By Leah Greenblatt
March 26, 2009 at 07:44 PM EDT

E-dubs genuinely likes dapper Parisian synth-rockers Phoenix. Just last week, in fact, we led our Must List with their new single, “1901,” from the upcoming Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, due May 26. But we were a little surprised to hear they’ll be the musical guests on SNL April 4 — especially since host Seth Rogan will probably bring in some of the biggest ratings of the season.

True, high-caliber indie acts (Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio) come on the show regularly. But the alt-inclined musical guests who’ve appeared so far this season — amidst bona fide bold-faces like Kelly Clarkson, the Jonas Brothers and Taylor Swift — such as Fleet Foxes and Ray Lamontagne, have a much higher profile than les garcons in Phoenix (LaMontagne’s last record, Gossip in the Grain, debuted at #3 on Billboard in October; Phoenix has never cracked the mainstream charts Stateside).

So why, we wonder, did Phoenix get the nod? Is Seth a secret Francophile? Does the show’s booker just like the new record? Or is it possible that (sacre bleu!) singer Thomas Mar’s relationship with H-wood royalty Sofia Coppola (he is baby daddy to two-year-old Romy, though the duo are not married) helps the cause? Mysterieuse! What do you think, readers? Are you stoked, or underwhelmed?

Personally, I’ve still got their 2000 super-jam “If I Ever Feel Better” on my iTunes Top 25 Most Played (seriously, it’s a weird list). I’ll be interested to see if, as relative unknowns, they can pull it off.


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