Phantogram uses upcoming tour to lend a hand to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Phantogram have been a fave of mine for a while, and I’m always thrilled to hear that they’ve got new tunes out, and that they’re coming to play my city.  I’m happy to share not only that those two awesome things are happening, but that Phantogram are taking things a step further and doing something beautiful with their tour.

Hailing from New York, Phantogram (Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel) are a genre bending duo who’ve been bringing together lovers of pop, rock, electronica, and more with their addictive tunes.  They’ve got 3 albums out and have headlined tours of their own and graced the stages of some of the worlds largest festivals.  It was, ironically, their single “Fall in Love” that drew me to the band and I’ve been hooked ever since.  Their 2016 third full-length, Three, (featuring the chart-topping single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” reached career-high positions on the Billboard Top 200 chart (#9) and Billboard Top Albums Sales chart (#5).

Three was completed in the wake of Barthel’s sister’s passing due to suicide, a shattering event which brought suicide prevention awareness to the forefront of the band’s consciousness and has informed their charitable giving and community outreach ever since.  Phantogram has decided to donate a portion of ticket sales to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. One dollar from the purchase of each ticket to their headline performances on their upcoming tour will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Isn’t it beautiful when you can go out to see a band you love and do a bit of good while you’re at it?

While planning for their tour, Phantogram also dropped their first new music since the Three album, releasing their new single “Into Happiness” earlier this summer, releasing the video for the song just a couple of weeks ago.  The band describes the song as one “about growth and realization of a lot of things in our lives over the years. We teamed up with Floria Sigismondi, whose work we’ve loved for some time; it was fun to put ourselves in her hands and let her take the video and song where she saw it going. Since we’ve known each other since preschool, she wanted to show our journey together throughout our lives.”

Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Rihanna) chimes in saying, “There is an Eastern myth about the red thread of fate—a string tied by the gods around one’s little finger connecting them to other souls they are destined to meet. The cord may stretch or tangle, but it never breaks and their fates are always tied. The ‘Into Happiness’ visual plays on this concept, metaphorically exploring this connection. We meet Sarah and Josh at different ages as they move through an enigmatic dreamworld, always connected by this red string representing their passion, friendship, and music.”

Check out the video for “Into Happiness” here:

In celebration of this new chapter for the band, Phantogram will be touring North America this summer, kicking off next month on August 16th in Reno, NV and making stops at New York’s King Theater on September 5th, Washington, D.C.’s The Anthem on September 6th, Atlanta’s Tabernacle on September 9th and more, as well as playing festival sets at Life Is Beautiful, Hopscotch Music Festival and others. The full list of tour dates can be found below, and tickets are available now at



August 16                    Reno, NV                    Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort*
August 17                    Ogden, UT                  Twilight Concert Series*
August 18                    Denver, CO                 The Mission Ballroom
August 19                    Estes Park, CO           Stanley Hotel
August 20                    Bellvue, CO                Mishawaka Amphitheatre*
August 22                    Council Bluffs, IA        Stir Cove at Harrah’s*
August 23                    Kansas City, MO        KC Live!*
August 25                    St. Paul, MN               Palace Theatre*
August 27                    Madison, WI                The Sylvee*
August 28                    Columbus, OH            Express Live!*
August 29                    Detroit, MI                   The Fillmore*
August 30                    Toronto, ON                Danforth Music Hall*
August 31                    Clifton Park, NY          Upstate Concert Hall
September 3               Boston, MA                 House of Blues*
September 4               New Haven, CT          College Street Music Hall*
September 5               Brooklyn, NY               Kings Theatre
September 6               Washington, D.C.       The Anthem*
September 7               Raleigh, NC                Hopscotch Music Festival
September 9               Atlanta, GA                 Tabernacle*
September 10             Birmingham, AL          Avondale Brewing Company*
September 12             Houston, TX                White Oak Music Hall*
September 13             Dallas, TX                   The Bomb Factory*
September 14             Austin, TX                   Stubb’s*^
September 15             El Paso, TX                 Lowbrow Palace*
September 16             Phoenix, AZ                The Van Buren*
September 22             Las Vegas, NV            Life Is Beautiful
November 22              San Diego, CA            Wonderfront Music Festival
* with Bob Moses
^ Sold Out


Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Addicted Magazine. Her myriad of addictions include music, fashion, travel, technology, boxing and trying to make the world a better place. Nadia is also a feminist, an animal lover, and a neverending dreamer. Keep up with her on social media through @thenadiae.
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