Phoenix + Daft Punk Last Night at the Madison Square Garden = Double Rainbow (and Hey, What About That Tron Gig?)
|Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly|
|Phoenix at the Hollywood Bowl, Sept. 18, 2010|
The stage was suddenly sharply awash in bright white triangles and the shadowy, obscured outlines of two new figures, whom much of the audience seemed remarkably disinterested in... until they were revealed to be Daft Punk. Proving the rumors accurate, and the deep kinship of the French self-evident, the Paris electro duo served sharp splinters of ""Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" over the arena's disbelieving clamor (a buzz that went from confusion to abject hysteria in about three seconds) as Phoenix sprinted back onstage to churn out heavy, nearly sludgy rock accompaniment. Sorry, Kanye, but this may have been the best cover ever: perfectly mixed, unprecedented, visceral.