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Lollapalooza 2013 Day 3: The Cure charm, Phoenix finish strong, and Baroness and Palma Violets burn the rest to the ground

If the first day of Lollapalooza was all about connecting past and future, and the second was a referendum on country in rock, the theme of Sunday was, “Man, there certainly was a lot of music this weekend.” Freed from the confines of a vague narrative (either constructed by the producers or grafted upon it by media types), the third and final day in Chicago’s Grant Park  was simply about finding something to be passionate about and then leaving it all on the field.

A great deal of that passion was reserved for the Cure, who served up a lovely two hours of throwback sadness as one of Sunday night’s headliners. Though his band has already been alt royalty for decades, frontman Robert Smith still draws his charisma from outsider weirdness. And though the Cure’s setlist was aggressively familiar (if you can think of a Cure song right now, they probably played it), it still lent many of their jams some freshness—even Smith himself still seems alarmed at just how sinister the bassline is that lurks underneath “Lullaby.”

He’s charmingly expressive too—during “Friday I’m In Love,” he made a stink face every time the lyrics came around to “Thursday,” as though that part of the week committed some still-unforgivable sin. And though he himself is showing signs of age, his voice remains as powerfully delicate as it did back when he recorded “Boys Don’t Cry,” the band’s first hit and still their encore-closing number.

At the opposite end of the festival grounds, Phoenix provided a Euro alt-dance party for anybody who wasn’t an aging goth romantic. READ FULL STORY

Phoenix drop 'Trying to Be Cool' video for the Creators Project: Watch it here

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For French electro-rock masterminds Phoenix, it never seems that being cool takes any effort.

Still, they managed to craft a track called “Trying to Be Cool” anyway, and they’ve paired it with an in-performance video that brings together all of the necessary elements for true coolness: Ladies in bikinis for no reason, guys blowing bubbles, cannons, a Marilyn Monroe tribute, an angry kid playing chess, solo ping pong, and a dance sequence straight out of Streets of Fire.

Check it out below:

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New Phoenix album 'Bankrupt!' now streaming on iTunes

Apparently, anything Justin Timberlake, David Bowie, and Depeche Mode can do, Phoenix can do aussi.

The French-bred foursome’s new album Bankrupt! doesn’t officially hit for another week, but you can listen to the album in its entirety right now on iTunes.

Phoenix are currently in a holding pattern in between Coachella weekends (they’ll headline again this Saturday, April 20, just as they did this past Saturday).

Stay tuned to the Music Mix for critic Melissa Maerz’s full review of Bankrupt!, and word to the wise: the third track, “S.O.S. In Bel Air,” is the keystone. In the meantime, enjoy the official video for first single “Entertainment” after the jump:

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On the scene at Coachella Day Two: Phoenix, R. Kelly(!), Hot Chip and more

Will they or won’t they? As the sun set on Saturday night, one question hung over the Coachella audience like a cliffhanger in an ’80s dramedy.

Would Daft Punk join Phoenix at the end of the latter’s headlining main stage set? And if so, would there be pyramids, robots, and lasers, or just two Frenchmen pumping their fists in promotion of their forthcoming record?

The evidence stacked up in favor of a cameo from the famed Parisian electronic duo, whose 2006 Coachella set was widely considered the match that sparked the current mania for electronic music. For one, both members of Daft Punk were reportedly in attendance. On Friday, the festival main stage buzzed over a trailer hyping the group’s new record. Plus, there’s a long history of bonhomie between the two groups, including a 2010 Daft Punk pop-up appearance at Phoenix’s Madison Square Garden show.

Instead, we got R. Kelly. The 46-year old Chicago R&B lothario materialized towards the end of Phoenix’s set to play an abbreviated three song medley of “Bump n’ Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” and “I’m a Flirt,” wearing an unbuttoned black shirt, blue jeans, and what appeared to be a crown.

Suddenly, the Empire Polo grounds transformed from a meticulous 80s synth-pop party into a gyrating outdoor boudoir. To say it was weird was an understatement.

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Three rounds with.... Phoenix!

You’d expect four coolly sophisticated Frenchmen to know all about wine. But sake? A few days before their recent return to Saturday Night Live, the Versailles-bred indie-pop phenoms Phoenix met up with EW at the posh EN Japanese Brasserie (a favorite of singer Thomas Mars and his wife, director Sofia Coppola, who live nearby with their two young children) to show just how serious they are about fermented rice beverages, among other things. Over a few of their favorite bottles, Mars, bassist Deck D’Arcy, and guitarists Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai talked about childhood fist fights, popular perfumes, and their upcoming fifth album, Bankrupt!, out April 23.

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Phoenix preview their guest appearance on 'SNL': 'We're looking forward to the final hug'

Your favorite French indie-rock band is set to make its second Saturday Night Live appearance. As they say in French, hourra!

The last time Phoenix played SNL, back in 2009, they treated viewers to three songs — a rare deviation from the show’s typical two-performance format.

Funny story, though — they definitely didn’t want to do it. EW recently sat down for drinks with the band, whose fifth album Bankrupt! is due April 23, to chat about their memorable SNL appearance, among other things. (You can read the full interview in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, available on stands now.)

Read on to see what the band — Thomas Mars, Deck D’Arcy, and brothers Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai — had to say.

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Possible reveal of Lollapalooza lineup includes Phoenix and The Postal Service

Rumors are swirling that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, and The Killers just might be the chosen ones headlining Lollapalooza.

Two anonymous Twitter accounts have been slowly leaking names of artists who will be featured at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, and today the Chicago Tribune reported that the three-day event would feature the above bands as well as The National and The Postal Service.

The lineup hasn’t officially been announced yet, but The Killers are participating in Lollapalooza Brasil and according to their tour schedule, Phoenix will be geographically posed to pop in for a show in Chicago on those dates.

The other bands’ tour schedules show an opening during that weekend as well, so let’s say it’s safe to hope. Calls by EW to Lollapalooza organizers for confirmation were not immediately returned.

Early-bird tickets and special packages go on sale this week for the ninth Lolla festival at Grant Park. The festival runs August 2-4.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Blur and Stone Roses in Coachella lineup

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Blur and The Stone Roses are set to headline Coachella 2013.

The Postal Service, Wu-Tang Clan and Vampire Weekend are among the other acts scheduled to perform. Click below for the full lineup or check out Coachella.com. READ FULL STORY

Phoenix to release new album in April

Phoenix fans who are still stuck in “1901” can set their sights on a new date: April 2013.

The French indie rockers have finished recording their new album in Paris, Rolling Stone reports. Daniel Glass, head of the band’s label Glassnote, announced the news yesterday at a Spotify event. The record will be their first since 2009′s breakout hit Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, which won a Grammy and charted the singles “Lisztomania” and “1901.”
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Phoenix takes flight at NYC's Madison Square Garden with surprise guests Daft Punk

Phoenix-and-Daft-Punk-encoreImage Credit: Anna Webber/WireImage.comPhoenix saved the best part of their concert at Madison Square Garden last night for the very end of the final encore. That was when the band’s French frères, Daft Punk, showed up out of nowhere and drove the already-excited crowd into utter frenzy. Clad in their signature robot helmets, the reclusive duo stood silently on stage at a console and began unleashing serious beats. These soon resolved into a version of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” with Phoenix crunching gamely along, then a tantalizing snippet of “Around the World.” Finally, Daft Punk hung around and added some space-age laser synth buzz to “1901,” Phoenix’s last song of the night. According to Stereogum, it was the first time Daft Punk has performed in public since 2007. That, folks, is how you do a proper encore. (Check out shaky YouTube video of the whole thing at Pitchfork.) READ FULL STORY

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