Phoenix @ Marquee Theatre

With Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix's breakthrough into the public eye (don't you dare say mainstream, hipster), Paris' favorite quartet lampooned lady-swooning Liszt and classical rock star Mozart. The synth pop heroes are set to return with Bankrupt!, an album that promises to be more experimental. It helps that Phoenix has been working with creative hurricanes, including director Sofia Coppola on Somewhere in 2010. Needless to say, this is an exciting development. Judging from the first single, "Entertainment," it's clear that someone fell in love with Psy. The video resembles a dominantly Korean version of Cloud Atlas, complete with Grimes-like Asian strings. Then it isn't long before the Phoenix you remember loving kicks back in. There still are those cheerful smatterings and optimistic lifts carried over from Amadeus' "1901" and "Countdown." If you wanna hear the rest of Bankrupt!, you'd better see Phoenix when it comes to town this week or you'll have to wait for the April 22 album release. These Coachella headliners are making a massive stop in Tempe, and if you close your eyes real hard, maybe you can picture yourself in Indio, California, only with a lot less PDA, MDMA, and B.O. If you're feeling truly adventurous, you can see how long you can camp outside of Marquee before you're arrested.


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