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Phoenix tonight in the Main Room

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It's never too early in the week for a good old fashioned dance party, and Parisian purveyors Phoenix are only too happy to provide one.

The extraordinarily French quartet surprised the Twin Cities when their summer show at the Varsity theater became one of the hottest and dearly acquired tickets of the summer. The day of the show, single tickets were being trafficked on CraigsList with asking prices of $150 and up.

So very French. Phoenix's vid for "Lisztomania."

Well, Phoenix's booking manager seems to have taken the hint, and brought the excruciatingly French alt-rock-dance-club-lounge band to the Main Room. It's altogether a better place to see a band like Phoenix. The Varsity is a place built for bands like Low and Bon Iver. You know-- sitting down bands. Sit and think music. With those overstuffed sofas and pillows, the varsity is as inviting and tranquil as an opium den. In short, not the sort of place you really want to go to shake some ass.

The demonstrably French Phoenix's cred has skyrocketed in the last few months, but it's doubtful that there will be the same hungry Hungry Hippos dash for Phoenix tickets at the 1,800 capacity Black Box on First and Seventh. But it's still advisable to get down there early. There's an opener, and cases of jumbo Red Stripes that aren't going to drink themselves.

18+. 8:00 P.M. $18.00 advance/ $20.00 door. With Chairlift. First Avenue, 701 First Avenue North, Minneapolis; 612.338.8388.