While pairing Phantogram and Action Bronson seems a little odd, both acts hail from New York — Phantogram from the upstate town of Greenwich and Bronson from Queens. Phantogram’s sound borders on electronic-rock-psych-pop, inspired by the eerie sounds of Sonic Youth and the quirkiness of the Flaming Lips. Conversely, Action Bronson is all hip-hop, inspired by the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Cam’ron and Mobb Deep. Prior to hip-hop, Bronson was a beloved gourmet chef in New York City and even created an online cooking show called Action in the Kitchen. Prior to Phantogram, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter were both highly involved in the arts and music. You can’t deny though, that for both acts, music and New York are inextricably linked.
Sat., Sept. 13, 6:15 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 10, 2014