Phantogram has been busy being Big Grams (with none other than Big Boi) for the last year, but now the duo is back to work on their own material. It’s been a minute since we got an album from Phantogram (about 2 years to be exact), but they’re currently prepping for their third studio album (also titled Three). “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” is the first track that’s been released and it definitely has that Phantogram sound we’ve all grown to love. On one hand, the track makes you want to move and bob your head, but on the other hand, it’s got that feeling of gloominess and emotion. It’s essentially a dark yet catchy track and has Phantogram written all over it. Check out “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” below!
When Big Boi first collaborated with Phantogram on his solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, no one could really guess that this team-up would go any further than that first creation. However, these two successful acts clearly decided they had unfinished business and have now teamed up for a whole EP under the name Big Grams. They’ve released the first track called “Fell In The Sun” and it’s a feel-good vibe that anyone can appreciate. The song includes the well-known slick rhymes of Big Boi and a dash of tender vocals from Sarah Barthel of Phantogram. It’s essentially a hip-hop/indie pop heaven and anyone that’s a fan of both genres will enjoy this special project. The EP will be released September 25th via Epic. Check out the first track below.
There may not be a better way to ring in the New Year than attending SnowGlobe Music Festival, situated in scenic South Lake Tahoe, to the tune of Disclosure, Flume, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, and Zedd serving as major headliners. The EDM scene has equally dominated charts and fests in 2014, so SG seems like a natural cap to a year driven by DJs.
The most rowdy set should be Flume, with the Aussie-native shutting down the Main Stage as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Skrillex and Porter Robinson will get similar nods on Friday and Saturday, respectively, so who else should you be seeing on Tahoe’s snowcapped mountains?
If you find yourself at SnowGlobe come this year’s end, make sure to check out these other fantastic acts that aren’t headliners.
7. Bro Safari
When he says “bro,” you say “safari.” Bro! Safari!
Stretch appropriately for B’s brand of smooth, melodic trap.
Their falsetto makes all the girls soon.
Catchy beats, chill melodies, and poppy hooks. What’s not to love?
3. Flux Pavillon
FP will be sure to bust out hyper synths and a busy light show.
A wildcard in a fest lined with EDM artists, but don’t sleep on this hip-hop duo. This will be a party.
Phantogram’s bouncy production and seductive vocals will have you feeling some type of way.
Lollapalooza is fast approaching this weekend with main-stage legends coming by way of Eminem, OutKast and Kings of Leon. The annual Chicago music festival held against the city’s skyline is hip-hop top heavy this year, and it make sense when you think about the town’s emerging rap scene. It’s hard to say who’s the bigger or more exciting bill between Em and OutKast, but I may have to give the nod to Slim Shady since Big Boi and Andre 3000 are hitting virtually every U.S. city this summer. So, who else do you have to catch that won’t be playing at the Bud Light or Samsung Galaxy stages?
If you find yourself in the Windy City this weekend, make sure to check out these other great non-headlining sets.
7. Iggy Azalea
Iggy’s breakout summer jam “Fancy” has dominated charts all season. Though she’s a rising name in hip-hop, you already know this crowd is going to be filled with chicks getting white girl wasted. Bring it on.
Haunting, bouncy, and beautiful all at the same time, Phantogram blends sample-based electronic music with lead singer Sarah Barthel’s tragically smooth vocals. Expect a super cool light show too.
5. Foster The People
You probably remember Foster The People destroying radio waves a few summers ago with “Pumped Up Kicks.” Well, their new song “Best Friends” is pretty addicting too. This will be sure to be an awesomely bouncy set.
This Queensbridge-native is a certified living legend, and he’s been performing his classic Illmatic in full all summer to celebrate its 20th anniversary. You don’t want to miss this kind of momentous show.
Flume breeds a kind of electronic music that is quite unlike anybody else. Both brooding and infectious, the Australian-born producer will be sure to deliver a rave for the ages.
Chromeo sets are guaranteed to be funky, fresh, and fun. Expect lots of high-flying guitar and super-soaked synths that sound like they’re blaring straight from the 80s.
1. Chance The Rapper
Hometown hero Chance The Rapper was grossly under-staged last year at Lolla, but this year he’ll be closing down Perry’s stage. With a flurry of syllabic rhymes and an addictive turn-down-for-what energy, don’t be surprised if this MC’s crowd rivals Skrillex or Kings of Leon playing nearby.
Fear of Missing Out is the reason I check my Twitter (and Facebook and email) every second of every day. It is the reason I did not want to stay an extra day in D.C. with extended family. The deep-rooted fear of missing out on something almost always involves friends or girls or dreams. For this mix I wanted to take songs that may seem simple or one-dimensional and uncover their second and third dimensions. I think behind each of these songs there is a vulnerability and fear, and that fear is what makes this tape heartbreaking and relatable. The common fear of missing out that lives within us also lives within this music. And it also doubles as a great mix for your imminent post-NYE depression.
- Patchley – Always
- Beat Culture – Drifter (ft. Psychic Twin)
- Annika Zee – Make It Right
- Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
- POWERS – Gimme Some
- Julia Brown – library
- Trace Mountains – salty/sweet
- Phantogram – Fall in Love
- Burial – Archangel
- Ambassadeurs – Make Me
- Richie Quake – About Time
- Shabazz Palaces – Recollections of the Wraith
- Arjun and Friends – Shut Up and Play the Hits
- Bastian’s Happy Flight – Come for the Early (Stay for the Late) (Sweater Beats Remix)
- SOHN – Lessons (FLECS Remix)
- Yung Lean – Gatorade (Prod. by Yung Gud)
- Alex The Flipper – Rich
- Daniel Wilson – Will You
- Zodiac – Loss Config.
And it’s about time that I know why this keeps happening to me..
Sure Phantogram may have been busy doing some seriously awesome features for the latest Big Boi album, but don’t fret because they seem to be working on releasing their next piece of work. After slightly disappearing for a minute, they’re back with North American tour dates for this fall. On top of that, they’ve treated us to a video that gives us a look inside their new album. Even though it’s merely a couple of seconds, it’s sounding like it could be even more explosive than what they’ve done previously. I’m ready, are you? Check out the tour dates and fabulous video below:
Oct. 6 – Columbus, Ohio, Newport Music Hall
Oct. 8 – Cleveland, Ohio, Beachland Ballroom
Oct. 9 – Chicago, Ill., Vic Theatre
Oct. 10 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue
Oct. 12 – Englewood, Colo., Gothic Theatre
Oct. 13 – Salt Lake City, Utah, The Depot
Oct. 15 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 17 – Seattle, Wash., Showbox At The Market
Oct. 18 – Portland, Ore., McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Oct. 19 – San Francisco, Calif., Treasure Island (Treasure Island Music Festival)
Oct. 21 – Santa Ana, Calif., The Observatory
Oct. 22 – San Diego, Calif., House Of Blues
Oct. 23 – Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom
Oct. 25 – Dallas, Texas, Trees
Oct. 26 – Austin, Texas, The Mohawk
Oct. 28 – Houston, Texas, House Of Blues
Oct. 30 – Nashville, Tenn., Marathon Music Works
Oct. 31 – Atlanta, Ga., The Masquerade
Nov. 1 – Carrboro, N.C., Cat’s Cradle
Nov. 2 – Charlottesville, Va., Jefferson Theatre
Dec. 4 – New York, N.Y., Terminal 5
Dec. 5 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Dec. 6 – Philadelphia, Pa., Union Transfer
Dec. 8 – Boston, Mass., Paradise Rock Club
Big Boi released a new song with A$AP Rocky and Phantogram a couple days ago and it’s a gem. The track is a peek at what’s to come from his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. I like the genre bending that Big Boi tends to get into, and he certainly carries that forward with this track. I fear this track might hit the radio, because it’s catchy as hell, and then it’ll likely be overplayed to death, but for now, it’s a great song that deserves to be heard. And it’s got an all-star cast on it.
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors due out December 11 via Def Jam.
I’ve always found the week after the Super Bowl somewhat bland. I mean, the Super Bowl is such a climax for much of the sports world, and anything that comes after it just doesn’t seem as exciting or big. But boy, basketball took that notion and was like, “sorry, I’m not sorry” this week.
First of all, this Jeremy Lin kid is legit, no? Alright, yeah I never followed him before this week either, but how could you not respect a great underdog story? From undrafted to starting point guard in Madison Square Garden, aka the mecca of professional basketball. That’s fucking awesome. I’m looking forward to tonight’s matchup between him and the Lakers. #Linsanity #SuperLintendo #Linning
Then, there was the already classic battle in college ball between UNC and Lydia’s alma mater, Duke. Austin Rivers was so clutch. See Lydia’s reaction below.
— Lydia Simmons (@SunsetRearview) February 9, 2012
So, here’s a toast to a great week of sports and hopefully an even better weekend for the rest of us non-professional athletes. What’s everybody up to?
1. “Bad Girls (Barbaric Merits ChainBangin Remix)” – M.I.A.
2. “Move Up (Wiz Khalifa x Phantogram)” – The Hood Internet
3. “Paris (DOCO Dubstep Remix)” – Kanye West & Jay-Z
4. “Make You Pop” – Diplo & Don Diablo
5. “Marvin & Chardonnay (Chiddy Bang Cover)” – Big Sean
The mash up duo from Chicago is back with another indie track laced with hip-hop swagger. This time, The Hood Internet blend the psych pop of Phantogram with bars by weed-enthusiast Wiz Khalifa. Neat!
Anthem has had me waiting for new music since he released “God of Joy (Dionysus)” and then “A Boy’s Dream.” Today he’s put out a remix of Phantogram’s “Don’t Move,” featuring his ever-witty lines and catchy flow. His way with words leaves his music stuck in my head for days, and though that hardly ever has a positive connotation, I couldn’t be happier about it in this case. I’ll continue to push Anthem and get behind his movement until he’s on the big stage. I’ll tell you one thing: I don’t think it will be long.
Get excited for Anthem’s upcoming EP, Joy & Pain, which will be sponsored by this here music blog, Sunset in the Rearview.