine | August 8, 2010 - 12:02 pm

Outside Lands 2010 Lineup

Last year Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band and the Beastie Boys headlined San Fransisco's second Outside Lands festival. This year's lineup also tries to fit…
jessica | June 1, 2010 - 2:23 pm

Coachella 2010: Pavement, Thom Yorke, Gorillaz

Friday got us dancing with LCD and Jay-Z, Saturday featured less clothing, and Sunday closed things out with a generally mellower lineup (plus more amazing…
stereogum | April 19, 2010 - 4:54 pm

Libertines Reunite For Reading/Leeds 2010

The 2010 bill-sharing Reading & Leeds Festivals, scheduled for 8/27-29 in those respective cities, will feature Guns N' Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink-182 as headliners,…
brandon | March 29, 2010 - 5:56 pm

Free Phoenix Live In Sydney EP

Persistence in pursuing pop perfection has its privileges (pah!): Phoenix’s meticulously crafted/effortlessly adored Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix benefited and built upon the band’s previous three albums…
Amrit Singh | March 24, 2010 - 12:56 pm

Staten Island Fifth Graders Sing “Lisztomania”

More proof that Phoenix is a band that speaks to the young and old alike. According to Wiki, the PS22 Chorus is a group of…
Amrit Singh | March 9, 2010 - 12:34 pm

Snooki Interviews Phoenix

Some people have made a bit of a fuss over the fact that the Jersey Shore orangehead asks Phoenix if they have Guidos and Guidettes
Amrit Singh | February 4, 2010 - 5:38 pm

Grammys 2010: Out Of Touch, Out Of Time

For the first time since I became aware of them, I won't be watching the Grammys. I made other plans weeks ago and forgot they…
Scott Lapatine | January 31, 2010 - 3:19 pm

Phoenix Cover Dylan, Get Remixed By Memory Tapes

Phoenix had a big 2009. The French group's biggest appeal is their ability to craft ebullient, universally enjoyable pop hooks on the Grammy-nominated Wolfgang Amadeus
brandon | January 27, 2010 - 9:05 am