City Paper is not for tourists
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.’s few exceptional natives are actor David Hyde Pierce, porn star Dave Cummings, one of the oldest performers still working in the industry, and weirdo medium Jane Roberts. And now there’s Phantogram, the electronica-rock duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. Carter returned to his hometown for down time after dropping out of college. Judging by the records that followed, he found it to be angst central. EP and Running From the Cops feature minor-key songs about schizophrenia and emotional betrayal. Carter’s cranked guitar and Barthel’s spaced-out vocals and dissonant breakbeats, in the tradition of great guy-girl combos She&Him and Matt & Kim, are both melancholy and spry, yet slow and jammy enough to earn applause from fellow Saratogian Trey Anastasio.
PHANTOGRAM PERFORMS AT 8:30 P.M. AT THE ROCK & ROLL HOTEL, 1353 H ST. NE. $12. (202) 388-7625.