Hall of Fame

  • Bands I've Seen Four Times or More:
    • Arcade Fire
    • Nicole Atkins & The Sea
    • Beck
    • Black Angels
    • Black Hollies
    • Bloc Party
    • Blur
    • Broken Social Scene
    • The Brunettes
    • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    • Cults
    • Death Cab for Cutie
    • The Decemberists
    • The Dig
    • Doves
    • The Duke Spirit
    • Dum Dum Girls
    • Editors
    • Feist
    • Franz Ferdinand
    • French Kicks
    • Gorillaz
    • Grand National
    • The Grates
    • Holy Fuck
    • Immaculate Machine
    • Langhorne Slim
    • Les Sans Culottes
    • Love Is All
    • Kaiser Chiefs
    • Mates of State
    • Kate Nash
    • Neko Case
    • The New Pornographers
    • Northern State
    • Nouvellas
    • The Parlor Mob
    • Pavement
    • Phoenix
    • The Pipettes
    • The Puppini Sisters
    • Radiohead
    • The Rakes
    • Ra Ra Riot
    • Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves
    • The Roots
    • Royksopp
    • Salt & Samovar
    • Secret Machines
    • The Shins
    • Slow Club
    • Sons & Daughters
    • Bruce Springsteen
    • Supergrass
    • They Might Be Giants
    • Tilly & The Wall
    • The Tings Tings
    • Titus Andronicus
    • Vampire Weekend
    • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    • Yo La Tengo

Guitar Pick Recipients

  • Recipients of the MusicSnobbery.com Guitar Pick
    • Damon Albarn
    • Nicole Atkins
    • Win Butler of Arcade Fire
    • Laura Cantrell
    • Sharin Foo of The Raveonettes
    • Inara George of The Bird & The Bee
    • Justin Hayward-Young of The Vaccines
    • Dave Hollinghurst of Nicole Atkins & The Sea
    • Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds
    • Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion
    • Sam Isaac
    • JayMay
    • Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand
    • Langhorne Slim
    • Sondre Lerche
    • Emanuel Lundgren of I'm From Barcelona
    • Moby
    • David Moltz of Salt & Samovar
    • Peter Morén of Peter Bjorn & John
    • Keith Murray of We Are Scientists
    • Kate Nash
    • Carl Newman of The New Pornographers
    • Jack Peñate
    • Juanita Stein of Howling Bells
    • Anna Ternheim
    • Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes
    • Katie White of The Ting Tings
    • Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John

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April 15, 2013


Mike Taylor

I feel they same way! I've been on board with them since day 1 and saw them here in NYC for the Alphabetical & Live!ThirtyDaysAgo tours. By the time they started to blow up and I saw them in Central Park, it wasn't the same as "the little indie band that could." They're no longer MY band, they belong to everyone. Happy for their success! Can't wait for Bankrupt!


I was also at their first show. though I admit I stayed for only about 3 of their songs. meh.


I'm literally streaming "bankrupt!" right now via iTunes as I write this and I have to say I take a little different approach when it comes to PHOENIX - more of an experimental approach.

I've been a fan since United, skipped a final (in college) drove from Ohio to see them play Bowery for their first US show and even got to see them play a club in Paris back in spring of '06. Needless to say, I'm a huge fan.

I'm always rooting for the success of my favorite bands (even when it means playing huge venues that I'll never see them in) as long as the quality of their music doesn't deteriorate. But few bands can make that leap.

PHOENIX is the latest of those bands to be put to the test (and now 20 minutes into their new record) I think they've passed.

These French rockers have always pushed the envelope when it comes to their sound and they've continued to innovate without falling apart. Now they're playing huge venues and forcing their new fans to open their ears to a wider spectrum of sound. Ahhh, it's great.

PHOENIX has never strived to play arenas, they've just wanted to make each album better than the last and add another wing to the PHOENIX sound while they do it. Now they'll have the resources to make albums for another decade and up the quality of Top 40 listeners iPods libraries.

So be glad you saw them while you could, but be happy their sound didn't crumble under the pressure of fame and be excited for new PHOENIX albums for years to come.


I saw them at Madison Square Garden in late 2010 and the show was incredible. Granted I had floor seats, but I wasn't in the GA Pit so I did get the arena experience. There are certain bands that I think translate really well to an arena setting (Muse comes to mind) and Phoenix is one of them. Mars joined the audience twice - once he and the band moved from the stage and set up in the middle of the arena (right where i was seated) for 3 songs or so, which I'd never seen before at MSG. The second time he crowd surfed the pit until reaching the seats to the left (facing the stage), then sang from the crowd on the 200-level. Also, they brought out special guests Daft Punk, who you'd never see at MHoW or Maxwell's.

I hear everything you're saying ... just not sure it applies to Phoenix. Like I said, I saw them at MSG and I didn't hesitate to buy tix for the Barclays show. Trust me


That "I saw 'em at an empty Maxwells" is plain wrong. Those tickets sold out the day they went on sale. Malboro - or some cig company - sponsored the whole tour. That's why tickets were so limited and so cheap-- $5, right? The band was much bigger than those rooms at the time. Not MSG big. But not unknown either. Not even close to unknown.

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