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French indie-rock band Phoenix performs on stage at the 13th Annual Non-COMMvention in Philadelphia in May.
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August 12, 2013 The French indie-rock band performs songs from its latest album, Bankrupt!, and the earlier Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix in Philadelphia.
Phoenix perform live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
April 23, 2013 The French pop band has finally released a follow-up to its 2009 smash Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Watch the group perform "Entertainment" on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Phoenix's latest album is called Bankrupt! Left to right: Thomas Mars, Laurent Brancowitz, Christian Mazzalai, Deck d'Arcy.
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April 20, 2013 The French pop quartet is notoriously slow to release new music. But vocalist Thomas Mars and guitarist Laurent Brancowitz say their new album, Bankrupt!, wouldn't have been the same without meticulous self-editing.
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Clockwise from upper left: Nathan Williams of Wavves, David Bowie, John Denver, Phoenix, and Kanene Pipkin of Lone Bellow
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February 26, 2013 On this edition of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen crushes co-host Robin Hilton's little heart in a disagreement over the music of John Denver. Plus brand new music from David Bowie, Phoenix, Wavves and more.
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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros perform a Tiny Desk Concert in 2009.
August 10, 2011 This week, All Songs Considered looks back at three and a half years of live music at the NPR offices.
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April 11, 2011 The four friends in Phoenix started out playing Hank Williams and Prince covers in area bars, but eventually landed a slot as a backing band for Air. More than a decade later, Phoenix is one of the biggest pop bands in the world.
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May 18, 2010 The sounds of the group's best-selling 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix are so ubiquitous to viewers of TV commercials that they produce a Pavlovian impulse to purchase portable music players and luxury automobiles. But at this Tiny Desk Concert, instantly recognizable hits such as "1901" and "Lisztomania" were stripped down and reassembled as sweetly shambling acoustic numbers.
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Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix has been named on many critics' lists as one of the year's best albums.
December 10, 2009 Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the fourth studio album by French rock band Phoenix, has appeared on many critics' best of the year lists, thanks to its infectious pop hooks and '70s disco grooves. The group has been called "Rock's Great French Hope" by Rolling Stone magazine. Thomas Mars and Laurent Brancowitz of Phoenix talk about their music and the album's title, which Brancowitz says his mother apparently didn't like.
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December 7, 2009 We could tell early on that 2009 was going to be an outstanding year for music. Bands such as Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver and Antony and the Johnsons all released new albums, and that was just in January. By the time we posted our online ballot to vote for the year's best music, we had a dizzying array of albums and artists from which to choose. Here are the top 25, as selected by All Songs Considered listeners.
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July 27, 2009 NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music (so far) and kept the race tight. In the end, Animal Collective edged out every other artist in both the Best Album category, and for Best Song. Artists like Grizzly Bear, The Decemberists and Neko Case weren't far behind. One thing was clear: 2009 has been one of the strongest years for new music in recent memory.
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