Phantogram – Voices

Phantogram Voices album coverPhantogram’s Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter kick off 2014 with their new full-length, Voices, which hit stores today.

In today’s fickle music scene, where bands can be fanned and faved one day and forgotten the next, the duo has stayed ahead of curve since its 2010 release, Eyelid Movies, by releasing two EPs that featured new material, Nightlife (2011) and Phantogram (2013).

The 11-track release, Voices, does not disappoint. It’s a pleasant mixture of Sarah’s ethereal vocals, electronic grooves, and sick drum beats with occasional samples woven in.  Stand out songs include the lead single “Fall in Love”, “Black Out Days,” “The Day You Died,” and “Bill Murray.”  (Yes, there is a song called “Bill Murray.”)

Phantogram is currently in the middle of a North American tour.  Visit phantogram.com or get social with them for all the latest news.

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Phantogram Tour Dates

Feb 20 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA
Feb 21 Ace Of Spades Sacramento, CA
Feb 22 Palladium Los Angeles, CA
Feb 23 Ventura Theatre Ventura, CA
Feb 28 Salle André-Mathieu Laval, Canada
Mar 01 Mod Club Toronto, Canada
Mar 02 Rum Runners London, Canada
Mar 21 Maverick Music Festival San Antonio, TX
Mar 22 Buku Music & Art Project New Orleans, LA
Apr 04 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 05 CD102.5 Day – LC Pavillion Columbus, OH
Apr 06 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, OH
Apr 08 The Pageant St Louis, MO
Apr 09 Virginia Theater Champaign, IL


 

 

Sleigh Bells and Phantogram to Perform at Treasure Island Music Festival

Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells)_Reign Of TerrorIt was recently announced that Sleigh Bells and Phantogram will perform at the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco this October 19-20.

Tickets go on sale this Friday!

More info at http://www.treasureislandfestival.com/2013/

Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) Vidcaps

A couple of vidcaps of Sarah Barthel, lead singer of Phantogram.  First is from a live peformance at Moog Sound Lab.  Second is from their video “Mouthful of Diamonds.”  Is it just me or does the video remind you of the movie Haute Tension. (if you haven’t seen it, it’s a great thriller!) Click the pic for the full-sized version.

Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) - Moog Sound Lab

Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) – Moog Sound Lab

Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) - Mouthful of Diamonds

Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) – Mouthful of Diamonds

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.

Phantogram Tour Dates

Phantogram - Nightlife coverPhantogram (Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) goes on the road this fall in support of their forthcoming EP, Nightlife, due in stores on November 1st.  If you can’t wait until then, they will be selling the EP at all tour stops. Their new single, “Don’t Move,” is available on iTunes.

Visit their facebook page for updated tour dates.

Oct 20 – Pittsburgh, PA / Mr. Smalls

Oct 21 - Columbus, OH / Outland Live

Oct 22 - Ann Arbor, MI / The Blind Pig

Oct 23 - Chicago, IL / Metro

Oct 24 – Madison, WI /  High Noon Saloon

Oct 26 - Minneapolis, MN / First Ave

Oct 27 - Omaha, NE / Waiting Room

Oct 28 - Denver, CO / Marquis Theatre

Oct 29 - Salt Lake City, UT / The Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT

Nov 01 - Sacramento, CA / Harlows

Nov 02 - San Francisco, CA / The Fillmore

Nov 03 - Santa Barbara, CA / Soho Music Club

Nov 04 - Los Angeles, CA / Music Box at the Fonda

Nov 05 - Phoenix, AZ / Crescent Ballroom

Nov 08 - Dallas, TX / The Loft

Nov 09 - Austin, TX / The Mohawk

Nov 10 - Houston, TX / Fitzgeralds

Nov 12 - Birmingham, AL / The WorkPlay Theatre

Nov 13 - Atlanta, GA / Masquerade

Nov 16 - Washington, DC / Black Cat

Nov 17 - Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer

Sarah Barthel of Phantogram

Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) - When I'm Small

Just when things were starting to get a bit dull and predictable in the music scene, a group like Phantogram comes along and saves the day. I first heard about the group several months ago when I saw the video for “When I’m Small” on NewNowNext Music. Not only was the song catchy, it was also hard to look away from the video’s black and white imagery (and lead singer Sarah Barthel for that matter). Click the pic above for full-sized image.

The duo’s debut CD, “Eyelid Movies” is my current obsession and is one of the rare CDs that you can listen to straight through. Their label describes their music as a mix of “electronic loops, hip-hop beats, shoegaze, soul, pop.” As varied as the description is, that pretty much nails it. You’ll find a little bit of everything in their album. Out of several standout tracks, “As Far As I Can See,” “When I’m Small,” “Mouthful of Diamonds,” and “Turn It Off” are among my faves.

The duo has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and played to a sold out crowd at Coachella. The group hits the road for the eastern U.S. and Canada in July.

Visit Barsuk Records to keep track of their latest news/tour dates and download a free mp3 of “When I’m Small.” And of course don’t forget to friend them on Facebook.

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