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Playing to a not quite sold out show at the Brisbane Convention Centre, French alt-rockers Phoenix took to the stage cool, calm and confident. Opening the set with ‘Lisztomania’, the opening song from the most recent album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix it was obvious right away that this was going to be a great show. The band played most of their latest album without neglecting past hits. ‘Long Distance Call’, ‘Run Run Run’ and ‘Too Young’ all made appearances and were received well by the crowd. Singer Thomas Mars happily told the audience that “people in France don’t even know the words to our songs – we have to come to the other side of the world!” The instrumental ‘Love Like a Sunset’ part 1 and 2 were extended and merged together, with a great light show to accompany.

Musically, it was a fairly solid set from the band. Clear, precise drumming backed the bass grooves and synths perfectly. The encore had Mars backed only by Christian Mazzalai on guitar stepping on stage and stripping down ‘Everything is Everything’ and fellow French band, Air’s ‘Playground Love’. The set closed with the real crowd pleaser, ‘1901’. Mars jumped into the mosh pit and crowd surfed his way back towards the stage, bring a few people along with him. A perfect way to end the evening.

You can check out the full set list here, as well as some photos from the night here.

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Whoa! It’s a crazy month – there’s a lot happening and a lot of pretty big clashes on the same night. I’ll be at Phoenix, Amanda Palmer and the Pixies for sure…and we’ll see what happens with the rest!

March 1: Phoenix – Convention Centre

March 6: Evermore – The Hi Fi

March 6: Washington – The Hi Fi

March 10: Dinosaur Jr – Great Northern Hotel (Byron Bay)

March 10: Pavement – The Tivoli

March 10:  Amanda Palmer – The Zoo

March 12: Hungry Kids of Hungary – The Zoo

March 13: The Boat People – The Troubador

March 18+30: The Pixies – Convention Centre

March 20: Angus and Julia Stone – The Tivoli

March 20: Kid Sam – The Troubador

March 23: The Dead Weather – The Tivoli

March 23: Massive Attack – River Stage (Botanical Gardens)

March 23: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – The Hi Fi

March 25: La Roux – The Tivoli

March 26: Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! – The Troubador

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So I just completed my vote for the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2009 – and you should too!

Go here if you haven’t already.

Like any year, it’s not an easy task, but I think I managed to capture 2009 pretty well in my vote…

In no partiucular order,

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So after much deliberation, I’ve finally come to my final list for my choice of top 10 albums of 2009.

1. Them Crooked Vultures – Self Titled

Normally the idea of a “super group” isn’t a great one, but with the incredible talent of Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Josh Homme (Kyuss/Queens of the Stone Age) all put together, the end result is amazing.

Key Tracks: No One Loves Me & Neither Do I, New Fang

2. Muse – The Resistance

This long awaited follow up album to 2006’s ‘Black Holes and Revelations’, Muse dazzled fans with this larger than life album.

Key Tracks: Undisclosed Desires, The Resistance

3. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Combining electronica and indie pop, this French band delivered some of the best singles of the year. Think Air or Daft Punk meets The Strokes.

Key Tracks: 1901, Lasso

4. Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band – Self Titled

Heralded as the ‘new’ Arcade Fire, this Seattle quintet didn’t nearly manage as much media attention as their Canadian counterparts with their debut album. Schizophrenic indie pop at it’s best.

Key Tracks: Who’s Asking, Masquerade

5. St. Vincent – Actor

A release that went relatively unseen by radio stations, but definitely hit big on the indie music scene. As a former member of The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Steven’s touring band, Annie Clark’s sophomore solo album was absolutely breathtaking.

Key Tracks: The Strangers, Actor Out Of Work

6. Grizzly Bear – Veckatamist

Key Tracks: Two Weeks, Fine For Now

7. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – It’s Blitz!

Key Tracks: Zero, Hysteric

8. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

Key Tracks: Little Lion Man, Winter Winds

9. The Temper Trap – Conditions

Key Tracks: Sweet Disposition, Down River

10. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You

Key Tracks: The Fear, Not Fair

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