Phantogram Turn Up Oakland’s Fox Theater

 

Photos by Kola Shobo
Words by Brandon Diaz

Hot off the presses with their second full-length release entitled Voices, the Upstate New York duo brought that boom to a sold out room.

The night kicked off with a mild dose of dream pop by opener White Sea. Fronted by the sultry M83 vocalist, Morgan Kibby, their 80’s-esque tunes wafted through the theater as the cool kids piled in quickly, eager to be close for the headliners. The trio played a near seamless set of agreeable tunes, including “Mountaineer,” just mellow enough to classify as chill, but gallant enough to command attention through bold falsettos, and confident drumming.

But even with garnering fair attention from an audience eager for the main event, the showstopper of White Sea’s set wasn’t their nocturnal, yet dancy “Cannibal Love,” but rather Kibby’s gold Wonder Woman belt and midnight purple pants-gown that drew eyes to the stage.

…and then there was that one group.

With her donning a cropped black and white leather jacket and him sporting crisp white button up and classic Fender guitar, Sarah Barthel, and Josh Carter, better known as Phantogram, brought their unparalleled sound machine to a very excitable Oakland crowd.

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New Release: Gensu Dean – ‘The CL Smooth American Me Remixes’ + Download

 

Dallas producer Gensu Dean is on his way to getting some well deserved shine. Having already received love from DJ Spinna, DJ Premier, and DMC (of Run DMC), the quiet giant has already worked on music for David Banner, Lord Jamar, Sadat X, CL Smooth, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Below, we have a special treat for you. A while back, Gensu was commissioned to work on a remix project for CL Smooth that was never released. This week the project called The CL Smooth American Me Remixes was released as a free download. The music knocks and glides, slinks and grooves, and creates a beautiful soundscape easy on the ears.

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Estelle – “Break My Heart” ft. Rick Ross

Estelle has yet to let us down; her albums get better as her career moves forward even after the enormous jolt of “American Boy,” the Kanye West collaboration which brought UK rapper/singer Estelle to the US public eye. The next Estelle album will be called All of Me and judging from the new single “Break My Heart” ft Rick Ross, we’re happy to get even a piece of her. She also worked with David Banner and Daley recently on this track, “Benz.”

Buy “Break My Heart” ft. Rick Ross [Atlantic Records]

Buy “Benz” with David Banner and Daley [iTunes]

David Banner & 9th Wonder ft. Erykah Badu: “Silly” + MP3

Erykah Badu does her thing on David Banner‘s new single “Silly.” Off his upcoming album Death of a Popstar, produced by 9th Wonder and scheduled to be released on December 21st.

David Banner & 9th Wonder ft. Erykah Badu: “Silly” [MP3]
 

Dwele’s “I Wish” from Upcoming W.ants W.orld W.omen

We’re ready for Dwele‘s W.orld W.ants W.omen, his follow-up album to Shadows of A Man to be released this Tuesday. Dwele explains, “W.W.W. is separated into three sections, representing different aspects of myself as an artist.”

“I Wish” is the second track on the album, naturally in the ‘Wants’ section, featuring duets with Raheem DeVaughn and David Banner. The album also features guest spots by Slum Village, DJ Quik, Kindra Parker and Monica Blaire & Lloyd Dwayne. We’re feeling it. What do you think – must buy the new album on Tuesday?

Dwele  – “I Wish”
 

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