Just a few weeks back, Band of Horses stopped by WXPN for NonCOMM. They played us some old favorites, such as “No One’s Gonna Love You,” but impressed with songs off their upcoming fifth studio album Why Are You Ok. “Casual Party” injected a rowdiness into the crowd, proving the new material is well-received so far. Continue reading →
Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell has had a reflective week – the Seattle born, South Carolina-based band’s Facebook feed is currently filled with pictures of handwritten lyric sheets, previously unheard demos and outtakes and a photo of the original contract Bridwell signed with Sub Pop back in 2005. All of this was in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Band of Horses’ debut LP Everything All the Time. And in the midst of reaching this milestone, the band has also announced a new record to follow up 2012’s Mirage Rock. Why Are You Ok will be out in June, with Bridwell and co. previewing the new material for Non-COMM attendees in May.
While walking east towards Union Transfer on Tuesday night, loud rain could be heard in the immediate distance. This was odd because no rain was falling where I was. Then, like out of a movie, I walked into a rainstorm. It was this otherworldly experience that ushered in a night of music with Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell.
Playing behind Sing Into My Mouth, a covers album they recently released, Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) and Bridwell (frontman of Band of Horses) showcased their musical friendship to a sold out crowd. Trading lead vocal duties and often singing in harmony, these old friends give their own folksy rock take to a number of varying tunes. Standout moments included Sade’s “Bulletproof Soul,” the unexpected Americana turn of Spiritualized with “The Straight and Narrow” and a rousing version of David Gilmour’s “There’s No Way Out of Here.” Continue reading →
This year, Sam Beam of long running indie folk project Iron & Wine got together with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses to produce Sing Into My Mouth, a record of covers from Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)” to Pete Seeger’s “Coyote, My Little Brother.” Tonight, they headline Union Transfer; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Ben Bridwell, the lead singer of Band Of Horses has teamed up with Iron & Wine for a tour this summer that brings them to Philly, and a new album of covers, Sing Into My Mouth. The album is out July 17th and offers a diverse, wide ranging collection of covers. Continue reading →
Longtime friends Sam Beam (otherwise known as Iron & Wine) and Band of Horses‘ Ben Bridwell have come together for their first collaborative album.
Sing Into My Mouth, which is scheduled for release on July 17, will hold 12 tracks that have influenced both men as musicians, such as “No Way Out of Here,” originally recorded by Unicorn, and eventually released David Gilmour of Pink Floyd’s solo debut. The duo performed this track on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Continue reading →
Wow. I really don’t know that there are any other words for it – wow wow wow. What a tremendous way to close this year’s XPoNential Music Festival: an outrageous, high-energy performance from the one and only Beck, with the stage being nicely set by the rousing rock anthems of Band of Horses and an intense performance from Central PA noisemakers The Districts. A triple-header that contained as much bottled-up energy as the rest of the weekend alone.
After the festival attendees were ushered from Wiggins Park to the Susquehanna Bank Center by Philly’s New Sound Brass Ensemble, The Districts took the stage shortly after 7 with an atmospheric and expressive performance of “Long Distance.” It was a bittersweet set for the guys, since it was the band’s last gig performing with founding guitarist Mark Larson. Continue reading →
David Wax Museum classifies their own sound as “Mexo-Americana,” claiming a uniqueness that blends Americana folk and Latin influences into one. Upon the release of their fourth album, Knock Knock Get Up, they were named WXPN’s Artist to Watch – and for obvious reasons you can hear for yourself tonight at Ardmore Music Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $18 tickets can be purchased here.
Back in February, XPoNential Music Festival headliners Band of Horses went unplugged on the stage of the Merriam Theater, which was decked out in cozy living room decor. The band’s setlist that night was career-spanning, and whether you were front row cheering along or at home because you couldn’t snag tickets, we’ve gathered together some highlights from the performance on YouTube for you to watch below.
Band of Horses performs at XPoNential Music Festival the summer at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Sunday, July 27th. Tickets for their show are available here, via LiveNation. Be sure to stay tuned for the full #xpnfest lineup announcement this Thursday morning at 9 a.m.