"January 23, 2010"

Phoenix - January 23, 2010

Given the amount of attention Phoenix has received lately, they had a lot to live up to. The band has received a ton of media attention. Even with all the hype, Phoenix did not disappoint at Seattle's ShowBox sodo.

The band started off the night with "Liztomania" which was every bit as lovable when performed on stage if not more, a trend which continued throughout the night. Their set focused heavily on the songs from "Wolfgang Amadeus" and "It's Never Been Like That," though there were several older songs thrown in throughout the night, including "Too Young" and the stripped down "Everything is Everything" which kicked off the three song encore.

There weren't many low points though I found "Love Like a Sunset" to be a bit of bore. Not a total surprise as it's my one skip over song on "Wolfgang Amadeus." The overbooked venue made dancing difficult and the crowd was a bit obnoxious at times. There was plenty to make up for it including the bands performances of "Girlfriend" and "If I Ever Feel Better."

The show wrapped up with "1901" which won't come as a surprise to anyone who's familiar with Phoenix. The first three or so minutes of the song were great, but I think they could have left it at that. They didn't though. After some random sirens the stage was swarmed with thrilled concert goers - mostly female - for an on stage dance party. I'm sure in the minority, but the dance party ending struck me as clichéd and a better fit for an M.I.A. show.

Overall the show was a lot of fun. I give the band credit for having the most bizarre shout out ever, where they thanked the "lovely people of Federal Way" (a smallish suburb outside of Seattle). It's definitely worth checking them out if you have the opportunity.

Set list:

  • Lisztomania
  • Long Distance Call
  • Lasso
  • Rally
  • Fences
  • Girlfriend
  • Armistice
  • Love Like A Sunset
  • Napoleon Says
  • Too Young
  • Consolation Prizes
  • Rome
  • Funky Squaredance


  • Everything is Everything
  • If I Ever Feel Better
  • 1901