Thursday’s show proved that Phoenix is more than ready for the exposure: though it lasted precisely an hour, not counting the encore, it felt a good deal shorter. Rampaging neatly through its set list, the band reinvigorated older songs: “Funky Squaredance” was rendered Daft Punkish with power chords, and “Too Young” became a more euphoric blast of disco.
The new tunes were relentless in their drive, careering from tightly woven verses to horizon-scanning choruses, with a lot of sharp details in between. Laurent Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai, the band’sguitarists, formed a twin engine of riff-based momentum, and the bassist Deck D’Arcy rolled along with them. [NYTimes.com]