Phoenix Rocks The Fillmore


Just because indie pop darlings Phoenix are, you know, from France and look like they're about 12 (they're all in their 30's) doesn't mean they don't totally rock out. They brought the noise, the strobe lights and the “Lisztomania" last night to an oh-so-very sold out show at the Fillmore. The band's been riding quite a popularity wave this past year (we're looking at you, Cadillac commercial), but definitely lived up to the hype last night with pitch-perfect favorites off of last year's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and a some serious Houdini action (all of a sudden frontman Thomas Mars was in the back of the venue- whoah!) for "1901." Sophia Coppola, you've got quite a man there. He even let us all on stage.

The past 12 months have been a whirlwind for Phoenix. Though the Versailles natives (vocalist Mars, bassist Deck D’Arcy and guitarists Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai) released their debut album, United, a decade ago, it wasn’t until 2009 that the band saw major mainstream success. Released last May, their fourth studio album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, spawned a variety of Gossip Girl-friendly singles. Add to their meteoric commercial success the band’s first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, and it’s safe to say Phoenix had a decent year.

San Diego rockers The Soft Pack opened the show, delivering a solid set of tracks from their upcoming album. Singer Matt Lamkin led the band with the confidence of a seasoned stage pro, but seemed to be just as eager as the steadily growing crowd for the night’s main act. “Next up we have Phoenix—of course,” Lamkin declared at the end of The Soft Pack’s set. Of course, the crowd went wild.

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