Phoenix: every bro’s favorite new band

28 09 2009

By Jill Menze (@jillmenze)

Phoenix at Bonnaroo 2009

Phoenix at Bonnaroo 2009

Welp, Phoenix, congrats. You’ve reached the ranks among hip bands like Animal Collective and MGMT and can now proudly add the “bro” category to your list of fans. I guess we can thank the band’s “Saturday Night Live” performance, the Cadillac commercial, blogosphere buzz and its numerous summer apearances for the boost in popularity (or, you know, just the excellence of its May-released “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” but that seems too easy).

Whatever the case, bros came out in droves for Phoenix’s first of two nights at New York’s Central Park Summerstage Friday night. We’re talking American Eagle-shirted, giant-foam-cowboy-hat-wearing, joint-smoking bros, psyched and drunk on $6 beer all for a bunch of skinny dudes from France.

And fortunately, Phoenix delivered the tight, raucous set everyone was hoping for (though the volume was far too low all around, especially the vocals buried in the mix). It’s easy to see why the playful, buzzy electro pop of songs like “Lisztomania” and “1901” have such mass appeal; to wit, there wasn’t an idle body in the crowd (but to be fair, some folks may have been moving just to stay warm, as it was rather chilly for an outdoor show).

The night’s openers Passion Pit is also holding its own for wrangling a sizable bro-rific fanbase, as evidenced by the large turnout at the group’s festival appearances this summer. However, we couldn’t figure out which way the 6 train was running and missed the band’s performance on Friday. My guess, though, is the cowboy hat dudes were equally as excited.

After the jump, check videos of “Lisztomania” and “1901” from Friday night’s performance.

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