When we think of French pop, we usually go back to the '60s—Bardot, Jacques Brel, Françoise Hardy. But today we've got Phoenix , France's finest

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Best French Music Since Serge Gainsbourg

Phoenix

When we think of French pop, we usually go back to the '60s—Bardot, Jacques Brel, Françoise Hardy. But today we've got Phoenix, France's finest musical export since Gainsbourg. The pop-rock quartet hit the Showbox SoDo on January 23 for a sold-out concert, and put on a flawless performance. Thomas Mars is the ultimate frontman: Charismatic yet humble, intrepid but not obnoxious, he's got an irresistible Gallic charm. Throughout the two-hour set, Mars sang groove-happy hits from the band's 2009 masterpiece Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, ending with a triumphant crowd surf. It was apropos, it was showy, it was epic—the stuff great pop music is made of. —Erin K. Thompson wearephoenix.com

 
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