The Antlers

Live Music: Explosions In The Sky w/The Antlers @ Rams Head Live - 10/1/11

Words: Kim   Photos: Derek

“Pulled together but about to burst apart”

I confess it: I went to this show an enthusiastic fan of the Antlers. They won me over on my first listen to their lyrically dense, disarmingly intimate Hospice. Lead singer and principal poet Peter Silberman shared his deepest secrets with us, his appreciative listeners - his enthusiastic stranger-confidants. On the other hand, I knew “Explosions in the Sky” only from those brief moments when their compositions graced the ever-graceful scenes of Friday Night Lights. And I didn’t even know their name.

Before we headed out to the show, I thought I’d do a bit of research to fill in my hipster-gaps. When I did, I had a few surprises. First: the Antlers were the opening act; Explosions was headlining. Second, Explosions was an instrumental rock group. Instrumental rock? Yep. Third, the show was sold out.

Listening to the Antlers again – particularly their latest album, Burst Apart – in the context of Explosions’ FNL-type pieces, I could hear a melodic convergence between the two bands. The night’s performance could prove interesting: the Antlers’ wordiness would balance out Explosions’ wordlessness; haunting melodies would connect the two performances into a balanced whole.

New Releases: 5/10/11 - You now have permission to move in stereo!!


What do these three albums have in common? NOTHING!!!! Except may that they are out TODAY!!! Stylistically this week is sort of a freakshow, big-ish releases from old new wave bands, grrrrrrrl punks, weird folkies and this guy.

Sailing on the seas of WTF!!?!

So all of that AND a Sloan album? A week full of win indeed.

Here's the rest of your list. Now go out and BUY something!!


The Antlers - Burst Apart

Birds and Arrows - We're Gonna Run

Black Label Society - The Song Remains Not the Same

The Cars - Move Like This

Christopher Cross - Doctor Faith

Delay Trees (Finnish dream-pop group) - Delay Trees

Farewell Continental - ÁHey, Hey Pioneers!

The Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida

Gardens - Gardens

Globes, The - Future Self

Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule co-founder) - Man in Motion

Here We Go Magic - The January EP

Hey Champ - Anything At All 

Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply singer) - Tennessee: The Nashville Sessions

Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis

Le Butcherettes - Sin Sin Sin

Liturgy - Aesthethica

Lonely Island, The (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) - Turtleneck & Chain

Magnetic Man (British dubstep supergroup) - Magnetic Man

Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math

Matthew Morrison (actor-singer who plays glee club director Will Schuester on Fox's "Glee") - Matthew Morrison

Moving Mountains - Waves

ohGr (Skinny Puppy's Ogre and Mark Walk) - unDeveloped

Okkervil River - I Am Very Far

Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Christina Perri - lovestrong.

Lee Scratch Perry - Rise Again

Andy Petr (19-year-old electronic whiz) - Rapper Turned Singer 

Psychedelic Horseshit - Laced

Sam Roberts Band - Collider

Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin' 

Skold - Anomie

Sloan - The Double Cross

Spindrift - Classic Soundtracks, Vol. 1

This Will Destroy You - Tunnel Blanket

Tyler, the Creator (leader of hip-hop collective Odd Future) - Goblin

Steven Tyler - (It) Feels So Good 

Urge Overkill - Rock&Roll Submarine

Wave Pictures, The (British trio) - Beer in the Breakers

Wilderness of Manitoba, The - When You Left the Fire

ZOMBI - Escape Velocity