Phantogram - Grand Central, Miami

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Phantogram
With Bad Things
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Grand Central, Miami

Better Than: A mouthful of diamonds.

Remember chillwave, the insufferable genre term coined and popularized by Pitchfork? It was a poor way to justify crappy production as a lo-fi aesthetic. They weren't fooling anybody, and after a year, everyone stopped caring.

Few acts -- the better ones -- survived. Phantogram was one of those acts.

See also: Phantogram on New Album, Voices, and Big Boi Saying "I Love Your Music"

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Check out Crossfade's 44-photo slideshow of Phantogram at Grand Central.

Taking advantage of chillwave's atmospheric synths and beefing them up with slicker production values and gorgeous harmonies, the duo's debut album, Eyelid Movies, served as the perfect transition out of chillwave territory, with cuts like "Mouthful of Diamonds" and "When I'm Small" leading the way.

This year, Phantogram's Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter released their much-awaited follow up, Voices, which is what has them touring the country and performing at Grand Central.

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Opening the show was Bad Things, whose biggest claim to fame is that Olympic snowboarder Shaun White is the band's guitarist. It would be easy to dismiss the band as White's vanity project, but that would be unfair.

The quintet are obviously apt musicians. But unfortunately, they are a bit boring. Frontman Davis LeDuke isn't charismatic enough to take control and entertain the crowd. The songs aren't memorable enough to leave any kind of impression beyond, "Well, that was nice."

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I'm not sure which one is better for a band: being horrible but memorable or OK and forgettable. In any case, Bad Things falls in the latter category. But, hey, they've got Shaun White on guitar!

The crowd gathered at Grand Central wasn't there to see Bad Things, though.

See also: Ten Best Girl Bands Ever


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Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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14 comments
Enrique Merlano
Enrique Merlano

Saw them in Orlando and they rocked it. (They had the A/C cranked up over there at the beacham.. It was freezing!)

Amanda Cover
Amanda Cover

Yes, I agree. It was sweltering. I was soaked when I left. Both bands commented on it too, so it certainly wasn't our imagination.

Osmin Head Morales
Osmin Head Morales

great show on Saturday, can't wait to see them again at Lollapalooza

Jose M Gonzalez
Jose M Gonzalez

Miami New Times, the temperature wouldn't have been an issue if you're a camel. I was also there for Cut Copy & the heat was just as bad.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Jose, we were there and the temperature wasn't an issue. Now if you are in the pit area, it's going to get hot no matter what the venue does.

Jose M Gonzalez
Jose M Gonzalez

Grand Central needs to invest in a better a/c system

Amanda Cover
Amanda Cover

This might be the first thing you guys have ever written that I agree with ;)

Sascha
Sascha

You said it right!!! I'd say best show I've ever seen in Miami, and I have seen a lot of shows! I have also never seen a Miami audience give so much love back to a band...thanks for showing up Miami! 

The simple light effects were out of this world!

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