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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 In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to address… More »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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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 Christian…
brandon | May 14, 2009 - 9:32 am

New Phoenix – “1901 (The Tremulance Remix)”

Phoenix is continuing to spotlight "1901" remixes culled from the web, this time pointing us to a blipped out version by the Tremulance. Download it…
Amrit Singh | April 30, 2009 - 12:27 pm

New Phoenix Remixes Takes “1901” To Jamaica

After Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix's lead MP3 "1901" hit with its heavy-synthed dance pop, the last thing I thought was "this thing needs a rasta remix."
Amrit Singh | April 28, 2009 - 11:08 am

Classixx Remix Phoenix

"Lisztomania," the standout single from Phoenix's forthcoming fourth LP, is certainly ripe for remixing, and finally an official one has surfaced. In re-imagining the synthrock…
Scott Lapatine | April 27, 2009 - 4:07 pm

New Phoenix Video – “Lisztomania”

Nineteenth century classical composer Franz Liszt was the Rex Manning of his day. He got so many chicks, you have no idea. And they would…
Scott Lapatine | April 16, 2009 - 3:20 am

Phoenix Announce North American Tour

The French quartet joined the ranks of McCartney, U2, and Coldplay when they were asked to play a third song on a recent SNL, and…
brandon | April 15, 2009 - 9:09 am

Uninspired SNL At Least Yields Extra Phoenix

McCartney, U2, Coldplay, and now Phoenix are among the acts who've been asked to play three songs on an episode of Saturday Night Live. I…
Scott Lapatine | April 6, 2009 - 12:12 am

Phoenix Booked For SNL Next Week

Speaking of French Pop, indie-ish rock group Phoenix will perform "1901" and "Lisztomania" on the 4/4 episode of Saturday Night Live. It'll be hosted by…
Scott Lapatine | March 25, 2009 - 6:02 pm

Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Album Art

Wanna know what the new Phoenix sounds like. "Fast and intense." Their words, not ours, although you can take them as truth on the back…
Amrit Singh | March 4, 2009 - 2:47 pm

New Phoenix – “1901”

It's not an outright club cut, and the guitars aren't absent to a Zinner-degree, but still: lots of synths to this new Phoenix. "1901" is…
Amrit Singh | February 23, 2009 - 11:36 am

Progress Report: Phoenix

NAME: Phoenix PROGRESS REPORT: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, out in Spring 2009. Recorded at Philippe Zdar's studio in Montmartre, Paris. "Fast and intense" is how…
Jessica | January 9, 2009 - 1:55 pm

DJ Mixes Usually Suck, But…

Leave it to Erlend Øye of Kings Of Convenience (Norway's answer to Simon & Garfunkel) to reinvent the genre. 1. Jurgen Paape…
Stereogum | April 30, 2004 - 4:53 pm
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