The above extreme-stage-right video of Phoenix pretty much perfectly encapsulates Monday's show: loud and dramatic and heavily favoring tracks off Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Based on my shaky recollection, they played every track off their yesteryear breakout, a handful of choice cuts from previous efforts (including "Rally" and "Everything Is Everything"), and an encore where they emerged on top of the soundboard, midfloor, to kickdown a mini acoustic set before returning to the stage to run through the requisite "1901" closer.
If you blinked you might have missed it — French rock band Phoenix went from toiling in relative obscurity for essentially all of the 2000s to becoming Grammy-winning, arena-playing, can’t-get-that-song-out-of-your-dome (and-that’s-still-rad-even-though-you’ve-heard-it-a-gazillion-times) torch-bearers of all things top-shelf indie, circa 2010.
No sooner had PHOENIX wandered off the red carpet, they were handed a Grammy during the pre-televised portion of the ceremony. Click above to see the red carpet video from MySpace music.
Also: Megadeth lost to Judas Priest. Bummer. If you're looking for an extra-awesome Grammys Twitter fix, check out our newly-released celebrity music feed, where you will get instant updates like these quips:
The lead up to the recent Miracle On Tremont show at the Orpheum found us chasing pop stars around Boston, blindsiding them with stupid questions and cornering ‘em for their precious insights. Two of our hometown Passion bros dropped truth on “homo-erotic frat boy” fans, Phoenix chalked their success up to a serious list of studio snafus and the drummer in Spoon regurgitated PR dribble about a “dirty” new album.
It is still 2009 for a few weeks, and so WFNX continues in its quest to get some thoughts on the best music of this decade from every band who passes through town, much like they did with Metric and Sonic Youth. And with Miracle on Tremont Street - possibly the biggest WFNX show since, what, Green Day at the Hatch Shell? - happening last week, they had a golden opportunity to speak to two bands who've had huge years.
jaysvoboda //twitvid.com/85325 - Phoenix. Holy shit. 05 Dec 2009 from API kelseyrkennedy Spoon just made me ridiculously happy. Like, I can't even begin to put it into words. 05 Dec 2009 from txt codydesjardins Passion Pit/Phoenix/Spoon...the concert was simply incredible, yay for good local radio stations.
Photos: Melissa Ostrow
In order to win tickets to today's Phoenix show, readers friended us on Facebook and posted both their favorite Phoenix song and Phoenix article on our wall. Invites have been sent to the winners of the show invites -- we're sorry to those who weren't picked, but a video of today's set will be up on the site in the coming week.
As many people are aware, PHOENIX and THE PHOENIX have many things in common. We're both huge French electro-pop stars, obviously. And when you Google either of us, you come up with results in Arizona. That's what you get for being famous.
Well, after years of people confusing us, getting each other's email, and admiring each other from afar, we've finally decided to prove to everyone that we're actually not the same person -- by showing up together in the same room at the same time.
Phoenix, "1901" (live at the Paradise)
More to come on Phoenix's blowout at the Paradise last night. Until then, we have a ton of video of these guys, starting with their last song of the night, "1901," which is fast becoming their big hit. After the jump, enjoy another song from the Paradise, and another version of "1901," this one from their visit with the Sandbox at the WFNX studios at One Financial Center recorded just this morning.
And as a bonus corporate synergy reminder, if you listen to WFNX's Sandbox morning show, you could potentially win tickets to see these guys in NYC (with Passion Pit opening, no less). Details to be found here.
Oh, and by the way, you can vote for "1901" as Best Song in our Best Music Poll right now: