The Antlers

Mercury Lounge; Fri 21

Even as the record business faces its demise, the past few years have seen a handful of bright spots. One such glimmer finds indie labels picking up previously self-released albums by artists like Bon Iver and the Rural Alberta Advantage for a wider rerelease.

Peter Silberman and his group, the Antlers, celebrate the second coming of Hospice at this show. The wistful concept album, about the death of a cancer patient, ended up in the right places earlier this year—including the TONY offices, where the Antlers performed an emotional version of “Shiva” in May. Frenchkiss Records scooped it up, and puts the disc on shelves across the country this week. Ten somber, moving songs, Hospice guarantees that Silberman & Co. won’t be self-releasing any material for a long time to come.—Colin St. John

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