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Coachella Profiles: Phantogram

February 8, 2017

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Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter are Phantogram. Two kids from Greenwich, New York, the duo had been friends since Junior High, but it wasn't until the summer of 2007 the pair got together musically, originally playing live shows, and releasing their first two EPs as Charlie Everywhere for a local area label. In 2009 they signed with Barely Breaking Even, and changed their name to Phantogram, inspired by the optical illusion of a two-dimensional image appearing to be 3D. Multi-dimensional is a perfect description of the band, who has a sound described by Carter as "lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, air vocals" and inspirations that are just as multi-faceted. The band is certainly more than meets the eye. The duo is all about collaboration, with the pair contributing to the Flaming Lips track You Lust in 2013, Barthel guesting on the Miley Cyrus song Slab of Butter in 2015, and the pair collaborating with Outkast's Big Boi on songs for his 2012 album, and again for 2015's seven song EP Big Grams. Sunday, September 7th, 2014 was the highlight of the band's career, as they took the stage to headline FM 949's Independence Jam at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre. Coachella vets, the band will return to the desert and take the stage on Friday in Indio.