Wait...is that...the sun?!? Phoenix parted the clouds at the Main Stage, delivering a performance that seemed to be the universal highlight of Sunday's Outside Lands. These Frenchies (anyone spot Sofia Coppola in the crowd?) are a damn good live band. Can't beat "1901" in a sunny Golden Gate Park. And they opened with "Lisztomania." Solid.
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.
We have a sweet spot for French electronic, pop, and hip-hop. And Phoenix, some of our favorite Frenchies, have climbed the ranks quite quickly over the last year. Even though they've been around nearly a decade (their first album debuted in 2000) there's something about Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix that has people's tongues wagging all over town. Just six short months ago we paid equivalent to $30 to see Phoenix. Maybe it's the Cadillac commercial, maybe it's the SNL stint or maybe it's just the sheer delight of this deliciously perfect pop album, but how did ticket prices to see them jump ten-fold in half a year?
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