Since releasing their luminous debut LP, Eyelid Movies, on Barsuk in February, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter of Phantogram have spent the year relentlessly touring in support of the album. And of the seemingly endless crop of boy-girl duos that have sprung to our attention since then, Phantogram still stands out as the sleekest, the most sophisticated, and perhaps even the most innovative – their music evenly combines unrelated elements of electronica, Motown, hip-hop, 60s French pop, and drony guitar rock. “It’s funky rhythms,” Carter told me earlier this year, “but underneath it’s real pretty music.” An intimidating long line of fans showed up at the pair’s last Neumos performance in May, so get there early. With Josiah Wolf. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Thu., Oct. 14, 7 p.m., 2010

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