Another New Video from Big Grams

April 7th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Greg

Just last week, Big Grams – the collaboration between Phantogram and Big Boi – released a pair of animated music videos.

Now they’re back with another new live-action vid directed by longtime Outkast video collaborator Bryan Barber, and they’re gettin’ their Furry on. On their Skrillex-aided “Drum Machine,” Redd Wolf (Sarah Barthel), Dabs the Squirrel (Josh Carter) and Purp (Big Boi) go clubbin’ and crashin’ the party…

Simultaneously, Big Grams have also released a new “Drum Machine” re-mix EP featuring five fresh takes on the tune from Chris Lake, Slaptop, Fareoh, Melé and Naderi, now available for purchase or stream.


Phantogram Joins the Flaming Lips in Album Tribute to “Sgt. Pepper”

October 27th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

With a Little Help From My Fwends

On Tuesday (October 28), the Flaming Lips are releasing their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute album. It’s titled With a Little Help From My Fwends, and oh what a bunch of fwends are helping them out, including the Local 518’s own Phantogram.

You can listen to the album now at NPR’s First Listen

Proceeds from the benefit album will go to the Bella Foundation, an Oklahoma City nonprofit organization that aids low-income, elderly and terminally ill pet owners with their veterinary bills.

The Lips themselves appear on six of the songs (including classics like “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life”) and the Lips’ new side-project, Electric Wurms, perform “Fixing a Hole.”

A delightfully diverse array of special guest artists are featured on the album, including J. Mascis, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara, Foxygen, Dr. Dog and, yes, Miley Cyrus, who sings on two tracks.

Meanwhile, Phantogram teams up with Julianna Barwick and Spaceface to contribute their ethereal electro-pop waltz rendition of “She’s Leaving Home.”

Here’s the complete track listing for With a Little Help From My Fwends:

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Phantogram’s “Voices”: Review Round-up

February 20th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Phantogram’s new album Voices was released this week, so we thought we’d give you an idea of what critics all around the country are writing about Sarah Barthel, Josh Carter and their new music:

From Matt Moore at Associated Press: “Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have found an equilibrium that pulls the very best of each other’s talents to the forefront and blends it for songs that have a stunning heft. This isn’t music for jubilant parties. This is music for listening, parsing for meaning, for introspection and for making bold declarations that, as the song ‘Howling at the Moon’ proclaims: ‘Let the shooting stars, let the crashing cars, let the future pass, wasn’t made to last.’ Phantogram has crafted an epochal album, a generational capstone that will reside in the playlists for a generation to come and returned to in times of heady joy and nostalgic reminiscence, too.”

From Nathan Stevens at PopMatters: “There’s a fairly common trope dominating parts of the indie music world and it goes like this: pixie voice female leads a band surrounded by male orchestrated electronics. Just look at the way Purity Ring and Chvrches have been lauded by critics. There are even mutated versions of this theme: the twisted insanity of Crystal Castles and the one-woman pop machine that is Grimes. But if there’s one outfit ready to flip this trope on its head it would be Phantogram. With their newest album the New York-based duo have turned from a promising indie-rock group into a full-fledged, ass-kicking, genre-mashing superhero team.”

From Stuart Berman at Pitchfork: “[Sarah Barthel’s] not afraid to place herself in a vulnerable position in service of a song, and on Voices‘ most immediately arresting tracks — in particular, the back-to-back, arena-rattling R&B bangers ‘Black Out Days’ and ‘Fall in Love’ — she invests her performances with a heightened sense of desperation that feels raw and real. Likewise, her wistful turn on ‘Bill Murray’ serves as the album’s emotional center; though it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the iconic actor, the song’s soft-focus synth washes and hazy-headed romantic longing would be right at home on the ‘Lost in Translation’ soundtrack.”

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LIVE: Phantogram @ Upstate Concert Hall, 12/7/13

December 20th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs and video by Tim Reidy

Saratoga Springs electro-popsters Phantogram took over the Upstate Concert Hall for their homecoming concert earlier this month, and to absolutely no one’s surprise, the place was jam-packed sold out.

After all, in recent months the dynamic duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have released their new self-titled EP (named the Best EP of 2013 by Paste), landed their song “Lights” on the soundtrack album for the blockbuster movie “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and announced their next album Voices would be released in February.

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Phantogram Ranks No. 1 On Paste’s Top 10 EPs of 2013

December 16th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Sarah Barthel of Phantogram @ Pearlpalooza (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Sarah Barthel of Phantogram
(photo by Stanley Johnson)

The folks at Paste compiled a list of the Top 10 EPs of 2013, and Saratoga Springs’ electro-pop duo Phantogram snapped up first place honors.

Here’s the list and what they had to say about Phantogram’s self-titled EP:

10. Andrew Bird, I Want to See Pulaski at Night
9. Wild Nothing, Empty Estate
8. The Men, Campfire Songs
7. Parquet Courts, Tally All the Things That You Broke
6. Kurt Vile & the Violators, It’s a Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)
5. CHVRCHES, The Mother We Share
4. PHOX, Confetti
3. Destroyer, Five Spanish Songs
2. The Flaming Lips, Peace Sword
1. Phantogram, Phantogram
“Phantogram’s self-titled EP is concise—just four tracks—but it offers a taste of what’s to come on the band’s recently announced new full-length, which is due out Feb. 18. All four songs are expected to be on the forthcoming LP (titled Voices), and it’s a good thing, because they’re all great. Opener ‘Black Out Days’ features Sarah Barthel wailing over an absolutely killer beat, and Josh Carter handles lead vocals on the dialed-back-but-equally-stunning ‘Never Going Home,’ insisting that ‘if this is love, I’m never going home.’ Here’s hoping he sticks to his word—we can’t wait to catch the band on tour once Voices drops.”

VIDEO: Phantogram Performs New “Black Out Days” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”

October 7th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Stepping out from behind her keyboards to front the band, Sarah Barthels led Saratoga-spawned electro-popsters Phantogram through their new song, “Black Out Days,” in the band’s return appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” last Friday night (October 4). Phantogram’s self-titled, four-song EP was released earlier in the week…

Music Notes & News: Phantogram, Spyro Gyra, Jeremy Denk

September 27th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

It’s been a busy 24 hours for Phantogram, the Saratoga Springs-spawned electro-pop duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter. First they announced that they would be returning to perform on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday (October 3). Then they posted a new song, “Celebrating Nothing,” and announced that they would be releasing a self-titled, four-song EP on Monday (September 30). And they wrapped up the day by announcing that another of their new songs, “Lights,” has landed on the deluxe edition of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, alongside the Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Patti Smith, Coldplay, the National, Antony & the Johnsons. The soundtrack is slated for release in November.

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Phantogram Returns to “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”

September 26th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Phantogram made their national television debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” back on February 2, 2011, and now the Saratoga-spawned electro-pop duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are gearing up for a return appearance on the show on Thursday, October 3.

If you want to be at the taping – and right in the thick of things – GO HERE to enter for a chance to snag a seat on the “band bench.”

And we’re hoping that a slot on Fallon’s show means that the new Phantogram album is about to drop pretty soon…

UPDATE: Yes, indeed! The new self-titled EP from Phantogram is now slated for release on Monday, September 30. And you can GO HERE to hear “Celebrating Nothing,” another advance track from the EP…

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