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Phantogram @ Samsung 837 (June 16, 2016)

By Will Oliver, October 31st 2016


After catching a free outdoor performance Blonde Redhead, I ran over to Manhattan to catch a free performance from Phantogram at the Samsung 837 venue.

Fans with Samsung phones were treated as royalty, with preferred seating close to the stage, and priority entrance. For us Apple casuals, we still got some free bite-sized horderves and some drink tickets (go literally when you get in, otherwise the lines insane). Not to mention a 8-song set from Phantogram, which included the live debut of “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” taken from their newly released album.

Find some shots from their performance posted below, along with the setlist.
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Phantogram will release a new album titled Voices on February 18 via Republic Records. This comes after releasing their self-titled EP earlier this year, and almost 4 years since their debut album came out, back in 2010. The album was recorded with producer John Hill in Los Angeles.

The announcement comes with a listen of the album’s first single, “Fall In Love.” What starts with an almost orchestra start is only a teaser. Soon the song kicks into a full out electronic thump jam. Phantogram are back in full force, creating a dizzying flurry of sounds and effects that have become very much their trademark. It’s a jittery and choppy song that is a monster on the production side of things.

This is the type of music that you just want to play at maximum volumes. It wouldn’t make sense not to.

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The latest track that Big Boi has shared from new album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is “Lines”. It features both A$AP Rocky & Phantogram.

Phantogram provide a different instrumental atmosphere than Big Boi would normally be on, which actually somehow sounds like a mix of Imogen Heap and The Killers. Big Boi takes a risk, and it pays off. Respectful move, either way.

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors comes out December 11 via Def Jam.

Phantogram @ Governors Ball (June 24, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 26th 2012 — with 1 comment

At Bonnaroo, Phantogram played at the depths of the night filling out the tent they were in with ease. It was a perfect setting that made them larger than life. The stage that the duo (plus a live drummer) had at Governors was more up to speed. Even though the blistering daylight isn’t ideal for Phantogram’s dark layered music, they made it work, taking over the sound waves for a dominant moment.

They are able to play a compelling set that loudly takes over their entire surroundings. The band who are from upstate New York, now reside in the city. It’s a good move, because these guys are a big fish meant for a bigger body of water.

Band To Watch: Phantogram

By Will Oliver, March 10th 2010 — with 2 comments

I am embarrassed to say that I am late on the discovery of Phantogram. Better late than never. Chances are if I didn’t discover them until now, there is are a few of you who are in the same boat. We are all hear to learn, right?

Phantogram is the duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter who are based out of Saratoga Springs, New York. It is beyond tough to find just one genre description to stick to Phantogram. How could you classify a band to one genre when their music has traces of trip-hop, hip-hop, electronica, and shoegazed rock all at once?

If you take nothing else from this post, please at least listen to this one song called “When I’m Small”.

“When I’m Small” is a song that is needed on every itunes best song of 2010 playlist. It is a song that should be easier to describe because of all the obvious influences, but they wear so many of them so well that it overwhelms the listener — in a good way. One things for sure, this song is not fucking small. “When I’m Small” is breathtakingly beautiful at moments, but smart, dark, grand, and sexy at others.

There is something about Phantogram that really makes them stand out from the rest of their class. They are just fresh and full of good energy. I just discovered them a few hours ago and can’t stop feeling good about it. I am really digging what they have to offer and I hope that this feeling expands even further.

Phantogram are currently on a short tour with Hot Hot Heat. They will then move on to SXSW, so be sure to check them out if your lucky enough to be in Texas.

[mp3] : Phantogram – When I’m Small

Their debut album Eyelid Movies, was released last month on the wonderful Barsuk Records. Support the band by buying their album from Insound on CD, Vinyl, or get a digital copy.

Buy it at Insound!

Governors Ball 2017 Announces Set Times

By Will Oliver, May 18th 2017 — with 1 comment

With Governors Ball just a mere two weeks away, the festival has finally revealed the set times for this year’s edition of the festival. With so many artists that you want to see playing at the same place, there’s naturally going to be some rather unfortunate conflicts.

Here are some conflicts (at least in my mind) that will force some people to make some tough choices:
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Favorite Live Photos of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 26th 2017

Sleigh Bells at Le Poisson Rouge (September 8)

In 2016 we opened our doors and expanded our small team to include more contributing photographers than ever before. As a result, we have a lot of content that we are proud of, and wanted to take a look back at some of our favorite live music photographs taken throughout 2016. Thanks to our entire team for all of their incredible efforts. There’s so much great music happening year round, it’s truly amazing how much of it we were able to be a part of in some way, no matter how small.

So with that, here’s an absolute giant gallery of our favorite photos of 2016 taken in chronologic order:

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Governors Ball 2017 Announces Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 4th 2017

We may be only a few days into the new year but that means it’s time for all the music festivals to reveal their 2017 lineups. Here in New York there’s quite a few festivals starting to emerge, but there’s only one that we have relied on year in and year out: Governors Ball.

They’ve announced this year’s edition of the festival (at Randall’s Island as usual), and it’s as varied and eclectic of a mix as ever. Headlining the festival is Tool, Chance The Rapper, Phoenix, and Childish Gambino. Then you got Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Cafe The Elephant, and Mark Ronson vs Kevin Parker. From there, highlights include Beach House, Schoolboy Q, Air, The Avalanches, Franz Ferdinand, Phantogram, The Head and the Heart, Banks, Local Natives, Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, Royal Blood, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Danny Brown, Michael Kiwanuka, Warpaint, Car Seat Headrest, The Range, The Orwells, Ron Gallo, and even former BBC radio host Zane Lowe.

We’ve been covering Governors Ball every year since the second edition, and are excited to hopefully return this year to see what new memories this years edition of the festival brings. Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday at noon, with early bird pricing starting at $275.

See you at Randall’s Island this summer!
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