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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!

Big Grams at Irving Plaza (December 21, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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On December 21 I took in my final show of the year, with the debut NYC performance from Big Grams, the new collaboration between Big Boi and Phantogram. The show went down at Irving Plaza, and was an intimate first look at the new group that set out to mix both hip-hop with electronic pop/rock.

The Big Boi/Phantogram partnership was first revealed on Big Boi’s 2012 album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which featured three collaborations between the two. With the Outkast reunion and Phantogram’s own new material their collaboration took longer than we anticipated, but last September saw the released of their debut self-titled EP via Epic Records.

Their Irving Plaza show featured all of the EP plus a few as well as favorites from both artists catalogues, such as Phantogram’s “Black Out Days” and Big Boi’s “CPU.” The latter being one of the earlier collaborations between the two, paved the way for mash-ups of sorts of both artists tracks, such as “Ms. Jackson” being teamed up with “Mouthful of Diamonds” and “The Way You Move” tied into “Don’t Move.” It was great to hear both artists material turned into something completely new and exciting.
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Governors Ball 2016 Single Day
Last month the 2016 Governors Ball Music Festival lineup was announced, and it’s another exciting year for the hometown New York festival. We’re excited to return this year and can’t wait for June to get here.

Tickets have been on sale for about a month now, but it wasn’t until today that single day passes went on sale. You can find the entire single day lineups posted in the image above (as well as a written out version below), making it easier for those who are only interested in a certain headliner or group of acts to get in on the action.

Head here to buy single day (as well as 3-day passes), but don’t wait too long on it, the single day passes are more limited than the regular 3-day passes, so they won’t last nearly as long.
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Alt-J at Madison Square Garden (March 30, 2015)

By Will Oliver, March 31st 2015

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As a fan of Alt-J, even I was caught off guard when they announced that they were playing Madison Square Garden. They only just released their debut album An Awesome Wave three years ago. But with the release of their sophomore album This Is All Yous last year, the Leeds-based group have only gotten bigger and bigger with each passing moment. It took some of today’s prolific acts such as Arctic Monkeys nearly double that amount time to finally grace the stage of the world’s most famous arena, so many people doubted that Alt-J were ready for these huge leap into the big time. Last night they proved all the doubters wrong as they not only sold out The Garden, but they put on a bold and confident performance that filled out the large space with ease.

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The night was started with a set from Phantogram, the New York duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter. Their career arc isn’t too different from Alt-J, starting from humble beginnings (Barsuk Records), and now one of the more popular acts in the game (they’re now on Republic Records). They got the show started with a energetic set that saw many of their own fans in the crowd, just as eager to see them as Alt-J. No surprise, as Phantogram always deliver a thunderous live performance led by Barhel’s mesmerizing vocals and a electronic-rock hybrid sound that hits like a hammer. This was my first time seeing them since their set at Governors Ball three years ago, so I’d say I’m long overdue to catch a proper Phantogram show of their own someday.
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Lollapalooza Anounces 2014 Lineup

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2014


The 2014 Lollapalooza lineup was announced yesterday, and it seems to be garnering some mixed reactions. Headlining the fest are Outkast (duh), Eminem, Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lorde, The Avett Brothers and Foster The People. I can understand the disappointment. While it’s (of course) great to see Arctic Monkeys there, the rest of the list is pretty subpar.

From there, here are some artists listed that caught my eye: Interpol, Cut Copy, Portugal. The Man, Nas, Childish Gambino, Broken Bells, Spoon, Young The Giant, Lykke Li, Chance The Rapper, Phantogram, Grouplove, CHVRCHES, Chromeo, Darkside, The 1975, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent, The Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, White Denim, Typhoon, Warpaint, Kate Nash, Kodaline, Lucius, Blood Orange, Jagwar Ma, Parquet Courts, Temples, NoNoNo, Papa, The Districts, Ratking, The So So Glos,

While the headliners aren’t all that spectacular, the other acts playing the festival are solid. So basically the day section of Lollapalooza may be where the real action is.

Check out the full lineup with the photo above, or check out a day by day breakdown below.
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