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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 In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to addre… More »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 Have Now Played Every Late Night Talk Show This Year

Except Carson Daly, but he doesn't really count. The roll call: Fallon, Conan, Letterman, Kimmel. Hell even SNL. So in the interest of exhausting Phoenix'…
Amrit Singh | October 12, 2009 - 3:56 pm

2009 mtvU Woodie Award Nominations: Animal Collective Vs. 3OH!3

mtvU is the college-dorm targeted branch of Viacom's pop-cultural giving tree. While most of its boughs are wilting when it comes to recognizing relevant music,…
Amrit Singh | October 6, 2009 - 10:22 am

Austin City Limits 2009 In Photos

There was dust, rain, then mud. There was Eddie Vedder, sitting in with Kings Of Leon and calling Perry Farrell up onstage with Pearl Jam…
Amrit Singh | October 5, 2009 - 1:51 pm

Wal-Mart, Axe Say Phoenix Are The Next Big Thing

Hey Pearl Jam, Phoenix see your Target tie-in and raise you one Wal-Mart endorsement that also pimps Axe hair products. Watch at Apparently Axe…
Scott Lapatine | October 3, 2009 - 9:47 am

Animal Collective Remix Phoenix

It's Thursday which must mean it is time for Phoenix remix news. But this one trumps your typical Thursday Phoenix remix news, because it i…
Amrit Singh | October 1, 2009 - 11:04 am

Phoenix/Passion Pit @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC 9/26/09

As advertised, Phoenix treated Central Park's Summerstage to two sold-out nights of their danceable and occasionally epic insouciance this past weekend. The lineup was a…
Amrit Singh | September 28, 2009 - 11:18 am

Phoenix Play Fallon Show, Apple Store

The French '80s revivalists are making the most of their time in NYC. Again. Last time it was shows everywhere from MHOW to T5 and…
Amrit Singh | September 25, 2009 - 9:56 am

Friendly Fires Remix Phoenix

Just when you thought we were putting a cap on our ongoing coverage of how it's been a Very Phoenix Summer, with the logical extensio…
Amrit Singh | September 17, 2009 - 3:20 pm

Phoenix Play Conan, Cadillac Crossover Commercial

Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix had crossover written all over it from the first synth tones of "1901." And by now you know it's easy, like…
Amrit Singh | September 16, 2009 - 9:00 am

Monolith 2009 In Photos

While we were rocking the Catskills, enjoying what Wayne Coyne said was “the greatest collection of underground music ever assembled,” dozens of other great indie…
Scott Lapatine | September 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Phoenix Visit La Interface

In addition to speaking in sexy French accents, here Phoenix perform "Lisztomania," "1901," and the older "One Time Too Many." You've likely already seen performances
brandon | July 10, 2009 - 3:02 pm

Phoenix Play “Lisztomania” On Kimmel, Thomas Gets Sick

After taking Brooklyn and Manhattan, Phoenix took off to the West coast to do Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix standard "Lisztomania" on Jimmy Kimmel. It's a mostly…
brandon | June 29, 2009 - 12:10 pm

Phoenix Take Manhattan

While in NYC, Phoenix performed triumphant sets at Terminal 5 and Music Hall Of Williamsburg and squeezed in appearances with Alexa Chung and David Letterman.
brandon | June 23, 2009 - 12:25 pm

Old Folks Review Dirty Projectors, Interview Fiery Furnaces

The last time Scott checked in with the old folks (his favorite folks) of Breakfast At Sulmay's, he requested they do Dirty Projectors next. And…
Amrit Singh | June 22, 2009 - 5:59 pm

Phoenix @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 6/18/09

Special times at MHOW last night. For their part, Phoenix never fail to play like a band fully convinced of its undeniability, whether touring o…
Amrit Singh | June 19, 2009 - 10:50 am

Phoenix Play “1901” For Alexa Chung, David Letterman

If you listened to the radio this month, maybe you heard a stripped-down performance of "1901." Phoenix played it on French radio, American radio, Canadian
Scott Lapatine | June 19, 2009 - 1:12 am

Phoenix’s Secret Diaries

If Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’s production is just too exquisite for you, head to to unlock a handful of lo-fi acoustic versions and demos from…
Scott Lapatine | May 27, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Holy Ghost! Remix Phoenix

Phoenix launched their tour last night at the Spex Festival at Berlin's Berghain. Today DFA-affiliated New Yorkers Holy Ghost! offer up a remix of Wolfgang
brandon | May 21, 2009 - 12:24 pm

New Phoenix Video – “1901”

This morning you may have caught Phoenix unplugged on Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix's "Lisztomania," etc. A few hours later, we have the Bogstandard-directed video for the…
brandon | May 14, 2009 - 4:28 pm

Phoenix Unplug Something Old, Something New

After more than a couple remixes, Phoenix are back to playing their songs sans other folks' meddling, albeit with less instrumentation. Thomas Mars and Christia…
brandon | May 14, 2009 - 9:32 am