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Phantogram – Moving to a Bling Beat

After signing to Barzuk records in late 2009 and making their mark at SXSW 2010, the euphoric and dreamscape musical duo from New York, Phantogram, continue to tour with new material from Eyelid Movies, the group’s recent full-length debut.

Recorded at Phantogram’s “homemade studio/practice space/think-tank/bat-cave” in Saratoga Springs, Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel have put together mood-altering music that delivers all the trip benefits without the nasty side affects.

“When I’m Small” (haven’t we all felt that at one time or another?) slithers with a saunter and a sway, moving from groove to grace within moments of the song. The staring-at-the-sea track, “Mouthful of Diamonds,” seems to tell a tale of deceit and defiance in the face of betrayal to, all to a subtle seagull beat. The track “Turn It Off” contradicts itself in title, as it lays down deep, chunky rhythms and sparkling high hats.

Logging their travels online, Sarah writes, “We are so excited for this tour not only because we are touring with one of the best bands in the U.S., but also because we are going to be driving in a 2010 Cadillac Escalade. Don’t believe me? Fine, but don’t be alarmed if you see us driving down Hollywood Boulevard blasting Lil’ Wayne. You won’t be hallucinating. It will be us.”

Yep. They’re rollin’ with the homies in an black Escalade. Not sure if spinners are included.

Phantogram play Larimer Lounge in Denver on Thursday, May 13 along with Light Pollution and Tommy Metz.

Remaining Tour Dates:

May 14 Riot Room Kansas City    
May 15 Rachel’s Cafe Bloomington    
May 17 Grog Shop Cleveland    
May 18 Maxwell’s Hoboken     
May 19 THE BOWERY BALLROOM New York     
May 20 WRBC BATES COLLEGE Lewiston, ME    
May 21 Jerky’s     Providence    
May 22 Northern Lights     Clifton Park, NY     
May 31 Sasquatch! Music Festival George, WA    
Jun 1 GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL (w/ The XX) SOLD OUT San Francisco    
Jun 2 GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL (w/ The XX) SOLD OUT San Francisco     
Jun 5 HENRY FONDA THEATER (w/ The XX) SOLD OUT     Los Angeles     
Jun 6 WILTERN (w/ The XX) Los Angeles
Jun 8 HOUSE OF BLUES (w/ The XX) San Diego


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