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While Phoenix's new "Trying to Be Cool" clip is technically a live video, there's a lot more going on than the average concert footage typically found in that genre. Shot in continuous takes by the Spanish filmmaking collective Canada, the band travels through a treacherous soundstage facing obstacles like a young boy chess opponent and choosing the right mustache from a board of stage facial hair, before finally making its way into a choreographed and custom-tailored finale. 

"Trying to Be Cool" was produced in collaboration with The Creators Project. Head to Pitchfork to see Phoenix's upcoming tour dates, and check out Laura Snapes' 2011 interview with the directors in the Guardian