SXSW Review & Photos: Phantogram Steals Snoop’s Thunder in Rooftop Set



While most bands, fans and industry cats made their way to homeward-bound flights, Crave stuck around Austin to watch the final gasps of the SXSW live music experience on Saturday – and we’re thrilled that we did. Digi-pop duo Phantogram ended our Austin music run on a hugely celebrated highlight performance at a taping of Guitar Center Sessions on the roof of a parking garage in downtown Austin (the same spot where Soundgarden killed it the night before).

The New York outfit, consisting of singer Sarah Barthel and partner Josh Carter, served as the opening act for Snoop Dogg as they pulled heavily from their new album Voices, supplemented by two extra players. From the beat-throb eroticism of opener “Nothing But Trouble” to the celebrated fan-favorite “Mouthful of Diamonds,” Phantogram captivated the rooftop crowd with an impressive light show providing atmospheric supplement.

Straddling the double-edged sword of nascent indie-darling infatuation, the duo have made serious waves at SXSW, packing every venue they played and generating the kind of buzz corporate sponsors have spent the week desperately trying to generate with their own party lineups. This is the time for Phantogram to strike, and by the look of things, they're entirely aware.

Check out our full photo gallery from Phantogram's rooftop experience below.