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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Video: RBMA Presents ‘What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music’ Trailer

 

Always a leader in guiding the conversation about music, Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), shares with us their trailer for What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music.

The film “explores the challenges that a life in music can bring,” by “go[ing] beyond music, and ask[ing] questions about life itself,” and features interviews from Brian Eno, Erykah Badu, Nile Rodgers, Q-Tip, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Rakim, and others.

Look for it to drop February 18.

New Release: Norvis Jr. – ‘Songs in the Key of Chos, Vol. 1′

 

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Brooklyn based electro-soul artist Norvis Jr. this week dropped his Songs in the Key of Chos, Vol. 1 project, and it’s chockfull of interesting glitchy experimentation. Hearing bits of Nicholas Ryan Gant, Flying Lotus, and Jesse Boykins III in here, along with a whole lot of something else. We like!

NYC & DC: Hiatus Kaiyote Live – November 5 & 8

 

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Hot off their mystifying SummerStage performance a couple months back, we are proud to yet again present Melbourne’s internationally acclaimed Hiatus Kaiyote for two very special shows!

The two nights will take place on November 5 in NYC and November 8 in DC. In NYC, we’ll have opening sets by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Emily King as well as the much loved DJ Rich Medina. In DC, the awesome DJ Thomas Blondet will be opening and setting the night off!

For those somehow still sleeping, the band fuses jazz, hip-hop, electronic, opera, rock and soul to concoct a truly disarming brand of future-soul like you’ve never heard. Hiatus Kaiyote released their debut album Tawk Tomahawk on July 30 via Sony Masterworks, and have received praise from highly-respected music industry staples like Questlove, Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Gilles Peterson, Stereogum, and KCRW. Legions of loyal fans and stans already abound – and with good reason!

NYC Details
Hiatus Kaiyote Live in NYC
with Emily King and DJ Rich Medina

Tuesday, November 5
Doors 7PM

Tickets: $25 adv / $30 door
Purchase tickets

Brooklyn Masonic Temple
317 Clermont Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

DC Details
Hiatus Kaiyote Live in DC
with DJ Thomas Blondet

Friday, November 8
Doors 7PM

Tickets: $20 (advance)
Purchase tickets

U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW
Washington DC

Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote Check In Before SummerStage

 

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Before they rip it at our upcoming SummerStage showcase on this Sunday, August 11, the guys of Hiatus Kaiyote check in with us on their latest.

Giant Step: Hiatus Kaiyote’s fanbase has grown incredibly in a very short time. How does the rush of success feel?

Pez: It’s a bit overwhelming sometimes. The more I think about that stuff, I get goosebumps. It’s definitely overwhelming.

GS: What’s been your most humbling/unreal moment to date?

Bender: Being backstage at the Dour Festival in Belgium with Robert Glasper Experiment, Guilty Simpson and Flying Lotus, while I’m simultaneously hanging out with my parents and trying to be cool.

GS: We’re proud to have supported Hiatus from early on, along with countless other acts we’ve had the honor of introducing to larger audiences; How does it feel to be invited to perform at SummerStage ?

Bender: It’s an honor to be on the same bill as Jose James and Shuggie Otis and awesome to be playing in Central Park. To be included amongst all the amazing artists who have played Summerstage over the years is mind boggling.

GS: When people hear your music for the first time, it’s immediately unlike anything they’ve ever heard; what are your plans for future recordings? Are we going to get a divergence in sound or are you going to dig deeper into the sound you’ve already built?

Simon: It’s important for us to keep exploring new sounds and new ideas. Keep it moving and not keep it stuck in one form of expression.

The fact we’ve just built a new recording studio is exciting because we can extend on our sounds and ideas more so than the possibility we had at our last studio. Playing this much live and touring I think will change the way we’ll approach recording; there will definitely be a lot of live material included on the next record.

GS: A Hiatus show is definitely one of energy; what would you say has been the most profound reaction you’ve received from the crowd while performing?

Pez: XOYO in London, but it’s up there with a couple of other ones. They pretty much sang the words to every song (including songs only on YouTube), singing along to even guitar riffs. They were showing they were true fans.

Simon: I was almost on my knees holding my ears because of the screaming.

GS: Along with the new Sony reissue, are there any plans for new music or projects soon? Anything you can share?

Pez: We want something to come out as soon as possible

Simon: When we finish this tour, we’re going straight into the studio; looking at new release in 2014.