By: Elizabeth Wiltshire

The House of Blues Boston was treated by a performance of French indie-pop band Phoenix this past Tuesday night. Any self-proclaimed “indie kid” is remotely familiar with Phoenix, or at least familiar with their hits “1901” and “If ever feel better.” However, the band drew all sorts of people to the show, ranging from diehard fans to people like myself that only know the hits.

With support from the up-and-coming French artist Leather Can, saying that Phoenix put on a great show is an incredible understatement. Between the energy, sheer talent, and enthusiasm of the band, the whole venue was dancing as soon as the band took the stage. In addition, Phoenix has the most stunning visuals of any current touring band. The backdrop changes throughout songs, ranging from a simple white screen to a visual of a waterfall to an animated Phoenix logo.

In addition to the visuals, Phoenix curated a well-thought-out setlist that included songs from all albums, including the hits and more obscure songs. The set opened with “J-Boy”, which quickly got the crowd up and dancing. The audience was treated with hit “Lisztomania” early on in the set, and closed the show with “Ti Amo Di Piu”, a reprise of Ti Amo in which frontman Thomas Mars crowd surfs to the chorus and beat of the song.

Overall, seeing such a legendary and influential indie-pop band was a surreal experience. Phoenix are incredible performers and continue to grow in talent and stage presence. Be sure to catch them on their tour in your city! Tickets and dates can be found at here.

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