DON’T MOVE, IT’S… Phantogram

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The synth pop visionaries roll onward across the planet, including a stop last week in North Carolina.

TEXT/PHOTOS BY MICHAEL PLUMIDES

With a mesmerizing laser light show, nu-techno synth pop visionaries PHANTOGRAM brought their Cocteau Twins-meets-Massive Attack brooding beats and haunting vocal stylings to the Fillmore Charlotte (NC). It was a balmy Wednesday night marked by an energetic stage presence and clever musicianship.

The Greenwich Village duo, sexy Sarah Barthel on vocals and keyboards (donning a Chrissie Hynde mop, and skin tight black and white paints) and Josh Carter on vocals and guitar, were accompanied by tour drummer Chris Carhart and keyboardist Nick Shelestak. The band played their more popular songs, “Don’t Move”, “When I’m Small”, “Fall in Love” and “Black Out Days” to the nearly sold out crowd of well over 1,000 screaming fans. They were promoting their latest album, Voices, which was released in February.

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The band wraps its North American tour on July 9 (dates this week include June 29 in Tampa, July 1 in Birmingham and July 2 in Nashville), then will be heading to Europe and the UK as well as Austalia, followed by a return to the States Aug. 1 for the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago. our dates at their official website: http://www.bandsintown.com/PHANTOGRAM

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