Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY
Why They Matter: Friends since junior high school, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter crafted a unique brand of edgy synth-pop on last year's Eyelid Movies. Their blending of electronic loops, hip-hop beats, shoegaze, soul, and pop suggests a diverse urban influence, although they grew up and live in rural New York state.
You Should Know: The band recently caught the attention of renowned indie-rock aficionado Jay-Z -- or at least his editorial team, who big-upped the duo on Hova's Life & Times.
LISTEN: Phantogram, "As Far As I Can See"