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First Listen: Phantom Planet

Hear ''Raise the Dead,'' the surprisingly Arcade Fire-esque title track from the ''O.C.'' band's new album, scheduled for release April 15

Phantom Planet | PHANTOM PLANET

Holy Toledo, Phantoms! When did these poppy Southern California rockers turn into such excellent Arcade Fire-style anthem builders? Perhaps previously best known for an ex-member (actor/drummer Jason Schwartzman) and a TV theme song (''California,'' which opened The O.C. every week), this L.A. quintet has gone epic on the title song from its upcoming April 15 release (reportedly a theme record built around singer Alex Greenwald's experience with a cult) — and it is a soaring, jangly achievement.

Originally posted Mar 26, 2008 Published in issue #985 Apr 04, 2008 Order article reprints

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