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Lovers of lush arrangement and swooning chorus take heed: Brooklynites the Antlers seem to have perfected one-man-master dream pop. Frontman Peter Silberman pulled drummer Michael Lerner and multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci into what was once a solo project while recording his latest and best LP, Hospice. The album tells the story of an abusive relationship between a terminally ill patient and his sympathetic caretaker. Its songs start slow, evolve into galloping, symphonic sprints, and are punctuated by melodramatic ballads. NPR’s All Songs Considered named it the best album of the year so far, and the Antlers have signed to the Brooklyn label Frenchkiss, which will reissue the LP in August.
THE ANTLERS PERFORM AT 9:30 p.m. WITH AU REVOIR SIMONE AND JEFF LEWIS AT the ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL, 1353 H ST. NE. $12–$14. (202) 388-7625.