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Electronic music groups Miike Snow, Phantogram to take the GSR stage

Mark Earnest  |  Best Bets

Two groups that are on the leading edge of electronic music will take the stage on June 30 and Grand Sierra Resort. Both Miike Snow and Phantogram have earned mainstream airplay and attention, as well as critical acclaim, for their individual styles.

Miike Snow (yes, it is spelled that way) isn’t a solo act but a longtime trio of writers and producers, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt. Winnberg and Karlsson were bandmates in their native Sweden from their early teens and also formed a songwriting and production duo called Bloodshy and Avant. Under that name, they worked with pop singers such as Madonna and Britney Spears, for whom they produced the big hit, “Toxic.”

While working for Spears in 2004, Karlsson and Winnberg met Wyatt, a New York songwriter/producer. They decided to work on songs together as Miike Snow soon afterward. Wyatt sings for the group while Karlsson and Winnberg handle the music. Their self-titled debut was released in 2009 to solid reviews and the trio first toured the U.S. in 2012, the same year they released second album “Happy to You.”

The band’s latest album, “iii,” was released in March 2016. In a statement on its official website, Miike Snow writes that “iii” was “more than a year in the making and was recorded in nine different cities. We traveled over roughly 86,000 miles across the United States, Sweden and Thailand to finally makes it way (to completion).”

Miike Snow also did its most extensive touring yet last year, with stops at big festivals such as Coachella, South by Southwest and Lollapalooza. The group’s best known songs include “Black and Blue,” “Silvia,” “Paddling Out” and “Genghis Khan.”


'Hunger Games' fame

Hailing from New York, Phantogram is a duo featuring vocalist/keyboardist Sarah Barthel and vocalist/guitarist Josh Carter. Machine-driven drumbeats drive the band’s sound which is much closer to post-punk than the headliner’s work.

The group started in 2007 under a different name, Charlie Everywhere. Under that name, Barthel and Carter released two EPs on a small label. They received some critical notices, enough to get signed to a UK indie label and release their first EP as Phantogram. That caught the attention of the then-in-vogue music blogs, who helped the duo get signed to popular American indie label Barsuk in 2009.

Phantogram’s first album, “Eyelid Moves,” came out that year as the band toured and continued to receive critical raves. They also worked with Outkast member Big Boi on his solo album “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.”

Their second album, “Voices” in 2014, was released on major label Republic Records and became a mainstream breakthrough. It reached the top 10 albums chart, as did followup “Three” in 2016. The band’s best known songs include “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” “Fall in Love,” “Mouthful of Diamonds” and “Same Old Blues.” They were also featured on the soundtrack to “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with their song, “Lights.”