The Antlers

The last time the Antlers played Seattle, it was May of last year and they sold out Neumos—partly due to the cult following of their 2009 cancer-themed album Hospice, but largely because of the draw of their popular opening act, Phantogram. What’s changed since then—and garnered a bunch of new Antlers fans—is the release of the band’s fourth LP, Burst Apart, a emotionally-charged album of desperately sad songs made beautiful by frontman Peter Silberman’s shimmering falsetto. With titles like “Putting the Dog to Sleep” and lyrics like “I’m not a puppy you take home/Don’t bother trying to fix my heart,” Burst Apart can be a heavy record to get through, but the rippling melodies and spellbinding tones are too pretty not to warm up to. With Avi Buffalo, Ghosts I’ve Met. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Sept. 9, 9 p.m., 2011