Walking towards Horseshoe Tavern in the late afternoon with headphones clad and high spirit, I was leaping at the premise of hearing Peter Silberman’s distort vocals lull me into trance and shouting back the lyrics to ‘Head Rolls Off’ by Frightened Rabbit. Meandering past the dimly lit bar and a few security officers, I found a snug position next to the stage between a set of speakers. The following three hours consisted of worn vocal cords, stolen set lists, and intermittent declarations of undying love to the various performers and audience members alike.

Glowing underneath crimson stage lights, a serene Joshua Bertram approached the stage alongside drummer Kerry Latham as the evening’s first act. The pair modestly introduced themselves as Our Brother the Native and began their set to what can only be described as an hour of shattering ambient bliss. With melodic layers abound and warped vocal loops, the duo from Ann Arbor, Michigan flooded the patchwork dance floor with sound. Hidden between two boxes overflowing with wires and electronics, Joshua thanked the now burgeoning audience and finishing the set, left the stage, leaving a comforting ring and gratifying resonance in the crowd’s ears.

Our Brother the Native – Well Bred
The Antlers – Two
Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper

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