Nippertown Music News: Phantogram, Ill Funk Ensemble, the Blisterz, the Slaughterhouse Chorus

Spin magazine named Phantogram as one of the “20 Must-Hear Artists at Lollapalooza 2011,” which takes place August 5-7 in Chicago’s Grant Park. Phantogram phans won’t have to travel quite that far to get a dose of their “blending of electronic loops, hip-hop beats, shoegaze, soul and pop,” as Spin puts it. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter will be stepping into the spotlight at Pearl Street in Northampton at 9pm on Sunday, sandwiched inbetween opening act Com Truise and headliners the Glitch Mob. Tix are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

The Ill Funk Ensemble has advanced to the semi-final round of voting in Soulive’s Royal Family Affair Battle of the Bands. Eight bands are currently in the running for two performance slots at the Royal Family Affair music festival that’s taking place at Stratton Mountain in Bondville, Vermont on August 12-14. Based on online voting, the top five bands will advance to the final round where the two winning bands will be selected by Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans of Soulive. You can vote here. The winner will get a main stage performance slot, while the runner-up will perform at the fest on an indoor stage. Voting continues through Monday (July 25).

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“Rebels Without Applause,” the new 14-song album by the Blisterz, has just been officially released. It’s available for download or actual old-school compact disc. And for a limited time, downloads are available in a variety of digital formats at a name-your-own price at the band’s Bandcamp site.

Best Recording Studio Name: Albany’s punk-thrash-meets-country-twang combo the Slaughterhouse Chorus is currently in the midst of recording their first full-length album at their home studio, the John Wilkes Sound Booth.

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