Monday, June 16, 2014
Saturday, July 5 @ U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, 10 p.m.
Phantogram nearly crashed the Billboard Top 10 for the first time this year: Pending any second wind, their February release Voices has topped out at a not-too-shabby 11. Given the band’s exposure over the past few years—not to mention a consistent stream of haunting, R&B-influenced trip-hop—it isn’t a surprise how far they’ve come since bursting onto the scene four years ago. But it is a surprise to see how uncommonly steady their ascent has been. The Greenwich, N.Y., duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter were Internet famous in 2010, broke the outer boundaries of the Billboard 200 in 2011, had a guest spot on albums by Big Boi and The Flaming Lips (late 2012 and early 2013, respectively) and spent the whole of last year as soundtrack staples for everything from a Hunger Games movie to a Gillette commercial starring Clay Mathews. They’re a band who is yet to have a year less impressive than the last. And if they don’t stop that soon, they’ll run out of musical successes to accomplish.