Phantogram @ Music Box (11/04/2011)

Phantogram @ Music Box (11/04/2011)
Sarah Barthel of Phantogram

They came, they saw, they kicked ass.  Phantogram (Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) performed to a sell-out crowd at the Music Box in Hollywood, CA last night.

Reptar was the opening act and in between sets, there were a few lulls in the music which built up the anticipation. With each lull, the crowd anxiously watched for the curtain to rise until they finally made their way onstage. Sarah was dressed in all black, sporting black leather pants, a black leather jacket, and a black tank top.  As she moved to the music, her face was often hidden behind her trademark bob cut, which only added to her mysterious allure. The duo was joined on stage by only a drummer, which only added to the show’s greatness. Sometimes, a live show just isn’t the same without a drummer.

They played all their hits from Eyelid Movies (which is basically every song – the album is that good) as well as new music from their recently released EP, Nightlife.  I meant to get a pic of the set list, but these two are so hip, they don’t even bother with the usual list taped to the floor.  Monitors on the sides of the stage displayed each song as it was performed.

Aside from a shout out to Justin Timberlake just in case he was in attendance (the band put him on the guest list), their wasn’t much onstage banter. Not that it really mattered though…everyone came for the music, not for storytelling. They played one encore before the all ages crowd left with their hearts and ears satisfied.

Phantogram continues their tour in Phoenix, AZ as they make their way east before the final stop in Vermont.  Visit their facebook page for up to date info.