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On the heels of releasing Acoustic at the Ryman earlier this month, Band of Horses arrive in New York City this week for a sold-out acoustic performance at Town Hall on Friday. And The House List just so happens to be giving away two tickets. So if you don’t already have any, try to Grow a Pair for FREE. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Band of Horses, 2/28) and a brief message explaining why you want to see the reverb-loving five-piece unplugged. Eddie Bruiser, a fan since Everything All the Time, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
Band of Horses – Grand Ballroom/Hammerstein Ballroom – December 11, 2012
Before playing a monster two-hour set at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Band of Horses played an hour’s worth of acoustic material seven floors up in the Grand Ballroom. Not only was lead singer Ben Bridwell hell-bent on playing the band’s full catalog across the two shows, but he wasn’t shy about how shakily reformatted he thought some would sound when played acoustic. And while he prefaced almost every song with a quip about how unprepared they felt, that certainly didn’t affect the performances. With the fuzz of their electric guitars removed, the California (by way of South Carolina) band let their Southern influences show. Tracks like “Marry Song” saw Ryan Monroe substitute grand piano for the normal Fender Rhodes, and “Detlef Schrempf” had its delicate and reverberant guitar parts traded for sparkling acoustic guitar licks played by Bridwell and Tyler Ramsey.
It got even rarer with Bridwell’s solo performance of “St. Augustine,” but the band didn’t just stay slow the whole set. They tucked fan-favorite “The Funeral” into the latter half, and even pleased the obligatory guy in the crowd yelling for Skynyrd by figuring out “Simple Man” on the fly (and doing a pretty damn good job playing it). The show ended with the bouncy “The General Specific,” which got the sizable Grand Ballroom audience dancing in the aisles, in part thanks to the song, and in part because for most of them the night was far from over: They were about to head downstairs for round two.
Two-and-a-half hours later, Band of Horses churned through more than 60 minutes of material during their first electric set, as they covered songs that hadn’t been touched earlier. They reached deep into their bag early on for versions of “Part One” and “The First Song,” both from their first album, 2006’s Everything All the Time, and sprinkled in some new (the heavier, more straightforward “Dumpster World”) as Bridwell joked plenty about trying to remember some of the songs.
When the clock ticked just past midnight, the band took a break before returning for a second hour-long set, this time covering more of their newer material while also overlapping some of the old they had already played at the acoustic show, like “No One’s Gonna Love You.” The blended sets displayed everything the band has to offer, like their beautifully sweet vocal harmonies and slide guitar–tinged rock. But the night also showed off the group’s fun side, as Bridwell and his bandmates pulled off playing a dizzying amount of songs without it turning into Benny Hill, and for that the crowd was just as loud at 1 a.m. as they were when it began. —Sean O’Kane
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Band of Horses already had two LPs and an EP to their credit by the time they released a stunner of an album, Infinite Arms, in 2010. It featured a new lineup, a full, five-piece-band sound, plenty of reverb and layered harmonies, and, of course, Ben Bridwell’s terrific voice. Plus, it led to the band playing big festivals, like Jazz Fest, and twice gracing the stage at Madison Square Garden, opening for Pearl Jam and My Morning Jacket. Late this past summer, Band of Horses (above, playing “Knock Knock” on Late Show with David Letterman) released their fourth album, Mirage Rock (stream it below), of which American Songwriter says, “Band of Horses have embraced a more mature, laid-back kind of rock … and it’s a comfortable, cozy fit.” And as their U.S. tour for the new LP winds down, the band comes to New York City next Tuesday for two special shows in one night: The first, an acoustic set at the Grand Ballroom at the Hammerstein Ballroom, is sold out, but tickets still remain for the second, an electric set downstairs in the main room at the Hammerstein, with Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy fame) opening. One of the benefits of living in NYC is stuff like this. So make sure you take advantage of it.
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My Morning Jacket – Madison Square Garden – December 14, 2011
Sure, it’s an impressive feat to pull the sword out of the stone. But what really matters is if you can slay the dragon once you’ve got that weapon in your hand. And last night, My Morning Jacket, having the Excalibur of arena rock shows in their grip, killed the beast that is Madison Square Garden like few can. Opening with “Victory Dance,” the stage awash in fiery orange light, Jim James seemed to be leading the amped crowd into battle with him. From there it was two straight hours of MMJ favorites, special guests and guns-a-blazing guitar jams. Each song seemed to top the previous one with barely a pause in between—the band and crowd stepping up a ladder one rung at a time until finally we all looked down with a collective “Whoa! How did we get up this high?”
James raced around the stage like an uncaged animal bound with contagious energy, using every inch of real estate, occasionally with a towel awkwardly around his head, other times more dramatically wrapped in a cape. In a show that was an unending highlight reel, my personal favorite stretch included “Smokin’ from Shootin’,” which led into the quintessential MMJ jam with Patrick Hallahan taking control on drums before dissolving into a long, electronic “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream, Pt. 2.” This was impossibly capped by a thrust-your-arms-in-the-air, utterly relentless “Off the Record.” Perhaps equally impressive were the quiet moments, particularly a gorgeous version of “Golden” with Carl Broemel moving to pedal steel, James on acoustic and the crowd as quiet and attentive as an MSG audience can be.
Songs off Circuital fit right in with older material. But not to rest on the power of their normal repertoire, the band invited several guests onstage to add new twists: members of opener Band of Horses, a horn section that punctuated MMJ favorites like “Dancefloors” and Brian Jackson, who added flute to a superlative version of “Dondante” and a perfect cover of Gil Scott Heron’s “The Bottle” (on which he originally played). The show ended just as strongly as it had started, with a seven-song encore, including James solo acoustic on “Bermuda Highway” and the always explosive “One Big Holiday,” which had the mighty dragon of MSG lying defeated in a heap and yet still screaming for more. —A. Stein
Infinite Arms, the third studio album by Band of Horses, comes out next Tuesday. But in this age of instant gratification, who wants to wait six whole days to hear the new tunes? Obviously, the correct answer is no one. So in that vain, the band has made the first song off the disc, “Factory,” a ballad, available for download here. And if that weren’t enough, you can also stream the entire album at stream.bandofhorses.com. Happy listening!