Around The Blogs: Phantogram, Peter Gabriel, DJs and a February CNY Music Calendar

The start of 2010 brings about more news on Phantogram (plus a chance to see them) and a few other local best-of lists from '09.

Thought the passing of '09 would mark the end for our Phantogram love here? The Saratoga Springs duo just keeps making stride after stride and recently they had their EP named one of the top albums of '09 from a Minnesota radio station, found "Mouthful of Diamonds" as the download single of the week at Starbucks and then made their first appearance on  See below for their upcoming CNY date and make sure to catch them before they're too big for the area (it may be soon... they're trying to contact the NYT and NPR is lining up to stream their album early).  via @Phantogram

+ Another album to look for (hmm, a great Otto-Tune podcast topic?) is the upcoming release from veteran Peter Gabriel.  He won't play with Genesis at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, but he is releasing covers of his favorite modern bands (including Arcade Fire and Radiohead). Stereogum has a first listen. via NME, Rolling Stone and Stereogum

+ Check out the feature on local DJs: The Syracuse Scene Remixed. One of the DJ's record label, O, Morning Records, recently raised $5,000 to help get them off the ground. (Congrats!)

+ Finally, there are still two weeks left in January and that's enough time to sneak in a few more best-of lists from 2009.  We've had a few here already - I offerred a Syracuse music list and Jett Wells provided Top Songs (even if I disagree) - but here's two more of the same from CNY outlets. The Post-Standard's Listen Up blog had a CNY Year in Music list and Ra Ra Riot (technically a Syracuse outlet*) had their Top Songs. Yes, it did include Discovery.

CNY Upcoming Shows for February


Suzanne Vega - 2/3 (Wed)

Lewis Black - 2/4 (Thur)

George Clinton - 2/24 (Wed) 




Cold Cave - 2/21 (Sun) 



Dan Deacon - 2/14 (Sun) 



Dr. Dog  - 1/30 (Sat)

Ani DiFranco - 2/5 (Sat)

Black Violin - 2/18 (Thur)

Kid Cudi -  2/20 (Sat)



Editors - 2/16 (Tues)

Blogger Picks for Must-See Shows...

Without stating the obvious (GO SEE KID CUDI, PHANTOGRAM AND GEORGE CLINTON), here are a few of the other shows definitely worth a ticket in February...

1) Dr. Dog - Underrated indie band makes it way to Syracuse for a show. The truly intriguing part is that the opener, The Silent League, is a group made of past members of Arcade Fire and The National.

2) Ani DiFranco - I know what you're thinking ("Nate, what?!?"). I was assigned to cover a DiFranco show in 'Cuse in Fall '08 and despite little knowledge (or interest) in her stuff, I had a legitimate good time. There's a communal energy and supreme adoration between the crowd/DiFranco at her shows and it's worth experiencing at least once.

3) Cold Cave - A Jett Wells' songs of '09 award winner, Cold Cave marks the beginning of a small electronic surge in Buffalo's concert scene this semester (look out for YACHT in March).

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