Last year's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is finely crafted, geeky art rock with dance aspirations, which might be why Phoenix seems to share much of the same young audience that made MGMT's "Kids" a collegiate disco hit. These aren't listeners likely to mind that singer Thomas Mars sounds like a wobbly Brian Eno: To the contrary, his intricate, nonstop hooks compressed into plucky, hermetic synth-guitar grooves were enough to convince critics, Grammy voters, and a host of famous remixers that his metallic whimper on the French band's fourth, breakthrough album is a thing of pop beauty. This listener suspects the show's the thing—they've got a good beat and you can dance to it. All ages.
Thu., Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2010