PICS: Phantogram, Tycho at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre

Phantogram played a bold indie-rock/trip-hop set SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on Thursday, May 24 -- while opener Tycho focused on the ethereal.

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Phantogram -- who last performed in San Diego on Oct. 1, 2016, at the Observatory North Park -- brought a packed crowd to the outdoor venue.
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The duo, which originally hails from Greenwich, New York, consists of Josh Carter (vocals, guitar, production, pictured right) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, bass, keyboards). They accompanied on the road by touring musicians.
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The band got their start in 2007 and have described their sound as "street beat, psych pop." According to Carter, their music has "lots of rhythms, swirling guitars, spacey keyboards, echoes, airy vocals."
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Some of their main influences include the Beatles, David Bowie, the Flaming Lips, Kevin Shields and Prince.
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The two musicians have been friends since junior high school. After playing some live shows and releasing two EPs on Sub-Bombin Records between 2007-2008, they changed their band name from Charlie Everywhere to Phantogram.
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The band name change was inspired by an optical illusion, in which two-dimensional images appear to be three-dimensional.
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In October of 2009, they signed to Barsuk Records and released their debut album "Eyelid Movies" later that year. In 2011, they released their "Nightlife" EP with the single "Don't Move."
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Afterward, the duo collaborated with Big Boi from OutKast on three songs ("Objectum Sexuality," "CPU" and "Lines") from his second solo album "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors."
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On Sept. 30, 2013, they released a self-titled EP through Republic Records, and followed that on Feb. 18, 2014 with their second studio full-length album "Voices."
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In 2015, they collaborated with Big Boi once again for a seven-song EP entitled "Big Grams." The following year, they released "Three" -- their third studio album.
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"Three" debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart and No. 9 on the Billboard 200 -- and spawned the singles "You Don't Get Me High Anymore," "Run Run Blood," "Cruel World" and "Same Old Blues."
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On May 24, they played a 15-song set, which included: "You're Mine," "Same Old Blues," "Don't Move," "Run Run Blood," "Turning Into Stone," "Mouthful of Diamonds," "Answer," "Cruel World," "Calling All," "Black Out Days," "Fall in Love," "When I'm Small," "Futuristic Casket," "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" and "Someday."
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Tycho helped get the party started earlier in the night.
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The group, fronted/masterminded by Scott Hansen (pictured, of which Tycho is his musical moniker), put on a beautiful show that seemed to float right up into the sky.
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The music is a combination of downtempo, ambient melodies featuring vintage synthesizers and echoed guitars.
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Hansen often incorporates clips of the human element into his mostly-instrumental songs (such as weather broadcasts, simple talking, breathing, etc).
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The first Tycho full-length studio album, "Past Is Prologue" was released in 2006. It was followed in 2011 by "Dive."
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2014 saw the release of "Awake" and in 2016, Tycho released "Epoch," his fourth full-length record.
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Since 2010, Hansen has enlisted a live band to accompany him onstage for shows. Members include Zac Brown (bass, guitar), Rory O'Connor (drums) and Billy Kim (bass, keyboards, guitar).
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Brown and O'Connor also work with Hansen on his studio recordings.
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Hansen is also known as ISO50 for his photographic and design work.
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The show was amazing and we already can't wait for these two great bands to come back to town!
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