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Phoenix sounded great as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Huffington Post points out the band is from France - not Brooklyn, and they know that because:

*The adorable lead singer's shirt was slightly pressed like he'd picked it up from the cleaners and yet he still wore it in a laid-back, pass me the carafe, way--a clean, casual, style belonging to the French. They do casual like we dress up here.

*Phoenix looked like they were really relishing being on the SNL stage. This exuberance and gratitude didn't fit the aloof, no-big-deal-ness of a posturing band out of Brooklyn. It was refreshing and got you even more excited. The French love NYC. For them, being on SNL is what going back in time and being on Ed Sullivan would be for a Brooklyn band on the rise, now that would be cool...SNL? No big deal. Americans like to up the stakes. The French appreciate simplicity.

*Again, the smiles and the brotherly love in the band's performance wasn't from here, where friendships, work relationships come and go. French people tend to stay friends for life and are hard-pressed to let anyone new in unless they're a friend of a close friend. These guys looked at each other when they were rocking out like, "Can you believe this? This is awesome. We did it." They probably hugged each other backstage afterward, or at least I hope they did.

Phoenix's first North American summer tour date has been announced, and that show is at Terminal 5 in NYC on June 19th. Tickets go on Am Ex presale on Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale at the same time on Friday. The band's new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is out May 26th.

All dates & the SNL videos, below...

Phoenix - "Lisztomania" on SNL - April 4, 2009

Phoenix - "1901" on SNL - April 4, 2009

Phoenix - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 23 - HOXTON BAR & KITCHEN - SOLD OUT London, London and South East
May 20 - BERGHAIN (SPEX FESTIVAL) Berlin
May 23 - E-WERK (ELECTRONIC BEATS) Cologne
May 28 - PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL - SPAIN Barcelona, Barcelona
May 30 - SIESTA FESTIVAL - SWEDEN Hasselholm
Jun 1 - KOKO LONDON - SOLD OUT London, London and South East
Jun 6 - ROCK AM RING FESTIVAL - GERMANY Nurburg
Jun 7 - ROCK IM PARK FESTIVAL - GERMANY Nurnberg
Jun 19 - Terminal 5, New York, NY
Jun 28 - THE WILTERN Los Angeles, California
Jul 24 - CAMP BESTIVAL - UK Lulworth Castle, Dorset, Southwest

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Comments (51)

didn't listen to them until snl, now i can't stop spinning their record.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 12:50 AM

Oh cmon, why oh why do you have to throw them in that shitty hell hole?

Hey Bowery Presents people, please do everyone a favor and drop dead assholes

Seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:05 AM

i smell a vocal backing track...

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:13 AM

I hate any kind of uneducated statements about this band made buy lame bloggers

-Their first album came out in late 99 early 2000--therefore they are not a hipster Strokes wannabe band...as I read on various sites

- Listen to United and realize that any kind of "dance rock" style was evident from 10 years ago.

- They were Air's backing band for Moon Safari promo appearances in mid '98.

- They have paid their dues and are totally deserving of all their success.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:16 AM

^^

also, the guitarist was in a band with Daft Punk when they were teenagers

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:21 AM

I hate any kind of statements made by idiots calling other people uneducated and then typing the word "by" as "buy".

Although I do love this band and agree they deserve all the success they are going to have with this record.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:22 AM

correction: album is called "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:24 AM

I hate any kind of statements made by idiots calling other people uneducated and then typing the word "by" as "buy"

Christ, it's 2am....give a typo a break

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:33 AM

something very fishy about those "live" vocals on those SNL clips

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:36 AM

dude, I totally thought they were lip-syncing that performance. whats the deal???????

Posted by hater | April 6, 2009 2:01 AM

"I hate any kind of statements made by idiots calling other people uneducated and then typing the word "by" as "buy"

Christ, it's 2am....give a typo a break"


Putting "buy" when it is supposed to be "by" is not a typo. You are just a fucking uneducated moron.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 2:29 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 2:48 AM

Thank you very muchhh

Posted by Pire | April 6, 2009 3:37 AM

Phoenix are so awesome, I must have Listend to "its never been like that" 10,000,000 times. one of the best albums around I think. New stuff sound very fun.

Looking forward to hearing more!

Joe.

Posted by fatJoe | April 6, 2009 7:27 AM

i don't think they were lyp-synching but there was definitely singing along with a vocal track on "lisztomania" verses.

their new album is real good.

Posted by bill p | April 6, 2009 7:50 AM

It could have been a simple chorus vocal effect dudes.... lip-syncing is usually done much more professionally.

To me they seem to be doing the same thing the French Kicks and White Rabbits have been doing. Funny - "French" kicks!

Posted by jason | April 6, 2009 8:24 AM

T5, noooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:37 AM

ive been playing the new album for 2 weeks now...its the best of the year so far.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:02 AM

Another cool band I will not get to see b/c they are only playing T5. Bummer.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:33 AM

huffington post. serious journalism.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:45 AM

I didn't take real notice of them until after the soundtrack to "Lost in Translation" came out. The lead singer of Phoenix is the Sophia Coppola's baby daddy.

They did headline a great show at Bowery about 3 years ago, and French Kicks opened for them, if I recall. Very energetic all around.

I'd see them again...but yeah, not at T5.

Posted by Qbertplaya | April 6, 2009 10:25 AM

I really wish people would just revolt already, and not attend shows at T5. It's like scalpers, if you don't buy their tix, it's tougher for them to stay in business. It'd be amazing if that place burned down.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 10:32 AM

Seth Rogen is looking hot

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 10:32 AM

"The lead singer of Phoenix is the Sophia Coppola's baby daddy."

Thank you Perez Hilton for giving us info on Thomas Mars that most people reading this post already knew. Gossip jerkoff


"Seth Rogen is looking hot"

Actually the poor guy looks completely uncomfortable and SNL was as usual terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 10:50 AM

vocals were doubled through the mic, 100% live, 100% amazing.

Posted by j | April 6, 2009 10:54 AM

Terminal 5... pfffffffff... Bowery Ballroom please!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 11:24 AM

"It'd be amazing if that place burned down."

You know what would even better? If everyone boycotted ALL of the live venues in town. And as they all died off, the remaining ones would hold a monopoly and could charge whatever prices they wanted, no matter how absurd. And then when we finally boycotted the last few, and they went under as well, then musicians would be forced to play Todd P parties and in people's living rooms...(or they would choose to not play in NY at all...but let's ignore that possibility).

Wouldn't that be cool???

In fact, let's just boycott music altogether, especially since everyone on here seems to hate it so much.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 11:34 AM

you guys are so gay with the T5 hate. If a band you really like is playing only there, you aren't going to go? Get off your high horse and support the fucking band. You want them to play the bowery, become their manager and book it yourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 12:02 PM

There's nothing "high horse" about not liking T5. The venue sucks, plain and simple....and no, many bands I like have played there, and I didn't go, and will continue to boycott that shit hole. The sight lines suck, the sound is muddy unless you're in a pocket that constitutes about 15% of the place, and in order to secure a spot in that place, you need to get there super fucking early.

So, my answer remains no. Even after the creatively facetious "let's boycott everything" post left by the Bowery Presents staff member at 11:34.

Posted by Call me gay if you want to | April 6, 2009 12:11 PM

How awesome does Ron look?! RON!!!

Posted by Ron Lover | April 6, 2009 12:40 PM

Great band, silly French worship. Take it from someone who's spent years over there - in general, the French are a bunch of exclusionary, pretentious jerks. There's a reason they have that reputation.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 12:52 PM

Its nice to see a band that's actually mastered their instruments. Say what you will about the songs and their high cheese content, but those m'fers can play. Particularly the drummer - he's a metronome

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:00 PM

I love indie rock and all...but when people talk about indie rock artists having "mastered" their instruments, I can't help but sneer. Your average jazz or classically trained musician would run rings around these guys in their sleep. A guitarist who barely plays more than two chords through an entire song is hardly deserving of someone claiming that they've "mastered" said instrument. (That being said, the drummer is quite good...for this genre of music).

You may really like this band and all, but assigning them attributes that they clearly don't possess is kind of just silly, blind hero worship.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:30 PM

>>(That being said, the drummer is quite good...for this genre of music)

he's actually not an offical member. The singer is drummer in the studio

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 2:02 PM

why do you people all have amazingly shitty taste in music and love everything boring and lame. I hate you all.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 2:22 PM

You should boycott all Bowery venues.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 2:27 PM

^
exactly. if it's really the bowery presents people that you're pissed at, then boycott the whole organization. picking and choosing which venues you go to does nothing to hurt their bottom line.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 2:34 PM

They pay bands shit. They charge crazy amounts for shows. They do nothing to help small bands. THey never do all ages. They might as well be Live Nation.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 2:41 PM

let's just face it that going to shows these days are way too overpriced and we get raped each time we buy tickets from one of these dick companies. we just have to grin and bare it. boycotting isn't going to do shit unless we get everyone to do it for a specific show. that in turn fucks whichever band that may be playing. we can't win.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 2:50 PM

Yeah... Like I said before, Ron (the drummer) is insane. He killed it at Bowery 3 years ago.

Posted by Ron Lover | April 6, 2009 5:01 PM

"Great band, silly French worship. Take it from someone who's spent years over there - in general, the French are a bunch of exclusionary, pretentious jerks. There's a reason they have that reputation."

And I lived there for a single year, came back with a deeper appreciation for the language and culture, and want to move back. Take it from someone else who's lived there - just because you felt like the excluded American doesn't mean we all did / do.

It's not about "French worship." Phoenix is a GOOD band. The Parisian rock scene is GOOD. Paris isn't a city that springs immediately to mind when one thinks of rock, but that's part of why I found it fascinating.

Posted by Katy | April 6, 2009 5:10 PM

it's hard to tell if he was lip-syncing on "lisztomania," but thomas mars definitely wasn't lip-syncing on "1901." anyway, phoenix is a great band from their singles; i just got all of their albums in the mail and have yet to spin them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 5:23 PM

It was so cool that they got to play a third song at the end, SNL only lets the best bands do that. I just bought all their videos on bluray and have been watching them all day. These guys ROCK, like way more than Van Halen or the Stooges ever did. How can those other bands even be considered "rock". I just don't get it.

Posted by this comment was paid for | April 6, 2009 6:23 PM

I was unaware of them playing a third song at the end. Where can I see/hear that?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:30 PM

@1:30 PM - "Your average jazz or classically trained musician would run rings around these guys in their sleep"

First of all, you don't know enough about the band members to say that. It's not inconceivable to think that someone at ANY level of musical virtuosity might actually CHOOSE to play rock music, even if it's (gasp!) "simpler" than jazz. Is jazz and classical your idea of the apotheosis of musical endeavor? If so, then IMHO, you should stick to commenting in the "This Week in Average Jazz and Classical" threads.
Second of all, "Your average jazz... musician would run rings around these guys in their sleep." Really? Doing what? Playing jazz? Cause then they'd be running rings about those guys in MY sleep, too.
'Cause I'd be so bored I'd be asleep! Get it?
I just said that for the zing - I like jazz just fine, but I'd rather listen to rock, most of the time.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 7:09 PM

are you people fucking serious???? this is the most mediocre piece of shit i've heard since wolf parade, which i listened to for a second yesterday and instantly regretted.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:00 PM

7:09 - Imagine if you took the "musician" paradigm and applied it to any other field...say, someone claiming that some other person is the "best" doctor out there because they know how to apply Neosporin & a Band-Aid to a papercut. Absurd, yes? I mean, you'd have to be an idiot to claim otherwise. And yet when it comes to music, any douchetard who knows 3 chords and can spend $300 at a pawn shop can be a "guitar god" to a bunch of even lesser fucktards who have no idea what they're talking about. Your proposition is pathetically absurd.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 10:21 PM

Anyone who's truly interested in hearing Phoenix' catalog might be well advised to start with Alphabetical, which I still feel is one of the best true "albums" of music in the past decade. Every great song is followed by yet another great song. Their production is so wonderfully "dry" and without gimmickry, the tunes sound as fresh today as they did the first time I heard them. Phoenix, like Air, crafts MEMORABLE pop songs, which are then memorably sequenced into memorable albums - a truly difficult feat. Phoenix' music is timeless, not merely timely.

Posted by Mozz | April 7, 2009 10:05 AM

First, Listen to the above post, someone who at least knows something about the band. Then go out & buy "It's Never Been Like That". Regardless if you hate their sound, they have come out with some of the best rock-pop songs out there.

Go Buy "It's Never Been Like That"

Posted by RC | April 7, 2009 10:42 AM

"its never been like that" has been in my rotation for years. Exceptional record.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2009 2:06 PM

Those vocals definitely were not "100% live," as one put it, and that's not a chorus effect either. Those are guide vocals, cranked up to the point that they are louder than the live vocals on "1901." Listen closely and you can hear the guy go flat and get out of sync. Plus just watch during the chorus of "1901" and use your brain.

It's only in the chorus; the verses are live because he cracks at the beginning of each line. I know he does it on purpose on the studio version, but it's worse here.

Vocals weren't the only thing on that guide track either...

Posted by thebernreuter | September 23, 2009 11:55 PM

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