Three Brooklyn bands slated to break nationally start by taking Manhattan. Even if The Antlers don’t break big, they still dream big—their recently released second album Hospice is a dreamy Antony-meets-Arcade-Fire song suite that is framed in the widescreen ideals of post-rock bands such as Explosions in the Sky. Its focus on weighty issues—love, cancer, death—never makes their gut-punching sonics seem overwrought. Fellow Brooklynites Uninhabitable Mansions have cred on their side: two of their members are in mid-’00s-feted crew Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, others come from Au Revoir Simone and Dirty on Purpose, and they even boast a fine artist in their ranks. But their glocksing-songy mega-pop probably would do just fine on its own. Finally, opener Sharon Van Etten brings post-Vashti “freak-folk” from its flowery mid-’90s period fully into its dark and brooding post-’00s period with a perfect shudder.
Tue., Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., 2009