Last Night: The xx, Phantogram at The Great American Music Hall

The xx
@ The Great American Music Hall
June 1, 2010

Better than: The light show at the Planetarium.

The Great American Music Hall was flooded with an unusual excess of smoke and bass during the Phantogram and The xx show last night. It didn't seem to bother anyone though. The audience didn't have to change the tempo of their head nodding throughout both bands' sets. The monotony of the music combined with the low-energy performances would have been almost unbearable if there hadn't been a killer light show breaking the trance

The psyche pop duo, Phantogram, played their set through the haze of the smoke, often disappearing into it when the lighting changed. Keyboardist and singer Sarah Barthel has a voice reminiscent of early Portishead. Her stage presence drew the attention away from her partner, guitarist Josh Carter, who looked oblivious to everything but the guitar he was playing. Phantogram's set induced a lull in the audience that The xx's performance only enhanced. The hypnotizing electronic beats, with massive bass that reverberated through every nerve in the body was the overriding force of the evening that sadly; the show wasn't as effective as it was hyped up to be.

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