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After Phoenix stopped by Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (4/5) for a surprise, free show, they headed to Saturday Night Live last night (for their second time) to perform three tracks from their new album, Bankrupt!, "Entertainment" and "Trying to Be Cool"/"Drakkar Noir."
Phoenix's tour brings them back to the NYC area for shows on May 12 at Susquehanna Bank Center with Passion Pit and others (tickets), May 13 at The Apollo (sold out), and October 2 at Barclays Center with The Vaccines (tickets).
Watch the SNL videos below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
Phoenix @ MHOW 4/5/2013
Phoenix have the most amazing drummer. His name is Thomas Hedlund, he's not even an official member of the band, but he's toured with them since at least the last album and he's absolutely essential to their being such an electrifying live band. Dude is a monster behind the kit, attacking it with a ferocity you just don't see in pop and his energy is Phoenix's dynamo.
That energy was needed, a bit, yesterday (4/5) for the band's surprise, free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which was being taped by Sirius/XM to air on the satellite radio network next week. (The band are in town for an SNL appearance tonight.) The show started at 6 PM, which is not your normal Friday concert time (though I could certainly get used to having a show be over at 7:30) and folks maybe weren't given enough time to prime. But by the time of mid-set appearance of "Girlfriend," the crowd was ready to dance.
That said, Thomas Mars had no problem working the crowd. Dressed as usual in low-slung jeans and an untucked oxford, his preferred stage position was standing on top of his monitor, a move that never failed to elicit screams. He also jumped into the crowd for a couple songs, spent most of the new album's mostly-instrumental title track (which was smooshed with "Love Like Sunset") laying on the stage resting his head against that monitor, and finished the night atop the soundboard in the back of the room, thanking the crowd.
Current single "Entertainment" opened their MHOW set, which was rather heavy on the new album, still two weeks away from release. Bankrupt! is awash in glistening, '80s style synths and I'm not sure if it has anything as immediately winning as "Lisztomania" or "Consolation Prizes" but a number of songs wedged into my brain last night: "The Real Thing," with its "In the Air Tonight" backbeat; and the ELO-ish disco of "Trying to Be Cool" sound like singles to me. "SOS in Bel Air" is pretty catchy too. We got most of Bankrupt! -- minus record's two closing songs "Borgeois" and "Oblique City." The band seemed to be having fun playing the new material, at least from the side of the stage I was on. Guitarist Laurent Brancowitz was all smiles all night.
There were also established favorites too, banging out "Lasso," "Lisztomania," and "Long Distance Call" early in the set and finishing the night with "Armistice" and "1901" from Wolfgang Amedeus Phoenix and then an encore of "Countdown" and "Rome." I woulda liked to have gotten "Consolation Prizes" and "Everything is Everything," but those are quibbles. Really good show... and over before dark.
This was, of course, a very small place for them to play (though they did it last time around too) and their two other upcoming NYC shows are increasingly large: The Apollo on May (sold-out) and then Barclays Center on October 2 (tickets). And you can watch them tonight on SNL. Look out for the drummer.
More pictures, plus the setlist and a couple videos from Music Hall of Williamsburg, are below.
line outside MHOW a little after 8 AM (via @lancelancington)
As mentioned, Phoenix are playing a surprise Brooklyn show TONIGHT (4/5) before Saturday's SNL appearance, and as rumored, it will in fact be at Music Hall of Williamsburg, according to the band's facebook. They write:
Brooklyn, NY! The free show tonight is at Music Hall of Williamsburg!! Limited number of entry wristbands are available from the box office from 10am-11am today. Doors 5pm, stage time 6pm!!!Those will go really fast so act quick. If you don't get one, subscribers can also listen on SiriusXM.
Also at 10 AM today, tickets to Phoenix's much bigger Brooklyn show, which happens at Barclays Center on October 2 with The Vaccines go on sale. The band also play a sold out show at The Apollo on May 13.
Updated dates are listed, along with the video "Entertainment" off their upcoming album, Bankrupt! (due out 4/23), below...
Phoenix @ Portland's Crystal Ballroom, March 30, 2013 (more by Autumn Andel)
Brooklyn, NY! Free show tomorrow, April 5th at 6pm sharp!! Limited number of entry wristbands available from venue box office from 10am-11am tomorrow!!! First comes first served basis, one per person. Venue details to be revealed here at 7am tomorrow...As to where the show is happening, we don't know for sure but there have been a few Craiglist ads and rumors that say Music Hall of Williamsburg. We'll know for sure in the morning.
Phoenix's new album, Bankrupt!, is out April 23. They play a sold-out show at the Apollo on May 13, and tickets to their Barclays Center show on 10/2 with The Vaccines go on sale Friday (4/5)at 10 AM.
Phoenix also just released a homemade performance video of them doing "Entertainment" from the new album and you can watch that below.
Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.
In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.
Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
photos by Autumn Andel
Phoenix @ Crystal Ballroom -- March 30, 2013
As mentioned, Phoenix, who are currently touring the west side of the United States, ard bringing their tour to NYC for a show at The Apollo on May 13. Tickets for that intimate show, which were sold through a lottery system, are now sold out, but the band whose last NYC show was at Madison Square Garden will return for a show closer to that size on October 2 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Support at that show comes from The Vaccines and tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/5) at 10 AM.
You can also catch Phoenix much sooner in New Jersey the day before the Apollo show for WRFF Radio 104.5's 6th Birthday Show at Susquehanna Bank Center (5/12) with Passion Pit, Silversun PIckups, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Airborne Toxic Event, Paramore, and twenty one pilots. Tickets for that show are still on sale.
And though we have to wait until May to see them live in NYC, they'll be here much sooner as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this Saturday (4/6). That happens on their way over to Indio, CA for Coachella, which is less than two weeks away.
Updated dates are listed along with more pictures from Phoenix's Saturday night show in Portland, below...
Nick Cave @ SXSW 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of the Grand Dammes of the music festival world Glastonbury 2013 will happen June 28 - 30 in the UK town of the same name. (They skipped last year.) Announced acts include The Rolling Stones, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, Elvis Costello, Kenny Rogers (!), Portishead, Foals, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Billy Bragg, PiL, Smashing Pumpkins, Chic, Cat Power, The Horrors, Rodriguez, Palma Violets, Savages, Crystal Castles and a whole lot more.
No word on tickets yet. You can check out the full line-up on the flyer below.
DOWNLOAD: Blood Orange - "Entertainment" (Phoenix remix/cover) (MP3)
Phoenix at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Phoenix have been rolling out information on their new album, Bankrupt!, which is due out on April 23 via Glassnote, and they've also been revealing tour dates. None of those previously scheduled dates were in NYC, but they've now finally announced they'll play The Apollo Theatre on May 13. Tickets will be available through a lottery system that you can enter by registering now. Registration is open from now until Thursday (3/28) at noon. You have to register to enter the lottery but registration does not guarantee tickets to the show.
In related news, Blood Orange remixed/covered Phoenix's newest single, "Entertainment" (like Dinosaur Jr. just did). You can download that remix/cover above and stream it, along with the list of all upcoming Phoenix dates, below...
Vampire Weekend at ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
We're still a month away from an official Lollapalooza 2013 line-up announcement, but The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot is reporting that Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, the National, The Postal Service, and the Killers are playing. Lollapalooza 2013 will happen August 2 - 4 at Chicago's Grant Park.
by Bill Pearis
Phoenix's new album, Bankrupt!, is out next month and the French band have been dripping out things to keep us interested until then. (Some of you may have turned the faucet wide open on the LP already.) The band got Dinosaur Jr. to cover their new single "Entertainment," and J Mascis and crew turn it into a stripped-down, bluesy slow jam that might just best the original. You can stream it, along with Phoenix's version, below.
It was probably the most-anticipated episode of Saturday Night Live of the season, with Justin Timberlake on double duty as host and musical guest. The writers love JT and they show usually pulls out all the stops for him. Last night (3/9) was no different. Jay-Z showed up for "Suit and Tie," giving us a preview of what to expect this summer (like at Yankee Stadium on 7/19). He also performed "Mirrors."
Jay-Z was only one of what was one of the most guest-star-filled episodes ever. This was JT's fifth time hosting which put him in the Five Timers Club, where Paul Simon, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, and Chevy Chase were to greet him. (Dan Ackroyd tended bar and Martin Short was there too.) Ackroyd and Martin reprised their wild-and-crazy Festrunk Brothers characters for a dating gameshow sketch that also featured JT and Andy Samberg as the "Dick in a Box" roles. Timberlake also put back on the "bring it on to ____ville" costume, this time as a block of tofu for a vegan restaurant.
The next new SNL is April 6 with Melissa McCarthy hosting and Phoenix as musical guests. Clips from last night's SNL are below.
Phoenix's new album, Bankrupt! is on the way (due out 4/23 via Glassnote) and they just made a music video for its first single, Entertainment,". The clip, directed by Patrick Daughters (who did some of Feist's best-known videos), takes the song's Asian-y keyboard line as inspiration, turning the video into a miniature epic drama. Check it out below...
by Andrew Sacher
Phoenix finally revealed details for their new album, Bankrupt! (which is due out 4/23 via Glassnote), last week, and now we've finally gotten a chance to actually hear a song from it. It's called "Entertainment" and it definitely sounds like Phoenix. Watch the lyric video below...
by Andrew Sacher
As you may know by now, details on the new Phoenix album have been slowly trickling out (because, you know, it's 2013 and new albums can't be announced without six teasers) but now it looks like we finally have all the info on it. (Almost?) It's called Bankrupt!, the just-revealed artwork is above, and the tracklist is below. We also now know that the exact release date is April 22 in the UK and April 23 in the US via Loyaute/Glassnote, and that it was co-produced by the band themselves and Philippe Zdar. Still waiting to hear a song from it though...
The tracklist and a note from the band about the announcement below...
Phoenix at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
First, Phoenix announced that their long awaited followup to 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix would be out this April, then they revealed that it's called Bankrupt! and made their first North American show announcement of 2013: New Orleans Jazz Festival. They've since been revealed as a Coachella headliner and now they've got even more North American dates scheduled, including one that's not too far from NYC: Columbia, MD's Sweetlife Festival, which goes down at Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 11 (about a 3 and a half hour drive from NYC). Their schedule currently has a week or so free on either side of of the Sweetlife fest...hmm.
And the rest of Sweetlife lineup ain't too shabby either. Joining Phoenix will be Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Solange, Youth Lagoon, Holy Ghost!, Gary Clark Jr, MS MR, and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (2/8) at 10 AM with a presale beginning on Wednesday (2/6).
The full lineup and announcement video for Sweetlife, and a list of all Phoenix dates below...
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
Phoenix at MSG in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
As mentioned, Phoenix are finally releasing the followup to 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix this April and yesterday they revealed on facebook that the album will be called Bankrupt!. It was recently revealed that they will be will be playing German festival Rock am Ring & Rock im Park and they've now just revealed that they'll be at this year's New Orleans Jazz Festival, which goes down from April 26-28 and May 2-5 (Phoenix play May 4), their first announced US date in over two years.
Other artists playing include Frank Ocean and Fleetwood Mac (who will be on their first tour in a while), who both play the same day as Phoenix, Patti Smith, The Black Keys, Band of Horses, Andrew Bird, Calexico, Gary Clark Jr., Jill Scott, Earth, Wind and Fire, BB King, Willie Nelson, Roy Ayers, Jimmy Cliff, and many more. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. The full lineup is below.
Phoenix @ MHOW 2009 (more by Boa Ngyen)
It's been almost four years since Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix took Versailles rockers Phoenix into the big leagues of Saturday Night Live (they got an unheard of three songs) and playing Madison Square Garden with Daft Punk. For those who have been biting their nails waiting, Rolling Stone is reporting that Phoenix have finished work on LP#5 which will be released in April, 2013. The news was revealed at a Spotify event by Daniel Glass who runs Glassnote Music, Phoenix's label.
Phoenix at MSG (more by Andrew St. Clair)
"How a small group specialist woodworkers from Versailles, heir to the French touch to the end of the 1990s - and which the singer Thomas March is married to the trendy Sofia Coppola -, he managed to conquer America? How is it imposed before stars such as David Byrne, Brian Eno or Depeche Mode During the Grammy Awards, winning the Award for best album alternative rock? With Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, album sold more than 2 million copies, the group constitutes a true musical phenomenon."Forgive the poorly worded synopsis for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - From A Mess To The Masses (thanks Google Translator), a documentary on Phoenix which is viewable in full below. Be warned though, portions of the documentary are entirely in French. Phoenix recently recorded material for their new LP, though no word on a release date thus far.
Speaking of France (first Justice and now Phoenix) (not to mention that Daft Punk cameo in the Comic Con pics), the country will be repping hard with its more up and coming bands during CMJ in NYC this week:
FRANCE ROCKS CMJ NIGHTS'Both shows are free with RSVP.
DAY #1: Wednesday October 19th - Hiro Ballroom
8pm - The Lanskies
9pm - Hindi Zahra
10pm - The Two
11pm - Revolver
12am - Chateau Marmont
DAY #2: Thursday October 20th -Hiro Ballroom
9pm - Stranded Horse
10pm - The Inspector Cluzo
11pm - Zenzile
12am - Make The Girl Dance
Revolver & Chateau Marmont both also play Joe's Pub as part of an ongoing tour.
Check out Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - From A Mess To The Masses below.
Dirty Projectors and Wavves also opened the show (Wavves's first of two shows for the evening). The second was at Purevolume House with Matthew Dear and Two Door Cinema Club who headline Webster Hall tonight (10/21).
The MSG show was announced way before CMJ, but then became a CMJ show when CMJ announced the final CMJ lineup, though reportedly only very few badges were let in, and those badge tickets went to people who showed up to pick the tickets up at CMJ headquarters early that morning. Those who showed up early to the large venue thinking they'd get in with their badge, were out of luck.
(note from BBG: Quick question- can anyone confirm it wasn't a janitor underneath those robot suits? I smell an MF Doom-style conspiracy?)
A bit more about the show HERE. More pictures, the Phoenix set list (sans encore), and some video of the Daft Punk madness is below.
Daft Punk @ MSG, 10/20/2010 (picture by Jon Alagem)
Phoenix & Daft Punk bow @ MSG, 10/20/2010 (picture by Jon Alagem)
As prophesized, Daft Punk performed with Phoenix Wedneday night at Madison Square Garden in NYC. It wasn't a long appearance - they only came out for the encore to play with their fellow Frenchmen, but it was Daft Punk at MSG! (just in time to help promote Tron during the biggest music week of the year in NYC). Their set included "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" mixed into "1901".
Wavves opened the show at the very large venue to lots of empty seats, and then didn't even get to stick around to see Daft Punk because their set time at Purevolume House was 10pm (Daft Punk went on at 10:50). At least at the Purevolume show they probably got to play to a packed house (not downplaying the fact that Wavves got to play MSG, full or not).
Dirty Projectors played second, and according to Andrew Frisicano, they sounded "HUGE".
photos by Vincent Cornelli
"You ready for some Grateful Dead action after this?" asked singer Julian Casablancas early in the Stokes set, referring to Furthur, the band led by the Dead's Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, already in progress at the eastern edge of the polo field. The uncertain response suggested fans were staying put - just as others were for Furthur. The Strokes sounded exceptionally muscular in the park's expansive setting. Fabrizio Moretti contributed heavy beats to "Vision of Division" and "Reptilia," as Casablancas eased his vocals from deadpan to excited and back again. "This is It" slowly built to a sing-along as Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi created an intricate overlap of guitars. "I remember playing these songs in front of four people," Casablancas said, looking out on the tens of thousands of fans. "It's really surreal." Even, apparently, after all the year's of the band's success. -[Rolling Stone]The Strokes and Furthur were two of many participants (including Bassnectar and My Morning Jacket and Al Green) at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on August 14th & 15th. In addition to sets from Gogol Bordello, Social Distortion, Phoenix, Kings of Leon, and many more (photo sets of all those bands are below), Outside Lands also featured an appearance from "one of the day's best acts" Chromeo ...
"...At about 5:50 PM, one of the day's best acts appeared at the Outside Lands Festival.
The music was thumping, adrenaline pumping, the sun shining, and many in the crowd -- tapping into a singular energy -- could hold back no longer. They put their inhibitions aside and let themselves be drawn to the beats blasting from the Twin Peaks Stage. Some ran, jumped and moved like they never had before, heading toward a common purpose.
Of course, I'm referring to the bum rush of fans that managed to scramble past the guards and bust down part of the fence along John F. Kennedy Drive, allowing scores of people to hustle in before the riot control guards on horsies and the rent-a-guard dudes in orange t-shirts could stop the inflow." - [San Francisco Chronicle]
Videos of the incident, with the rest of our pictures from the 2010 Outside Lands Festival, below...
"holy shit....saw this guy on saturday? night, freaked the fuuuck outta me, thought he was gonna kill me the way he was acting and looking...scarry shit." - alltheircharity
"LMFAO BAHAHAHAHA OMG I KNOW THIS KID!!!?
Wow that's ridiculous!!!" - HuskerDuKid
"i hear? phoenixxxxx!" - DESTROYBOY001
video below (maybe there's no taser actually)...