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Band of Horses at Lee's Palace


It doesn't happen often, but every now and then you learn of a band that has been making waves you've yet to hear. When my trusted music savant friend Gary told me that his favourite record of the year so far was Band of Horses Everything All the Time, and after I discovered that Pitchfork rated it at 8.8, I knew I'd better take notice.

Hailing from Seattle, Sub Pop Records latest indie rockers Band of Horses have embarked on a North American tour and they've brought some friends along. The only scheduled Canadian stop was Toronto - and last night they arrived and performed for an enthusiastic bunch of (sweltering hot) fans at a sold-out show at Lee's Palace.

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(band of Horses singer Ben Bridwell - view it larger)

Apologizing in advance for the possible side-effects of drinking Canadian beer (which lead singer Ben Bridwell appeared to be rather fond of), the show opened with high energy. I was immediately impressed and intrigued by his voice - both for his unique voice print (some may say Neil Young-esque) and echoing style. What struck me most about their show was how wide-ranging and dynamic their music is. They almost playfully build then divert, get loud then fall soft, exude party then chill lounge. These guys are a great live show. Definitely snag the free mp3 downloads on their web site, and if you dig their songs, pick up their CD and watch for them when they make their next rounds to these parts . I certainly will.

Band of Horses continue their NA summer tour joined by opening acts The Can't See and Mt. Egypt.


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