Phoenix Go Live On Letterman

(Radio.com) With just a brief introduction, courtesy of frontman Thomas Mars (en français, of course), Phoenix kicked off their Live On Letterman performance on Tuesday night (April 30).

This time around, however, the show's name was a bit misleading, since it had been moved nearly 10 blocks away from David Letterman's usual haunts at the Ed Sullivan Theater to the antiquely posh Hudson Theatre.

Filled to the brim with fans — most coming straight from work, still donning their business-casual digs — the place perked up with the first few twinkling notes of "Entertainment," the band's latest single off new album Bankrupt!.

All four members — Mars, Laurent Brancowitz, Deck d'Arcy and Christian Mazzalai – stood in a line at the front of the stage, forming an almost impenetrable wall as they raged through songs from the new record. But even though their stance was uniform, the French band was anything but stiff. On nearly every song, Brancowitz and d'Arcy switched off between guitar and keyboards, sometimes playing both at the same time. Mars made singing look easy as he sweetly strained for the high notes on "The Real Thing" and sassily crooning the most quotable lyric that is definitely worthy of its own t-shirt ("Mint julep testosterone") on "Trying To Be Cool." more.

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