Phoenix: with special guests: Cut Copy, Sir Sly

Performing Arts - Music | September 8 | 7 p.m. |  Hearst Greek Theatre

 Another Planet Entertainment

The sixth album by Phoenix sounds like the perfect soundtrack to come from a nation that, despite everything going on elsewhere in the world, still seems to possess hope and joy in great abundance.

The world seemed to breathe a sigh of relief after the French Presidential elec- tion in May. However, when the four school friends from Versailles (Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Brancowitz, Thomas Mars & Deck d’Arcy), now in their early forties, began writing and recording the songs that would make up Ti Amo (10 of them, as always) it didn’t look like they were in step with the national mood at all.

They started work in 2014, shortly after, Charlie Hebdo happened. Then the Ba- taclan happened when they were in the studio, just a 20-minute walk from the terrorist attack on the concert hall.

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