Concert Review: Phantogram, CHVRCHES, and Cherub Play Summer Block Party in Philly

It’s a sure sign summer is right around the corner when the annual Radio 104.5 Block Parties begin. This year’s series kicked off with Phantogram, CHVRCHES, and Cherub. Check out the photos and write-up after the jump.

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Held at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, the annual event welcomed a crowd that appeared much larger than past years. Hidden among the sea of fans were a wedding party and none other than Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White (who was there to support girlfriend, Phantogram singer Sarah Barthel).


Festival season has officially arrived.


Kicking off the party was Scotland’s CHVRCHES, who opened up with “We Sink” and played other hits including “Gun” and “Recover” off 2013’s The Bones of What You Believe. As the sun shone brighter during their set, singer Lauren Mayberry joked it was the first time the sun had come out for Scottish people. They closed their set with arguably the biggest hit of the day “The Mother We Share,” which had the entire crowd singing along word-for-word.

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Lauren Mayberry enjoys the sun.

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Master of the synth…


Next up was duo Cherub, who has an apparent love for partying and having fun. Their entire set was full of dancing and happy tunes that turned the crowd into a wave of crowd surfers.

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Cherub gets the crowd hyped.

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“Waka Flocka, anyone?”


Last up were the electronic rockers, Phantogram. As the band took the stage, the crowd chanted “USA! USA!” – in obvious support of Barthel’s relationship with Shaun White. They kicked off their set with a new song, “Nothing But Trouble” off their latest album, Voices.

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They played a few more tracks off the album most notably “Fall In Love,” with its synth and bass-heavy beats, matched with Barthel’s seductive vocals. They wrapped up the block party with “When I’m Small,” leading Barthel to climb the barricades, while fans sang along and tried to high-five their favorite pop goddess.

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Sarah Barthel waving her signature hair to the rhythm.


A salute to the crowd.

If Saturday’s block party was any indicator of what’s to come, we’re in for one fun summer. You can check out the next one on June 7th (this one takes place at Festival Pier) featuring the The Head and The Heart, Bear Hands, and one more acts TBA.

Article and photos by Erika Reinsel

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