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Phantogram — the band build around the duo of Sarah Barthel and Joshua Carter — delivered a sonically and visually arresting performance on Tuesday at the Hollywood Palladium as they kicked off the week that will end in Friday’s release of their third full-length, “Three.” Leading up to the release, the duo have teased half the songs on the 10-track album, and they played four of them Tuesday, including “Cruel World” during the encore and “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” to close out the show.
They played the first four songs of the evening from behind a screen, Barthel and Carter silhouetted for “Funeral Pyre,” then abstract projections that turned into Barthel’s visage for “Don’t Move,” and then geometric shapes for “Black Out Days” and “Turn Into Stone.” The screen would return for the four-song encore.
In between, they eschewed very much in the way of chit-chat except to mention they were nervous playing new songs. They performed their first two singles from 2009, “When I’m Small” and “Mouthful of Diamonds,” as well as their biggest U.S. hit, “Fall in Love.”
Photos by Annie Lesser