Governors Ball 2014: Phoenix Brings on the Sunset With Explosvie Set

Phoenix a Governors Ball 2014
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Phoenix perform during day 1 of the 2014 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 6, 2014 in New York, NY.

Influential French dance-rockers Phoenix turned in an airtight set at Governors Ball, which proved to be one of the day's standout sets. The group's songs have always been highlighted by lush, high-energy peaks and pretty, pensive low-energy valleys, and onstage that dynamic was more pronounced than ever, as Thomas Hedlund's explosive drumming propelled the music with an insistent four-on-the-floor throughout.

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As expected, the crowd was undeniably partial to their 2009 breakout album "Woflgang Amadeus Phoenix." The prettiest moment in the set came when they played their two-part opus "Love Like a Sunset" at the same time that the real-life sunset began peaking through the skyscrapers of Manhattan across the water. The highest high, naturally, was "1901," the driving 2009 single that proved to be Phoenix's breakthrough thanks to a Cadillac commercial, which even the most casual fan couldn't help lose their minds to.