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High Five

Phoenix: Five albums later

Phoenix had already been kicking around its native France a few years before its appeal rippled worldwide. Right from the start, based on singles like “If I Ever Feel Better,” you knew it was only a matter of time. The band’s debut, “United,” came out in 2000 and hit the sweet spot between electronic dance music and infectious guitar rock. It took another four years, with the release of “Alphabetical,” for the masses to catch up.

In April the group, which headlines the House of Blues on Tuesday, released its fifth album. “Bankrupt!” ushered in a more synth-oriented sound that felt like a welcome detour.

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Over e-mail, frontman Thomas Mars weighed in on what the band learned from making each of its five albums.

1. “Bankrupt!” (2013) “ ‘Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.’ ” — Bob Kennedy”

2. “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” (2009) “ ‘When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.’ ” — Bob Dylan

3. “It’s Never Been Like That” (2006) “Music can be simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

4. “Alphabetical” (2004) “Music can be complicated, but we insist on making it simple.”

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5. “United” (2000) “Not to follow any advice.”

James Reed

Phoenix performs at the House of Blues, with the Vaccines in the opening slot, on Tuesday, 8 p.m. (The show has been moved from Agganis Arena.) Tickets: $49.50. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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