Marquee: The Antlers & Phantogram at the Basement

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Antlers broke through much the same way as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but where Clap Your Hands said party, the Antlers say die.

In early 2009, the Brooklyn trio self-released its third album, "Hospice," an ornate song cycle about a man helplessly watching the love of his life succumb to cancer. After catching the attention of NPR, the emotional catharsis struck a chord with listeners worldwide, and the record quickly sold out. A re-release on French Kiss and indie stardom followed shortly.

They'll be joined Friday at The Basement by Phantogram, a duo that combines synth-driven electro pop and trip-hop sounds with guitar-based indie rock. Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel's debut "Eyelid Movies" feels a little like Portishead performing with the space-age gusto of acts like MGMT and Gorillaz.

The Antlers and Phantogram both played slightly smaller Columbus venues last year (Cafe Bourbon Street and the Treehouse, respectively). See them now before they graduate beyond "intimate engagement" status.

When: 8 p.m. Friday, April 16

Where: The Basement, Arena District