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The Antlers played Terminal 5 w/ Editors (pics, setlist), playing BV SXSW, touring w/ Phantogram, National (dates)

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

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“People don’t mean any harm,” the Antlers singer said from Brooklyn in a recent phone interview. “But they’ll ask, ‘Is the song ‘Bear’ about abortion?’ before they even say hello. Whoa, what? It’s like going up to a stranger and asking how their mom died. I don’t know how I feel about it.”

But you can’t blame fans for feeling close enough to the heartbroken narrator of the band’s breakout record, “Hospice,” to ask for details. The lo-fi concept album, centered on a terminally ill patient and her caregiver, is intimate and haunting. The 10 tracks deal with loss, death, guilt, and even Sylvia Plath (“Sylvia, get your head out of the oven / Go back to screaming and cursing, remind me again how everyone betrayed you.”) The stuff of nightmares, really.

“Hospice,” self-released by Silberman last March, garnered serious buzz and ended up on several best-of-2009 lists. Venerable indie label Frenchkiss Records re-released the album in August. The Antlers headlined a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom in December and are on a tour with Editors…. [Boston Globe]

That tour brought the two bands to Terminal 5 on Friday night (2/19). Pictures and setlists from that show are in this post. Editors were supporting their new album, out now in the U.S. on the Fader label. The tour ended last night (2/21) at 9:30 Club in DC. The tour started right after The Antlers played BAM with Ra Ra Riot which wasn’t long after the Antlers played a Haiti benefit at City Winery with Patti Smith.

Coming up for The Antlers: a tour of Europe, a headlining tour with Phantogram, an opening slot on The National‘s upcoming dates (including Radio City Music Hall, but not Prospect Park), and… the BrooklynVegan day show at Club DeVille in Austin on Friday, March 19th with Lucero and more bands TBA. They then play the Frenchkiss & Mom+Pop official SXSW showcase at Galaxy Room (formerly Radio Room & Borboun Rocks) that same night (with Freelance Whales, Local Natives, An Horse, Suckers, and Les Savy Fav).

All dates and more pictures below…

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The Antlers – 2010 European Tour Dates
Mar 2 – Scopitone Club Paris
Mar 3 – Union Chapel – SOLD OUT! London
Mar 4 – Jericho Tavern Oxford
Mar 5 – Hanbury Ballrooms Brighton
Mar 6 – AB Brussels
Mar 8 – Bang Bang Club Berlin
Mar 9 – Prinzen Bar Hamburg
Mar 10 – Jazz House – SOLD OUT! Copenhagen
Mar 12 – Debaser Malmo
Mar 13 – Debaser Stockholm
Mar 14 – Landmark Bergen
Mar 15 – Bla Oslo

The Antlers – North American 2010 Tour Dates
Fri-Mar-19 -Austin, TX – BrooklynVegan Day Party @ Club DeVille
Fri-Mar-19 -Austin, TX – Frenchkiss SXSW Showcase @ Galaxy Room
Fri-Apr-16 – Columbus, OH – The Basement +
Sat-Apr-17 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club +
Sun-Apr-18 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon +
Tue-Apr-20 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre +
Wed-Apr-21 – Iowa City, IA – The Blue Moose +
Thu-Apr-22 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall +
Fri-Apr-23 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig +
Wed-Apr-28 – San Diego, CA – Casbah +
Fri-Apr-30 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour +
Sat-May-01 – San Francisco, CA – Independent +
Mon-May-03 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge +
Tue-May-04 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret +
Wed-May-05 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s +
Wed-Jun-02 – Boston, MA – House of Blues *
Thu-Jun-03 – Boston, MA – House of Blues *
Fri-Jun-04 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory *
Sat-Jun-05 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory *
Sun-Jun-06 – Washington, DC – Constitution Hall *
Tue-Jun-08 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *
Wed-Jun-09 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *
Wed-Jun-16 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall *
+ w/ Phantogram
* w/ The National

The National – all 2010 Tour Dates

March

* 28 Big Ears Festival, Tennessee

April

* 21 Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles
* 22 The National, Richmond
* 23 The National, Richmond
* 26 Fox Oakland Theatre, Oakland

May

* 03 House Of Blues (Boston), Boston
* 04 Electric Factory, Philadelphia
* 06 Royal Albert Hall, London
* 07 Le Zenith, Paris
* 09 Astra, Berlin
* 09 Massey Hall, Toronto
* 22 Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles
* 23 Spreckels Theater, San Diego
* 27 Fox Oakland Theatre, Oakland

June

* 02 House Of Blues (Boston), Boston
* 05 Electric Factory, Philadelphia
* 06 Dar Constitution Hall, DC
* 08 Massey Hall, Toronto
* 16 Radio City Music Hall, New York

July

* 27 Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn

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