Phoenix at the Pageant, 8/9/10

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Phoenix performing at the Pageant in St. Louis.

Phoenix introduced the element of surprise early in its set. A sample of the eerie instrumental "Love Like A Sunset Part I" faded in through the PA system while each of the six members -- the band's core four, plus touring drummer Thomas Hedlund and keyboardist Robin Coudert -- manned his individual station. The track was interrupted when Hedlund, backlit in dramatic white, launched the band into the hyper-shuffle fan favorite "Lisztomania." Continue reading Ryan Wasoba's review of Phoenix at the Pageant. Photos by Todd Owyoung.